From April 25 to April 27, 2022, the International Student Company Festival (ISCF), organized by JA Latvia in Riga, took place for the 12th time. Switzerland was represented by the two Regional Winners Pastissima from the Kantonsschule Hottingen and Snatch! from the Evangelische Mittelschule Schiers. The two mini-enterprises had more than earned their participation thanks to their excellent performance in the Company Programme.

The first day started with an exciting opening event. The Swiss delegation was able to follow interesting speeches and watch the participants' self-made commercial videos. Afterwards, the 44 mini-enterprises from 9 countries focused on getting to know each other. The evening was spent at the newly created Apollo Skypark, where the students could test their skills in trampolining, among other things

Tuesday was all about competition. The mini-enterprises took part in the Trade Fair at the Domina Shopping Center and had to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills in front of various juries. It was very impressive what the participating mini-enterprises were able to achieve.

In the evening, the highlight of the ISCF 2022 was the gala dinner with the award ceremony. With a great atmosphere, various awards were presented. Pastissima reached the top 5 in the categories "Best Video Advertisement", "Best Trade Fair Display Stand" and "Most Innovative Product", while Snatch! also ranked among the best five mini-enterprises of the competition in the two categories "Best Video Advertisement" and "Best Trade Fair Display Stand". The title "The Best Company of ISCF 2022" went to Drycycle from Estonia. Congratulations!

«It was a very unique feeling to be able to represent Switzerland in Europe. We realized how helpful the newly established contacts can be», says Team Snatch! in retrospect. «We are very proud that we were able to convince many people of Pastissima in Riga as well», adds the Zurich team.

With many new experiences and international contacts, Pastissima and Snatch! can look back on a successful ISCF 2022. The days in Riga will certainly remain in their good memories.

Report by Simon Gerig, National Coordinator of the Company Programme.