12 April 2018 | EWZ Selnau, Zurich

Campus Day

An additional highlight has been added to
coveted Swiss Economic Award. After the visit by the experts, the second SEF.Award Campus Day will take place on 12 April 2018.

The Campus Day provides an attractive platform where the outstanding achievements of the young entrepreneurs can be honoured further. The popular event also has a strong media presence, which helps boost the profile of our young entrepreneurs considerably.

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15 start-up companies, 3-minute pitches, 9 finalists

After the successful premiere in 2017, the SEF.Award Campus Day will be held for a second time on 12 April 2018.

During this half-day event, the 15 best start-up companies of the year will go head to head with their fellow contenders. Each company will present itself on stage by way of a 3-minute pitch and a Q&A session.

The award experts and the audience will then evaluate the start-ups and choose the 9 finalists that will go on to set out their stall before 1,350 leading figures from Swiss business at SEF.2018 in Interlaken.

The media will be invited along to the Campus Day – an event that will provide the selected companies with a unique opportunity to introduce themselves to a wide audience and to increase awareness of their companies.

11.30 a.m.

Welcome & Networking Lunch

1 p.m.


1.10 p.m.

Pitches in the Production / Trade & Industry category

1.45 p.m.

2.10 p.m.

Pitches in the High-tech / Biotech category

2.45 p.m.

Networking break

3.30 p.m.

3.55 p.m.

Pitches in the Services category

4.30 p.m.

4.55 p.m.

Announcement of the nine SEF.Award finalists

5.10 p.m.

Networking Lounge

Languages: main language German, interspersed with English and French

Peter Vogel

Professor for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, IMD

Peter Vogel is a serial technology entrepreneur and Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship at IMD Business School. In his work he focuses on helping regions and countries build entrepreneurial ecosystems and companies to create an intrapreneurial ecosystem. His work is frequently referenced by leading medias such as Harvard Business Review, CNN or Financial Times. Peter Vogel is the founder and non-executive Chairman of the Delta Venture Partners AG as well as an Associate Partner of the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group.

Nadja Schildknecht

Co-Director, Zurich Film Festival

In 2005 Nadja Schildknecht along with two business partners established the Zurich Film Festival, which grew in a very short space of time to become an internationally successful festival. Today, as Managing Director and Co-Director, she is responsible for the financial side and for sponsorship, marketing, PR and events. In addition, as an entrepreneur she has responsibility for strategy and the development of the festival. Among other things, Ms Schildknecht is a member of the Board of Directors of AG Hallenstadion, president of the ZFF supporters’ club and a speaker at business schools.

Angelika von der Assen

Cert. Senior Mindfulness Consultant, Mindful in Business

Angelika von der Assen is passionate to bring mindfulness to the corporate world. She does this by introducing science-based, secular practices to her participants that can easily be applied in daily business. Besides her role as Head of Management Development at Switzerland’s largest energy supplier, she works as a self-employed senior mindfulness consultant for other companies as well.

Mascha Santschi


Mascha Santschi is a lawyer and managing director of Santschi & Felber JustizKommunikation GmbH, which provides support to authorities and businesses at the intersection of law and communication. Originally hailing from Berne, she worked as a moderator and editor at Radio Berner Oberland, served as a clerk at the Court of Appeal and was the Communication Officer for Lucerne’s court system. She is a member of the administrative board at KKL Luzern Management AG and a member of the Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television (UBI).