Igeho Rising Star supported by Transgourmet/Prodega

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

Public voting | 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 offering innovative solutions for the hospitality industry in the area of innovation and/or sustainability were eligible to apply.

Public voting

The applications submitted by 31 May 2023 were examined by the Igeho team as well as the jury - nine candidates were admitted to the public voting. From 18 August to 18 September 2023, the Swiss hospitality community had the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

Application period closed

The deadline for applications was midnight on Wednesday, 31 May 2023.

The nominees (finalists)

The Igeho Rising Star supported by Transgourmet/Prodega offers each of the six nominees a free presentation space in the Innovation Area. They will also be given a slot in the Speakers Corner to present themselves to interested trade visitors at Igeho from 18 to 22 November 2023 at Messe Basel. Three of these presentation spaces will be awarded by an independent jury, and another three by public voting (online).

On November 22, the finalists will have the opportunity to present themselves to the audience and the expert jury in terms of 5-minute pitches and then answer questions.

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

On Wednesday afternoon, 22 November, the jury and audience prizes of CHF 2,500 each was awarded at Igeho 2023 in Basel.

The start-up that impressed the jury the most with its product and therefore won the jury award was Eggfield. The audience award went to the start-up IRISgo. They received the most votes from our audience. 

The jury

The independent jury will assess the participants and their projects according to their innovational strength, market relevance, sustainability and growth potential.

Award ceremony: 22 November 2023, Igeho, Messe Basel (approx. 3.00 p.m.)  

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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