the founders’ community

The main aim of the community is the informal exchange of knowledge and experience among members as well as participation in the events of the SEF.Growth programme. A particular highlight is the SEF.Founder Conference, which takes place annually on the first afternoon of the Swiss Economic Forum and is considered the conference for founders in Switzerland.

Together, we want to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in Switzerland and facilitate access to and exchange with multipliers from the ecosystem.

More information about memberships and the annual programme can be found below.



The SEF.Founder Community consists of founders of fast-growing young companies from Switzerland.

Membership is open to finalists of the SEF.Award and the SEF.WomenAward (Young Entrepreneurs category) as well as the Swiss Technology Award (Start-ups category).

Membership applications can be submitted by e-mail.



As a SEF.Founder member, you will benefit from guaranteed and discounted tickets to selected conferences and events in the SEF.Growth programme.


«SEF.Founder is a community of award-winning start-ups and entrepreneurs who come together to share ideas and inspire new thinking.»

Lars Mangelsdorf, CO-Founder & CCO Yokoy Group AG

«You get to meet potential investors and the whole startup ecosystem, as well as the corporations and big CEOs of the larger companies, all in one place, and that's uniquely valuable.»

Silvan Krähenbühl, Entreprenuer & Podcast Host at Swisspreneur

«Listening to founders, both on and off stage, share their struggles, challenges and how they are overcoming them in a truly honest way is incredibly inspiring to me.»

Gregor Erismann, CCO Exeon SA


Director Entrepreneurship
Your point of contact
Director Entrepreneurship

Lukas Frösch
+41 31 334 88 51