For entrepreneurs who want to delve deeper into current and relevant topics and cultivate relationships.  

«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. Because a strong Europe needs relationships based on trust.

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 entrepreneurs trip (2-3 days) to a European city. 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

Upcoming Events 2024

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


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.

voices from the members

The Lucerne Dialogue events are very exciting and inspiring and the network is a great asset. I always look forward to the excellently organised events.

Adrian Steiner
CEO Thermoplan AG

I am delighted with the quality of the international guests and the variety of topics discussed. The events are varied and offer the opportunity to simply get involved. Networking is an important part of FRIENDS, but there is much more.

Giovanni B. Lucido
Managing Director Schmersal Schweiz AG & Schmersal Italia SRL, Meber of Schmersal International Strategic Council

As an association of Swiss investors in Germany, VSUD, as a member of Friends, particularly appreciates the cross-generational exchange at the events and the access to the European network.

Stefanie Luckert
Managing Director VSUD

Lucerne Dialogue creates valuable places for encounters and brings together the most innovative minds from business, politics, science and civil society.

Philomena Colatrella

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

President Friends, Lucerne Dialogue

Rolf Hunkeler

Vicepresident Friends, Lucerne Dialogue,

Thank you very much for your support!

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