HEG Fribourg Student awarded at the Entrepreneur Award 2015

Antoinette Entrepreneurclub

Une étudiante de la HEG Fribourg remporte la deuxième place de l’Entrepreneur Award 2015

Riedholz, 19. Juni 2015 – Dans le but de promouvoir l’industrie auprès des jeunes diplômés, la quatrième édition du prix de l’entrepreneur 2015 s’est déroulée le 19 juin dernier à Riedholz, Soleure par l’ancien conseiller fédéral, Samuel Schmid.

Les prix ont été décernés parmi des étudiants de niveau Bachelor, Master et EMBA ayant écrit une thèse dans le domaine de l’entrepreneuriat ou du leadership. Les dossiers ont été déposés par huit hautes écoles de Suisse.

Un prix prestigieux

Antoinette Musard, étudiante de la Haute école de gestion Fribourg a remporté le second prix grâce à son travail de Master : Mentoring relationships: mentors‘ skills & best practices for startup companies. Elle a eu la chance de recevoir un chèque, des heures de coaching avec un entrepreneur de son choix et une année d’adhésion à l’entrepreneur Club, grâce auquel elle aura l’opportunité de créer de nombreux contacts.

Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’une étudiante de la Haute école de gestion Fribourg reçoit un prix de l’entrepreneur. En 2012, Sabine Suter avait remporté la première place grâce à son travail de Master : A perception of the entrepreneurial environment at Imperial College.


HSW Freiburg Studentin wird am Entrepreneur Award 2015 ausgezeichnet

Riedholz, 19. Juni 2015 – Zur Förderung aufstrebender Hochschulabsolventen aus dem Wirtschaftsbereich wurde am 19. Juni in Riedholz, Solothurn, der vierte Entrepreneur Award durch alt Bundesrat Samuel Schmid verliehen. Prämiert wurden drei herausragende Bachelor-, MBA- und EMBA-Diplomarbeiten im Bereich Leader- oder Entrepreneurship, die 2015 von acht Schweizer Fachhochschulen eingereicht worden sind.

Renommierter Award

Den zweiten Platz erzielte Antoinette Musard, Studentin an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft Fribourg mit ihrer Masterarbeit über Mentorenrollen in Start up Firmen (Mentoring relationships: mentors‘ skills&best practices for startup companies). Die ausgezeichneten Studierenden erhalten ein stattliches Preisgeld, Coaching-Stunden bei einem Entrepreneur-Mentor ihrer Wahl und eine Jahresmitgliedschaft im Entrepreneur Club, wo sie dank einem exklusiven Netzwerk wertvolle Kontakte knüpfen können.

Im Jahr 2012 gewann bereits schon einmal eine HSW-Studentin: Sabine Suter holte mit ihrer Masterarbeit zum Thema Entreprenerurial Ecosystem den Preis nach Fribourg.

Francesca @ Swissnex Boston

The Swiss National Startup Team visited the East Coast for the 15th time in a row; a 10 days business development boot camp with pit stops in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Niccolo, Project Leader of this program called Venture Leaders, was supported by my colleague David and myself. It was a great experience and I learnt a lot on how to manage a big project as well as how to launch your own business in the US. But let’s see what it is.


Every year since 2001, the Venture Leaders program has introduced over 280 Swiss start-ups to the US start-up ecosystem. Co-organized by Venturelab and swissnex Boston, this program includes executive education, mentoring workshops with local industry leaders and investors and demo events for 20 of the most promising start-ups spinning out of our technical universities. The 2015 team encompasses a large array of industries with innovations ranging from the biotech to the robotics and engineering field.

In the first week the Venture Leaders benefited from a three-day intensive program at Babson College, one of the highest ranked business schools in the world, specialized in management and entrepreneurship. The team attended classes led by Prof. Les Charm and Prof. Ed Marram on team building, decision-making processes, strategy, and leadership.

