The Igeho Rising Star offers talents and start-ups from the hospitality scene a professional stage to present outstanding, innovative and sustainable business models to a broad professional audience and to network with the Swiss hospitality industry and potential investors.
Participation in this competition is open to founders and young companies based in Switzerland or Liechtenstein that are developing or already offering innovative, sustainable products and services or digital business models. Fresh ideas for the hospitality industry with the potential to influence the future in a groundbreaking way are sought.
During the qualification phase, six finalist teams will be nominated from all submissions. These teams are entitled to present themselves free of charge to the professional audience of Switzerland’s largest hospitality platform with a stand in the newly created “Innovation Area” and to present their ideas in the Speakers Corner. On site, the independent, six-member jury of experts will evaluate the participants and their projects according to their innovative strength, market relevance, sustainability and growth potential and will select the respective winning team in the category of founders or start-ups. The winners will receive the Igeho Rising Star as well as coaching. The total value of the cash and non-cash prizes awarded as part of the Igeho Rising Star is around CHF 25,000.
“The promotion of forward-thinking, visionary young companies has a very special significance for us.”Judith Krepper, Head of Segment Hospitality und Director Igeho
As the most important international platform for the hotel, catering, take-away and care institutions in Switzerland, Igeho wants to set an example, especially in these challenging times. “New concepts and innovations are indispensable for our industry, not only in the current situation. The promotion of forward-thinking, visionary young companies has a very special significance for us. With the launch of the Igeho Rising Stars, we would like to give offer founders and start-ups an excellent opportunity to get in touch with relevant stakeholders”, Judith Krepper, Head of Segment Hospitality and Director Igeho.