GetYourGuide is one of the five awardees which have been priced
on 29th June 2011 by the W.A. de Vigier Foundation from
The prize which is endowed by 100.000 SFr. of the W.A. de Vigier Foundation was awarded the first time in 1989 and is the highest endowed and renowned prize for young entrepreneurs in Switzerland. William A. de Vigier wants to help young entrepreneurs with what was missing at the time of his own company foundation and what misses often to good ideas: the necessary seed capital. Therefore, the target of the W.A. de Vigier Foundation is active business development through financial support of young people with creative business plans as for example GetYourGuide.
The awarded prize does not only include 100.000 SFr., the startup-founders also benefit from the long-term accompaniment of the foundation council. Its president is the entrepreneur Moritz Suter who is also the administration president of Hello Airlines and as well involved in tourism business.
GetYourGuide Inc. is a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and was founded in June 2009. The head office of GetYourGuide is located in Zurich and other offices are situated in Berlin and Las Vegas.
GetYourGuide is the leading platform for booking tours, attractions, excursions & activities for your next vacation or trip. At GetYourGuide you can find everything from adventure tours, sightseeing tours, shopping tours, wine tastings and desert safaris.
Furthermore, GetYourGuide is only working together with experienced local travel companies who can let you experience things that you could never experience on your own.
The secret of success of GetYourGuide is that the portal offers users a widespread choice and at the same time an attractive service to suppliers. In the beginning of 2010, the founders started the online portal and today more than thousands of travelers from all over the world book tours on this platform.
This increase happened for a good reason. The target of GetYourGuide is to become the world leader in the amount of products until the end of 2011. The foundation stones for this step are laid and GetYourGuide is on a good way to reach this target.
The other awardees are Malcisbo, Skybotix, ViSSee and Abionic. Moreover, the initiate of the Technopark in Zurich, Thomas von Waldkirch, was awarded with the prize «Startup supporter of the year 2011».