10 April 2019 | Zurich

Campus Day

An additional highlight has been added to
coveted Swiss Economic Award. The third SEF.Award Campus Day has taken place on 10 April 2019.

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.




15 start-up companies, 15 pitches, 9 finalists

This year’s SEF.Award Campus Day is being held on 10 April 2019.

The event will see the 15 best start-up companies of the year going head to head with their fellow contenders. Each company will introduce itself on stage by way of a 90-second pitch and a Q&A session. This year’s event will feature a new concept: four pitch challengers will pepper the start-ups in each pitch category with detailed questions and challenge them to defend their responses against their rivals. The pitch challengers – themselves former award winners or finalists – lead successful companies and know what it takes to do so.

The award experts and the audience will then nominate the nine finalists, who will go on to present themselves to 1,350 leading figures from Swiss business at SEF.2019 in Interlaken.

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

3.30 p.m.

Doors open

4.00 p.m.

Welcome address

4.05 p.m.

4.30 p.m.

Start-up pitches – introduction

4.40 p.m.

Pitches in the category High-Tech/Biotech

5.05 p.m.

Pitches in the category Trade & Industry Production

5.25 p.m.

6.00 p.m.

Pitches in the category Services

6.25 p.m.

6.50 p.m.

Announcement of the nine SEF.Award finalist

7.00 p.m.

Farewell aperitif

Languages: Main language German, partly English and French

Matthias Reinhart

CEO VZ Holding AG

Matthias Reinhart is CEO of VZ Group, where he has overall responsibility for managing the company. Before founding VZ in 1993, he spent five years as an associate and engagement manager with McKinsey & Co. in Zurich and Chicago. He completed his degree in business administration at the University of St. Gallen in 1986 (lic. oec. HSG).

He is a member of the board of directors of the stock corporation for Neue Zürcher Zeitung and of Madarex AG, Reinhart Holding AG and Familie Ernst Basler AG. He also sits on the board of trustees of the “Schweizerische Epilepsie-Stiftung.”

Jörg Wetzel

Specialist sports psychologist, Emergency psychologist and Owner Sport Psychologie Wetzel GmbH

As a sports and Olympic psychologist, Jörg Wetzel has supported numerous top athletes and teams in elite sport for more than 20 years. In winter 2018, Jörg Wetzel was in Pyeongchang for the seventh consecutive occasion as an Olympic psychologist as part of the Swiss delegation’s Swiss Olympic management team. He supports high performers in maintaining their standard over the long term and delivering when it matters.

Jörg Wetzel is involved in teaching (University of Berne, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Sports Coach Education Switzerland) and, via his company, passes on his knowledge and many years of experience to the worlds of sport and business in seminars, workshops and presentations.

Nina Mavis Brunner


Nina Mavis Brunner is a journalist and presenter of “Kulturzeit”, a magazine programme on TV channel 3Sat in Germany. She also presents Swiss broadcaster SRF’s “Kulturplatz” programme.

After leaving school with a university entrance qualification specialising in business studies, Brunner read ethnology and film studies at the University of Zurich. Since 2005 Nina Mavis Brunner, who is from eastern Switzerland, has worked as an editor, producer and presenter for SRF and the three-country ­TV channel 3sat in various formats in the fields of society, academia, politics and culture – from reporting on the WEF and the political magazine programme “Rundschau” through to music series and international documentaries.

Philip Bucher

CEO Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt

Philip Bucher received his doctorate in mechanical engineering and business management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He previously worked for Hilti Corporation in Liechtenstein as a corporate innovation manager, head of sales in Vienna and most recently as marketing director. Before founding the Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt in Winterthur, he was head of global marketing at Geberit AG in Jona.

Andrea Halter

Founder La Grange 2.0

Andrea Halter co-founded senseFly, a professional UAS manufacturer for surveying and mapping applications, in 2009 as a spin-off of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems of the EPFL. As head of marketing & sales, she drove senseFly’s business development, sales, marketing and product management until 2016, when senseFly became an entire part of the Parrot Group.

Since 2017 Andrea Halter shares her expertise with young entrepreneurs and startups in the UAS sector. As one of the most recognized UAS subject-matter experts, she has published articles and blogs, taken part in speaking engagements, and even appeared in mainstream media. She was recognized by xyHt in 2015 as one of the 40 under 40 geospatial leaders worldwide.

Carlo Badini

Founder Cleverclip GmbH

Carlo Badini is founder and CEO of Cleverclip GmbH. The company helps customers such as Swisscom, SBB or Migros to break down complex subject matter and present it in a simplified form. Cleverclip produces animated explanatory videos, infographics, e-learning materials and presentations. The start-up, which has been in business since 2013, currently employs 30 members of staff and was a Swiss Economic Awards finalist in 2017.

Myke Näf

Founder Doodle AG

Myke Näf is the founder of Doodle, the world’s leading online scheduler, which boasts more than 25 million users monthly and he led through to profitability and exit. Prior to Doodle, he worked as a lecturer, security officer, project manager, engineer and consultant at various companies in Switzerland, the US, Bhutan and the Philippines. He now works as a business angel and advisor for start-ups. As an entrepreneur, he is still frequently involved in establishing his own businesses.