Fluoresc wins the IPI’s IP Management Award

The team Fluoresc was presented with the IPI’s IP Management Award at the Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES) final. The young entrepreneurs developed the best grasp of intellectual property (IP) rights during the last year.

Jury member Matthias Käch (IPI) with the winning team Fluoresc. Copyright: IPI

The crowning event of the YES Company Programme took place on 3 June in Zurich main station. The young participants ran their own mini-companies over the course of a year. The top 25 reached the final, where they hoped to win one of the coveted awards. As a partner of the programme, the IPI presented the IP Management Award for the sixth time.


IPI workshops for young entrepreneurs

Fluoresc convinced the jury in various respects, including their approach: “The team consistently considered IP across all aspects of managing the company. From names and product and website design to safeguarding the company’s future via contracts within the team and with external partners,” said Matthias Käch, a Senior IP Trainer at the IPI and member of the YES jury. The expert was also impressed that the team appointed an IP manager and a deputy. “They checked for IP issues before making any business decision – particularly for infringement of third-party rights.”  Lastly, the young entrepreneurs also consistently thought about unfair competition issues. The well-rounded integration of IP sealed the win for team Fluoresc.


The IPI has been involved with the YES Company Programme for several years. It conducts regional workshops in which young people learn the basics of IP, tailored to their needs as owners of mini-companies. A key topic is how to avoid infringing third-party rights (copyright, trade marks) in business operations.


The workshop participants are often surprised by the influence of IP rights on the business world and on their plans as young entrepreneurs. At the semi-final of the competition, the experienced IP trainer Matthias Käch conducted interviews with all 75 teams. The three best teams then produced a report.


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