Tech Tour Growth Awards Lausanne March 30, 2017

Award Winners


Growth Award Winner 2017

Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel invented a revolutionary technology that transformed sound amplification: The ADH Intelligence. The first hybrid technology that associates the preciseness of Analog amplification (Class A) to the power of Digital amplification (Class D) allowing Devialet products to reach a never heard before sound quality. Devialet is a French company created in 2007 from the encounter of 3 complementary and explosive expertise: Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel, an engineer, Quentin Sannié, a visionary entrepreneur and Emmanuel Nardin, a designer of excellency.

Fabio Sbianchi

Quentin Sannie
CEO, Devialet

Quentin Sannie was born 24 October 1962 in France and got his diploma from Paris-La Sorbonne university and Paris-Dauphine university in Economics and Management in 1986. He wrote a book about software tools for corporate finance in 1985. In the period 1988-2006, he founded Mandragore, a company specialized in strategy and marketing business development consulting (clients asDanone, Saint-Gobain...). He is cousin of Emmanuel Nardin. Their dream was to create acompany together and create an audio product. He met Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel in 2007 and started to work on Devialet project. On December 6, 2007, he founded Devialet with Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel and Emmanuel Nardin, and he has been the CEO until this day. A plus: He has 4 children. He likes cooking and loves food, his passion is skiing and music.


Innovation Award Winner 2017


In the ever-changing landscape of capital, leverage and liquidity requirements, Algomi’s revolutionary technology empowers fixed income professionals to fulfil their precise needs, for both sides of the market. By maximising the relationships between salespeople, traders and investors, the Algomi Honeycomb suite of scalable software greatly increases the opportunities and velocity in large and illiquid voice trades between banks and institutional investors. With tenacity and integrity, Algomi unlocks the full potential of the fixed income market through pioneering and pragmatic technology. We are Algomi and we want to show you what’s next.

Remi El-Ouazzane

Michael Schmidt
Chairman, Algomi

Before founding and becoming Chairman of Algomi, Michael's career included 14 years at Deutsche Bank and 10 years at UBS, always heading Fixed Income Trading and Sales teams regionally and globally. His last positions at UBS were Co-Head of European Credit Trading, Global Head of UBS FI Retail Trading and member of the IB board of UBS Switzerland. 

Under his leadership, his teams pioneered a number of market leading electronic trading platforms including DB Autobahn, UBS Wealth Management/Investment Bank Connectivity Hub in addition to introducing the first algorithmic pricing tools in Corporate Bonds.

Michael holds a degree in Economics from University of Dusseldorf.


Special Jury Prize 2017


Webhelp is a global business process outsourcer (BPO), specialising in customer experience and payment management in addition to sales and marketing services across voice, social and digital channels. From 26 countries with a 35,000-strong team, our focus is on engineering performance improvements and delivering a real and lasting transformation in our clients’ operating models to generate financial advantage. We partner with some of the world’s most progressive brands including Sky, Shop Direct, Bouygues, Direct Energie, KPN, Vodafone, La Redoute, Michael Kors and Valentino. Headquartered in Paris, France, the company has grown its revenues by more than 250% in the last 4 years by investing in its people, the environment they work in and developing its analytical and operating capability to deliver a transformational outsourcing proposition that addresses the challenges of an omni-channel world. Webhelp is owned by its management and KKR, a leading global investment firm, as of February 2016. More information can be found at

Nuno Sebastiao

Olivier Duha
CEO & Founder, Webhelp

Olivier Duha created Webhelp with Frederic Jousset in 2000. The company began as a “webwizard” service, where specially trained advisors provided online support to novice internet users. Just 16 years later, Webhelp is one of the leading global BPOs. Olivier is a graduate of ESCEM (Ecole Superieure de Commerce et Management) and AUDENCIA Business School, where he gained a Masters in Management Consultancy. In 1998 Olivier was awarded an MBA from INSEAD. Starting his career in 1992 with LEK Consultancy, a strategy, mergers and acquisitions firm, Olivier was based in London, Paris and Sydney and advised business leaders in a range of industries. In 1998, he joined American strategic consulting firm Bain & Company, where he worked on various projects in the retail and energy sectors. Olivier also worked on a major internet development strategies for large industrial groups. Olivier served four years as vice president and two years as president of Croissance Plus, a non-profit association of start-ups and fast growing companies. During this time he actively campaigned for a more entrepreneurial framework in France, writing a number of reports and white papers and participating in a number of debates with successive governments. Olivier is also a member of the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF), France’s largest employer’s federation. In 2012, Olivier co-founded AlterEquity 3P and raised 50 million euros of investment to finance social and environmental projects. AlterEquity is France’s largest investment fund, fully dedicated to socially responsible businesses. Olivier also serves on the boards of a number of start-ups in a large variety of industries. Olivier has five children, is a Knight of the Order of Merit and a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.