We believe in the power of entrepreneurship. And we believe in early and effective promotion of the entrepreneurial mindset. This is the reason for NextGen.

Review – NextGen.Summer Camp 2018 exceeded all expectations
We launched NextGen.Summer.Camp in commemoration of the SEF’s 20th anniversary. It is a camp for Generation Z, the generation that will soon be paving the way for innovation and assuming responsibility.

The camp took place in parallel to SEF.2018 in the Alps of the Bernese Oberland, and the pilot project exceeded all our expectations! The conclusion of participants: “Please give others the chance of being part of this experience!” The conclusion of our CEO: “NextGen was one of the highlights of SEF.2018.”

Our conclusion: We are ablaze! We are looking forward to NextGen.Summer Camp 2019.


Following last year’s highly successful pilot project, the Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) is organising a Summer Camp in the Bernese Alps again this year for the next generation of entrepreneurs. We are inviting 25 plucky young people to spend four and a half days tackling a special kind of challenge. Join peers from across Switzerland to plunge into the fascinating world of entrepreneurship and interact with successful start-ups and hotshots from the world of business. Instead of business plans or break-even calculations, the camp’s focus is on real-life insights and learning by doing. We aim to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in you and will outline the basics of a business mindset in multifaceted sessions. Take part in the summer camp and reap the rewards: this is your chance to learn from leading Swiss entrepreneurs in Interlaken as part of the SEF. Take part in the summer camp and reap the following benefits:

Share your ideas and vision with experienced individuals in an open and encouraging environment.
Develop a greater awareness of entrepreneurial activities.
Become a member of a unique community: the Future Entrepreneur Class of 2019.
Get to know 25 individuals chosen as Switzerland’s brightest young talent.

The summer camp will be conducted in a number of languages. In addition to their mother tongue, participants should be able to communicate in English. The Swiss Economic Forum will cover all the costs of the transfer from Interlaken to the camp location, board and lodging. We reserve the right to send participants home if they do not meet the requirements of the programme.


● Monday, 20 May 2019 – Arrival in the evening (Interlaken)
● Tuesday, 21 May 2019 to Thursday, 23 May 2019 –
 various entrepreneurial challenges
● Friday, 24 May 2019 – Return journey to Interlaken
 in the late afternoon


● Born between 1997 and 2003
● Resident of Switzerland
● Open, inquisitive individual who is bold and unconventional

The selection of applications for the 2019 Summer Camp has begun - all applicants will be personally informed by mid-April 2019.

The next NextGen Camp will take place in Basel in November 2019. You can apply from August onwards.

Key Partner
Community Partner

Creaholic SA, Marcel Aeschlimann
Evatec AG, Marco Padrun
KPT Versicherungen, Reto Egloff
Leister Stiftung
Linoa Holding AG, Stefan Schwab
Marcaro AG
Swiss Prime Site AG

Any questions?

Franco Chicherio, CSEO
Alexandra Leemann, Project Management