European Business Network

The business network for European entrepreneurs

«Friends» is a network for entrepreneurs who want to actively shape the future of entrepreneurship in Europe. Founded over 20 years ago, it is now an (inter)national network with around 100 members. Its aim is to strengthen national and international relationships and thus promote entrepreneurship.

The name «Friends» emphasises the connection to Lucerne Dialogue. The basis for far-sighted decisions becomes broader and more stable when you can draw on a diverse spectrum of views, opinions and information. And this is what Lucerne Dialogue stands for: we bring generations, sectors and nations into a controversial dialogue and address the most pressing issues of our time.

Why it is worthwhile

  • Participation in the Lucerne Dialogue Annual Meeting (2 days).
  • Exclusive exchange with the participants of the Basecamp in the run-up to the Annual Meeting on the traditional Boat Cruise.
  • Exclusive business trip (2-3 days) to a European country. The focus is on dialogue with business, science and politics.
  • Inspiring networking at one or two networking events during the year.
  • Invitation to the "Meet-up" series of events (thematic impulses from the business world) and "Soirée Dialogue" (economic networking in neighbouring countries)
  • 50% discount on the conference ticket for the European Forum Alpbach.

Who is a member

The network brings together leaders from national and international companies who are actively committed to entrepreneurship in Europe and have an interest in strong national and international relationships. And in keeping with Lucerne Dialogue's DNA, "Friends" also focuses on cross-generational dialogue: it is a network for current AND future leaders.

Become a member

We would be delighted to welcome you to this exclusive community. Contact us - we will be happy to discuss your options with you.


for 1 person
  • Membership for one year and one person

CHF 2'500 / year


for 2 people
  • Membership for one year and two persons
  • Logo presence online

CHF 4'500 / year

Programme 2024

25 June


Andreas Gerber and Rolf Hunkeler are in their first year in office as President and Vice President of the «Friends» network

This first meeting is dedicated to getting to know each other. We look forward to inviting you to a relaxed summer party in Lucerne.

4 - 6 September

London & Oxford

After visiting Brussels last year, this year's business trip will take us to the cities of London & Oxford.

A varied programme with enriching encounters and exclusive insights awaits us. Participants shall cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

27 & 28 November

Annual Meeting

We will meet on Wednesday for the traditional boat cruise - together with the Basecamp participants, the young European leaders of tomorrow.

The official programme starts at 5 p.m. with the "Pont Neuf" networking evening and continues into the main conference day on Thursday.


Trip to Brussels

Together with Regio Basiliensis, we travelled to Brussels at the beginning of September 2023. The programme included exciting discussions and visits: Among other things, we met EU Vice Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, discussed with Ambassador Rita Adam at the Swiss Mission to the EU, visited NATO headquarters and received extremely stimulating input from experts in the fields of geopolitics and the energy transition.

There for you!

Do you have any questions about the network or the annual programme? Please do not hesitate to contact us at hello(at)

«Friends» is chaired by Andreas Gerber and Rolf Hunkeler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of 1A Hunkeler Holding AG, who has been involved with the Europa Forum/Lucerne Dialogue in various functions for many years, is Vice-Chairman.

Andreas Gerber

Andreas Gerber

Präsident Friends, Lucerne Dialogue

Rolf Hunkeler

Rolf Hunkeler

Vizepräsident Friends, Lucerne Dialogue,

Thank you very much for your support!

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