The day after, they had the opportunity to pitch their businesses in front of experienced experts of the respective industries. These sessions provided the entrepreneurs with valuable feedback for refining their ideas and strategies. The sessions took place at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), a co-working space more than 600 start-ups. The CIC is considered the ‘Mecca’ of start-ups in Boston, where many large corporations decide to have a presence and access to a strong pool of resources for innovation.


For the first time in the history of the program, the Venture Leaders had the pleasure to get to know the practices of a global Design Thinking Agency. The group visited Continuum, a world-leader in this creative method. The entrepreneurs were introduced to the design thinking method and could apply the method hands-on to some of their own business ideas. Michael Amante, Pete Chapin and Michael Dunkley of Continuum did a great job explaining the design thinking technique and showing some new perspectives to the group.


In the second week, the six Biotech Venture Leaders took off very early to attend the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia: the largest global event for the biotechnology industry. I had the great opportunity to be in charge of the organization of these 3 days in Philly. At 5.30am we woke up, ready to represent the Swiss Start-up Corner, within the SWISS Pavilion at the BIO International Convention.


Many other activities happened in Philadelphia and in New York; I will update you in my next blog entry. Stay tuned and follow this great experience on twitter @CzFrancesca

Laurence @ Swissnex Shanghai

As we know, China is moving very fast. At Swissnex too, a lot happens! Let’s have a look at the next important event that will take place in Shanghai between Swiss and Chinese entrepreneurs and learn to know 2 up-coming Swiss start-ups I interviewed!

Next event!


The lift Conference will take place for the second time in Shanghai, and the preparations are in full swing. I am convinced that the Swiss night will be a big success, as it is a good opportunity to discover the technologies of tomorrow, share knowledge and network with some of the brightest Swiss and Chinese minds.

Guest stars of the month, emfab and ScanTrust

I had the chance to interview two Swiss start-ups who are growing and considering Asia and specifically China in their development plans. Do you know them? Check that small summary; they will be fore sure well-known soon!

2Emfab is a young start-up run by two engineers from the ETH Zürich since a year.

It offers its customers technical consulting services for the design and engineering of mechanical systems, electrical circuits and micro-systems. The team elaborates functional solutions for companies’ technical challenges.

Something makes Emfab very special in our eyes: the team is made of one Chinese man and one Swiss woman; this cultural complementarity allows them to be strong on both markets. Both partners know the importance of being patient in building a trustworthy relationship with the Chinese fabrics and how precise they have to behave to be recognized from Swiss customers.

Thanks to their high quality service, tailored manufacturing solutions, short delivery times and competitive prices, they are on a good way to continue on the success wave they are surfing on at the moment.

3Also at the beginning of their success story and after closing a $1,2 million round of initial seed funding led by AngelVest Group and SOS Ventures, ScanTrust is another Swiss start-up who has to be known ! Based at the EPFL Innovation Park, it has a branch in Shanghai with a team of 15 people and had previously joined the CTI market entry camp in China.

The basic idea of ScanTrust is to offer a platform based on the world’s first copy-proof. Therefore, by using this service through a smartphone-app, the producers, distributors as well as the final customers can easily authenticate and localize goods across the whole value chain.

See you soon for further news about life in Shanghai!

Francesca @ Swissnex Boston

My new life in Boston started more than one month ago. But first, let me introduce myself very quickly. I am a masters student in Business Administration and I am doing an internship of 6 months at Swissnex Boston. Swissnex is the scientific consulate of Switzerland with the mission to connect the dots between Switzerland and North America in the field of science, education, art and innovation. I work as Junior Project Manager in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as academic relations. In the same time, I am writing my master thesis. I will give you more details about my proposal but now, I would really like to share this first exciting period with you .

Since I arrived here, I took part in many great activities such as the Cambridge Science Festival, where we presented a huge yellow human cell from the University of Basel. I was also involved in a reading of Hansjörg Wyss’ My Brother at the State House. Additionally, I    joined the MIT $100K finale competition and some Venture café meetings; a weekly conversation meeting for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors that help them to find each other and start potential collaborations.









