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The 4th annual Tech Tour Growth Forum and Awards will take place on the 30-31 of March, 2017 in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. The Tech Tour Growth Forum is the leading gathering to discover and celebrate the most impactful and high-growth European technology companies. Each year we invite companies who are well on their way to achieving the iconic “Unicorn” status. These “Soonicorns” convene at the Forum with their venture capital backers, international investors, senior business leaders, industry experts and influencers.

Companies confirmed to attend include Abionic, Actility, Addex, AdTelligence, Algomi, AMMADO, Azimo, B2x, Benefex, CashSentinel, Cedexis, Clearmatics, CognitionX, Currencycloud, dacadoo, Devialet, Doctoralia, DoveConviene (ShopFully), Drayson Technologies Group, eGym, E-Leather, Energica Motor Company, Enevo Oy, ePRICE, Fabacus, FeedZai, Filo, Gett, hometogo, intive, KKB Energy,, LogDirect, Medicanimal, Memopal, Memscap, Mindmaze, Mobgen, MVF, myTaxi, NEXThink, NFON AG, Octo Telematics , Openet, PIQ, Pocket Media Mobile Advertising, PPRO Group, Raw Labs, Saran Online, SimilarWeb, Soitec, Spitfire, Talk Desk, Teamnet, Telensa,, Vivense, Wanderio, Webhelp, Wineowine, Yandex, Wonga, and Solar Impulse.

Tech Tour’s mission is to create opportunities for businesses to enhance their profiles across borders, to facilitate extensive personal interaction, and to bring stakeholders together to share ideas and discuss today’s most important technology and investment trends.

The Forum will open with CEO-only workshops moderated by McKinsey at Pictet’s offices in Geneva, followed by a special event at CERN hosted by Pictet. The International Venture Club, a group of cross-sectoral active investors, will concurrently meet for a round table discussion on European growth investment opportunities and a special focus on international investment.

The Tech Tour Growth Awards will then be presented at an award ceremony and gala dinner at the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne. Now in its 11th year, the Tech Tour Growth Awards are awarded to 3 companies chosen from the Tech Tour Growth 50 list to celebrate ground-breaking technology in Europe that is scaling and transforming the technology world.

The Forum will also include the following sub-events:

  • The impact of political and technology developments on European high-growth companies – a keynote by Lord Paul Drayson of Drayson Technologies
  • Making the impossible, possible – a keynote by André Borschberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Solar Impulse
  • The impact of artificial intelligence – a keynote by Charlie Muirhead, Founder and CEO of Cognition X
  • In conversation: How to build a Unicorn – a fireside chat with Olivier Duha, CEO and Founder of Webhelp. Moderated by Eric Archambeau, General Partner at Wellington Partners
  • Creativity driving social change – a keynote by Sanjit Sethi, Director of Corcoran School of Arts & Design
  • The impact of macro-financial trends on European tech companies – a keynote by Alexandre Tavazzi, Global Strategist at Pictet
  • In conversation: What I have learnt from building billion-dollar success stories – a panel discussion with Fergal Mullen, General Partner at Highland Capital Partners. Moderated by George Coelho from Good Energies
  • Lessons learnt from taking companies public – a panel discussion with Falk Müller-Veerse, Managing Partner at Bryan Garnier & Co. and Adam Kostyál, Head of European Listings at NASDAQ Private Markets

Additionally, a number of breakout workshops will be held, panelled and moderated by senior business leaders across various sectors and include: the impact of artificial intelligence; the impact of Fintech; exit horizons – IPOs, trade sales and crossover investors; the role of large corporations; the impact of the connected world; the impact of technology convergence; the role of private credit; the role of boards and executive leadership.

View the full programme here

The Tech Tour Growth Forum is proudly supported by Pictet, Orrick, H. Moser & Cie, Canton de Vaud Bryan Garnier, NASDAQ and IMD.

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