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Schweizerische Vereinigung für Unternehmensfinanzierung
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Business Angel of the Year

Through their experience, network and risk capital, Business Angels form an important basis for the realisation of innovative ideas of high potential start-up companies. They are committed to being mentors of the emerging industries and are providing a necessary foundation for the long term, successful development of an economy.

Up to now, the Business Angel culture in Switzerland has established itself with hesitation. Through the Business Angel of The Year Initiative and the publicly held annual Election of the Swiss Business Angel of The Year we would like to contribute to further network integration of Swiss Business Angels in order to advance the investment into innovative high-growth companies of this country.  


David Studer

Seit dem mehrstufigen Verkauf der Aktienmehrheit seines ICT-Startups Xovis AG an Private Equity Investoren im Jahr 2016 investiert David Studer aktiv in Schweizer early-stage Startups. Dabei kennt er die Gründer-Perspektive aus eigener Erfahrung und sieht sich als Sparring Partner der Gründer. Durch seine langjährige Tätigkeit als CEO kann er zudem bei den typischen Startup- Wachstumsschmerzen seine operative Erfahrung einbringen.

Business Angel of the Year, 2023






Gian Reto à Porta

The Swiss fintech entrepreneur of the first hour convinced the jury with his commitment as a networker and successful angel investor in Swiss scaleups. Since the sale of his fintech startup Contovista in 2017, he is actively investing in early-stage startups.

Business Angel of the Year, 2022







Dr. Cornelia Gut-Villa

Cornelia is the managing director of the foundation Startfeld since 2014 which finances young enterprises in the eastern part of Switzerland. She is also a board member of the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), which is the largest and most active investor club in Switzerland. As of mid 2021 she’s privately invested in more than ten startups.

Business Angel of the Year, 2021






Dr. Christian Wenger

Over the past thirty years, Christian Wenger has made a name for himself not only as a farsighted and restless "pusher" in the stony Swiss venture capital market but also as an investor. Demanding and supportive, he has thus contributed to the success of numerous of his more than thirty commitments. Christian Wenger is a partner in the law firm Wenger & Vieli AG. He holds a doctorate from the University of Zurich and an LL.M. from Duke University Law School in North Carolina.

Business Angel of The Year, 2019






Nicolas Bürer

He has been Vice President of the Swiss Startup Association since the beginning of 2016 and Managing Director of digitalswitzerland since October 2016. Bürer has been regularly involved in start-ups since 2013 and has invested in a total of six young companies so far.

Business Angel of The Year, 2018






Philip Bodmer

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Engineer, Passionate supporter of the Swiss startup ecosystem

Business Angel of The Year, 2017







David Brown

Angel Investor, Technologist

Business Angel of The Year, 2016







Dieter Meier

Musician, Conceptual Artist, Entrepreneur and Investor

Business Angel of The Year, 2015





Prof. Cuno Pümpin

Swiss Economist, Entrepreneur, Investor

Business Angel of The Year, 2014





Beat Schillig

Founder Institut für Jungunternehmen, St. Gallen

Business Angel of The Year, 2011/2012





Daniel Gutenberg

He is not only a very successful Private Investor but also a inspiring Self-Made Entrepreneur.

Business Angel of The Year, 2010/2011




Peter Pfister

He is not only a very successful Angel Investor helping the entire industry to develop. He is one of the rare Angel Investors able and capable investing in biotech.

Business Angel of The Year, 2009




Alain Nicod

He is continuously preaching that BAs and VCs have to work together since they are very complementary. And even better: He does not only preach it but does it as an example for all of us, Angels, VCs and the industry as such.

Business Angel of The Year, 2008




Ingrid E. Deltenre

Journalist, Executive Manager in the Media Industry, and strong supporter of the Swiss universe of Business Angels. She and her team are awarded for the planning and realisation of the TV-series of "Start-up - der Weg zur eigenen Firma".

Business Angel of The Year, 2007




Klaus Hommels

Successful Angel Investor in companies like skype, XING or

Business Angel of The Year, 2006






Peter Schüpbach

Serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor in many Start-ups such as XING or studiVZ

Business Angel of The Year, 2005




Martin Velasco

Founder of Terra Networks and Angel Investor in companies like AC Immune or Speedlingua

Business Angel of The Year, 2004




Dr. h.c. Georg Endress

Founder of Endress+Hauser (International) Holding AG

Business Angel of The Year, 2003




Joachim Schoss

Serial entrepreneur with companies created like Scout24 and dozens of successful Angel Investments

Business Angel of The Year, 2002




Daniel Borel

Founder of directors of Logitech International AG, many successful Angel Investments and initiatives to promote entrepreneurship

Business Angel of The Year, 2001

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