In 1996, Dr. Thomas Knecht, then Managing Director of McKinsey & Company Switzerland came up with the idea of starting a business plan competition. To this purpose, McKinsey and ETH Zürich joined forces and set up the first competition »venture» 1998.

In addition to the “pro bono” contributions of the ETH Zürich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding, Innosuisse (formerly CTI), EPFL, and numerous Swiss companies have generously supported the competition financially. Many representatives, from a variety of industries, support the competition through their voluntary activities as coaches or jurors. We thank all of them once again for their support.

As time has gone by, »venture» continued the success of the previous editions and renewed the procedures, advancing the competition to an up to date format. More than 2700 teams have participated in >>venture>> since 1998, and they have created more than 5500 stable and highly qualified jobs.

If you would like to get in touch with a team, please contact the »venture» Office. After consultation with the team, we will be happy to facilitate contact.

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