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Export Award 2021: Three innovative and ambitious Swiss companies nominated

Zurich, June 10, 2021 – Companies that successfully sell their products or services abroad are recognized each year with the Export Award from Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). Nispera, Medgate and Penergetic have been nominated for this year’s award. The winner will be chosen on September 30, 2021. The award will be presented by Ruth Metzler-Arnold, President of the Supervisory Board at S-GE.

trophy Export Award

The Export Award recognizes successful, internationally active businesses whose expansion strategy, the transparency of their internationalization concept, and the consistent and successful implementation thereof are really convincing. The Zurich-based startup Nispera (data solutions for renewable energy systems), the Basel-based telemedicine provider Medgate, and the Thurgau-based family business Penergetic (ecological and economical agriculture) all made it to the final. We will find out which of the three companies will come out on top of its competitors at the award ceremony on September 30, 2021.

Jury with renowned personalities

The voluntary and independent jury is made up of renowned figures from the worlds of business, academia and media within Switzerland: Ralph Siegl (Jury President), Stefan Barmettler (Editor-in-Chief Handelszeitung), Martin Naville (CEO Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce), Emanuel Probst (CEO JURA Elektroapparate), Winfried Ruigrok (Professor of Business Economics at the University of St. Gallen HSG), Nicola Thibaudeau (CEO and Delegate of the Supervisory Board of MPS Micro Precision Systems), Franziska Tschudi Sauber (CEO and Delegate of the Supervisory Board of Weidmann) and Monika Walser (CEO de Sede).

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One prize with many advantages

The award not only gives companies prestige among customers and partners while ensuring increased attention from the Swiss media, it also motivates the workforce and enables the business to position itself as an attractive employer. In addition to this, the finalists and the winner will receive vouchers for export business support from S-GE (for entering a new market, for example), free S-GE Gold Membership for one year, a winner’s trophy and also free tickets to the S-GE International Trade Forum. They will also be allowed to use the “Export Award” label and the image film produced especially for them.

The Export Award 2021 will be presented at a ceremony on September 30, 2021. The prize will be presented by Ruth Metzler-Arnold (Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board at S-GE).

Further information on the Export Award can be found here.

The finalists

Nispera: Strong growth abroad thanks to targeted planning

Founded in 2015, Nispera provides data solutions for renewable energy systems. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform of the Zurich-based startup is already in use in more than 150 wind turbines, 250 photovoltaic facilities and 20 hydropower plants in over 25 countries. The 15-strong international team achieves more than 80% of its turnover abroad. Its goal is to access further markets and achieve 97% of its turnover internationally. To this end, potential customers are identified by the Global Head of Sales and worked on by the team. Before the corona pandemic, the startup also took part in relevant events in the target markets. Thanks to its good reputation, it now benefits immensely from recommendations by satisfied customers. 

Medgate: On an international course of expansion with telemedicine

Medgate is Europe’s leading telemedicine provider. Founded in 1999, the digital healthcare pioneer from Basel offers both patients and health insurers comprehensive, location-independent medical care – around the clock. Thanks to consultations via app, phone, video and chat, unnecessary visits to the doctor can be avoided and the medical care quality can be kept high. Since 2014, the Basel-based company has been expanding and, in addition to Switzerland, is now also present in the UAE, the Philippines, India and Germany. As the best-known and most trusted telemedicine brand in Switzerland, it is now time to push ahead with the international expansion strategy and open up further markets. 

Penergetic International: Exports to over 35 countries

Penergetic has developed a technology that enables efficient and optimal use of natural resources in agriculture. This optimizes animal farming as well as creating high-yield crop cultivation, fertile soil and an improvement in slurry and compost. The ambitious 20-year-old family business from Thurgau is present in over 35 countries and exports 95% of what it produces. Local marketing, which is a complex matter, is usually handled by exclusive distribution partners. They have the local know-how and a network in the area of agriculture. Its goal is to continue growing nationally and internationally by increasing sales volumes in existing markets while expanding the partner network.


Christine Moser
Senior Communications Manager
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About Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE)

S-GE is the official Swiss organization for export and location promotion with around 200 employees at locations throughout Switzerland and in over 31 countries. We support Swiss SMEs with their international business and help innovative foreign companies to settle in Switzerland. In doing so, we rely on a unique network of national and international partners. In this way, we create added value for our customers and prosperity for Switzerland. As a non-profit organization, we provide a public service for our clients on behalf of the Swiss Confederation (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO) and the cantons. We operate our 27 offices, the so-called Swiss Business Hubs and Trade Points, in 31 countries jointly with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Thanks to our global network of partners, we support our customers in many other countries.

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