I also met some very interesting people from start-ups based in Switzerland such as Abionic, a company that offers a biomedical diagnostic device providing reliable, low-cost and personal allergy diagnosis – or Nanolive, which developed a 3D cell explorer. They both are from the EPFL Innovation Park and are supported by Swissnex Boston while trying to enter the US market. I also met the EFTA (European free trade association) Parliamentary Delegation with Prof. Fabrizio Gilardi, who gave a lecture entitled Role, Models and Women’s Political Representation and the Parliamentary Association Switzerland-USA. The Swiss Parliamentary Delegation visited Boston’s Innovation Ecosystem and was composed of Thomas Hurter, Martin Naef, Ruedi Noser, Markus Stadler and Ignazio Cassis. Ignazio is from the same canton (Ticino) as I am and he was so happy to see my colleague Niccolo and myself (both from Ticino) at Swissnex Boston that he took a picture with us and posted it on his own Facebook page. As Niccolo said, “Ticinesi are rare animals”.


On a private side, I am really enjoying this beautiful place, Boston is simply amazing. I went to the TD Garden for a basketball game, to the annual famous Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, on a road-trip to the East Coast with other interns and last week I celebrated my birthday.


Et voilà my first update guys, I hope you enjoyed this virtual trip into my new life. Stay tuned and follow this great experience on twitter @CzFrancesca

Cheers from Boston

Laurence @ Swissnex Shanghai

Ni Hao! Or hello! A lot of events happened since I arrived in Shanghai a month ago!

First highlight, for sure, the Solar Impulse Swiss Day at the Southeast University in Nanjing. This event attracted not less than 10 Medias and 700 students followed it.

During this event, I presented the HES-SO and the master program with a major in entrepreneurship in Fribourg to the audience. The students were impressed of our program and asked many questions!




During my first month in Shanghai, I was also took part in great events with Swissnex. It was a pleasure to attend the EMBA students from Fribourg, to participate at the European days at FuDan University as well as at the SwissWeek in Shanghai, for example.


I am already excited about the rest of my stay!



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Hello tout le monde
Le lundi 4 mai à 17h30 ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE MSO dans l’Innovation Lab (sous-sol HEG) suivi d’un apéro!
Le directeur Rico Baldegger sera présent et vous présentera de nouveaux projets en collaboration avec la MSO.
Nous nous réjouissons de vous voir nombreux et de vous dévoiler nos nouvelles perspectives.

Pour toutes questions : mso@hefr.ch

Hallo Zusammen
Am Montag, 4. Mai um 17h30 findet die MSO GENERALVERSAMMLUNG im Innovation Lab (HSW Untergeschoss) statt, mit anschliessendem Apéro !
Der Direktor Rico Baldegger wird auch anwesend sein und euch neue Projekte in Zusammenarbeit mit MSO vorstellen.
Wir freuen uns auf euer zahlreiches Erscheinen und euch an unseren Zukunftsperspektiven teilhaben zu lassen.

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Motivation, sens et valeurs: défis RH des entreprises sociétales

Comment valoriser le potentiel de motivation que représentent les missions et les valeurs défendues par les entreprises guidées par des finalités sociétales (socialement et écologiquement responsables)? Quelles implications dans le management RH en termes de motivation rémunération, formation, modes de communication, etc.

Face aux enjeux de société actuels, des entreprises et des organisations ont inscrit au centre de leur mission des buts sociaux, solidaires et écologiques. Pionnières dans la dynamique des innovations nécessaires pour construire une économie soutenable, elles sont toutefois confrontées à des enjeux
de management importants.

La gestion des RH doit intégrer des valeurs et des méthodes différentes des entreprises ayant pour unique but le profit. Ce workshop vise à ouvrir un nouveau champ de formations et d’échanges de bonnes pratiques pour des professionnels engagés dans cette perspective.

Pour plus d’information, consultez le flyer