GEW Switzerland is inspired by Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a global and annual event each november, dedicated to entrepreneurship, ecosystems and networking and matchmaking. GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

GEW has about 35,000 events  in more than 170 countries and attracts about 10 million visitors.

During one week, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors.

Organizations can get involved in a variety of capacities — planning events and activities as a local partner or even coordinating the initiative for an entire country as a GEW host. Individuals interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential can find a broad array of activities. Entrepreneurs and investors can share their ideas and experiences — face-to-face or online.


  • Raise awareness of your organization and gain recognition for your work.
  • Reach new audiences within your community.
  • Strengthen connections with existing supporters and sponsors etc.
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8th edition of GEW Switzerland

In 2018, Swissparks organises GEW Switzerland for the eighth time.
Key partner is the University of Lausanne with 30 events for 15’000 students for the first time.

It all started in 2011, when the numerous events in the context of GEW Switzerland took place in the canton of Berne. However, in 2012, the event grew on a national scale: During one week, companies and organisations from the cantons of Berne, Geneva, Vaud, the Grisons, Zurich and St. Gallen offered exciting events, workshops and networking opportunities on a daily basis.

In 2018 there were more than 2500 visitors attending 80 events across ten cantons and 13 cities. (see press release 2018)

Would you like to be part of GEW Switzerland and contribute as a sponsor or benefit by promoting your event under the name of GEW Switzerland?

Send an e-mail to info@swissparks.ch, René Hausammann.

Additional regions and partners are wanted

Swissparks is looking forward to welcoming new partners which are keen on promoting entrepreneurship as well as startups in all of Switzerland. Would you like to join and publish your events?

International support

GEW is met with approval from politics and economics. On an international basis i.a. by the former British PM Gordon Brown, the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the president of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group) as well as by Michael Dell.