Igeho Rising Star supported by Transgourmet/Prodega

The award for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the hospitality industry

Your application | The nominees | The winners | The jury


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This competition is open to start-ups and young companies who develop or already offer innovative, sustainable products and services, or digital business models. The aim of the competition is to find fresh ideas for the hospitality industry with the potential to impact the future in a groundbreaking way.

The Igeho Rising Star Award supported by Transgourmet/Prodega is awarded in cooperation with an independent jury. The most important goal of the competition is to network the hospitality start-up scene with potential investors and customers, in order to foster advances in the industry.

Igeho Rising Star 2023 supported by Transgourmet/Prodega: Looking forward

Benjamin Eulau

«It is very important to us that Igeho also gives founders and start-ups the opportunity to present themselves to the trade public. Their solutions and innovations are groundbreaking for the future of the industry.»

Benjamin Eulau, Brand Director, Igeho & Lefa

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«I can only warmly recommend participation in Igeho Rising Star to other founders - a great opportunity for start-ups to present themselves to an exciting audience of experts and to benefit from a broad network.»

Pascal Bieri, Co-Founder, Planted

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«As a strong partner of the Swiss hospitality industry, we are a proud supporter of the Igeho Rising Star 2023. The promotion of innovative founding concepts and start-ups is groundbreaking for a successful future of the industry, for which we are also unconditionally committed.»

Pascal Krebs, Head of Marketing and Procurement, Transgourmet/Prodega

For entrepreneurs and start-ups

Individuals or companies who deliver innovative solutions for the hospitality industry in the area of innovation and/or sustainability are eligible to apply. Two categories are available: “Entrepreneurial Concepts” and “Start-ups”.

Your application

Are you a rising star? Then apply now until May 31st 2023 (24h00)!

Have you developed a unique product, solution, or a new technology that will have a lasting impact on the future of Swiss hospitality, or one that stands out for its innovative strength, sustainability, market relevance, or growth potential?
Apply now and become a part of the Igeho Rising Star Community and the Swiss hospitality industry. We look forward to meeting you!


Conditions of participation

Pitch Deck Checklist (in German)

The nominees

The Igeho Rising Star supported by Transgourmet/Prodega offers each of the six nominees a free presentation space in the Innovation Area and a slot in the speakers corner to showcase their work to thousands of interested professional visitors at Igeho, from 18 to 22 November 2023 in the Messe Basel. Four of these presentation areas will be awarded by an independent jury and two by public vote.
Switzerland is considered one of the world's major innovation drivers and is one of the countries that invests the most in research and development relative to its gross domestic product. At Igeho, entrepreneurs and start-ups gain direct access to unique networking opportunities and the chance to gain greater visibility in the industry and position themselves as forward thinkers. 

The winners

The winner in both the category Entrepreneurial Concepts and Start-ups will be selected and announced by an independent jury at Igeho on 22 November 2023. The winners of the two categories will also each receive prize money of CHF 2,500.

The jury

The independent jury will evaluate the contestants and their products based on their innovation strength, market relevance, sustainability, and growth potential.

Award ceremony: 22 November 2023, Igeho, Messe Basel

Prof. Dr. Claus Heinrich Daub 

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Professor for Sustainable Corporate Management, FHNW

Marina Helm Romaneschi

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Marketing & Strategie, Swiss Food Research

Prof. Daniel Huber

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Partner at the innovation consultancy firm inobooster.com, former Co-President of swissfuture

Christine Schäfer

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Researcher und Speaker, GDI

Pascal Bieri

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Co-Founder Planted Foods

Raphael Wyniger

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Owner, Wyniger Gruppe

Supporting Partner Igeho Rising Star 2023

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Igeho 2023 powered by

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Associating partner

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Veranstalter und Organisator

MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG 
Messeplatz 10 
4005 Basel/Schweiz