START Summit at University of St.Gallen

START Summit is Europe’s leading talent conference for entrepreneurship and innovation. Organized by START global.

The event takes place each year @ the University of St. Gallen and brings together about 1200 students, entrepreneurs and investors for two days of inspiration, learning and networking. The START Summit is all about creating a platform for intercultural and interdisciplinary knowledge transfer between the Asian and the European start up world. In order to bring your vision to life, we provide our guests not only with workshops by experienced founders but also with exclusive Key-Note speeches and a unique HackaRun event for the best young IT academics our universities have to offer.

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START Summit 15 - April 17th and 18th on campus of the Universität St.Gallen (HSG)Dear HSG students:You don't need to be a founder,you don't need to have a business idea.You only need the entrepreneurial mindset.Still looking for an internship for this summer? At the Summit you can meet businesses and people who truly let you be creative by working for their start-up.There are not many tickets left. Apply

Posted by START Summit on Montag, 16. März 2015

Some of our previous speakers & investors

Dalton Caldwell Partner Y Combinator
Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer Former Chancellor of Austria
Todd Embley Director Chinaccelerator
Dr. José Luis Cordeiro Futurist MIT
Omid Scheybani Google Inc.
Ryo Umezawa CEO HAILO.
Christopher Ax CEO Schmatz Japan
Günther Oettinger EU Commissioner for Digital Economy
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Why Attend



SAP Code Jam is a 5 to 6 hour hands-on coding and networking event where attendees share their knowledge and collaboratively develop with SAP technologies, platforms, and tools in a fun and casual environment.


START Competition

Chosen entrepreneurs or startups will get the chance to pitch their idea for a limited amount of time in front of a chosen jury and the START Summit crowd. The winning startup receives 10.000 CHF in cash and further benefits.


Meet the Investor

Are you still looking for big investors who are willing to fund your vision? The START Summit offers you a solution you will enjoy. Each Start-Up has 4 minutes to impress and convince the investor with their most persuading arguments. Be brave and don’t miss your chance.


Ambassador Network

Be more than just an attendee and become a member of the START family. As an START ambassador you are the representative for a specific region in Europe. Your aim is to enlarge the START network and to promote the conference.


StartUp Speeddating

No, this is not an regularly speed dating event where you will find the woman/man of your life. We bring highly motivated students with start ups together. Find the designer or programmer of your live and get started with a completed team.


FinTech & Asia

Make sure you attend our panel on FinTech as we have invited experts from the industry that will not only be able to answer your questions, but will give you deep insights into FinTech and discuss our theme of the panel: Disrupting traditional banking in times of new technologies and ongoing digitalization

START Summit in Media

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  • "Is there a better entrepreneurship conference than START Summit? – #idautit"

    Dr. Magnus Resch - Serial Entrepreneur

  • "Das StartUp-Gipfeltreffen
    in der Schweiz""


  • "The START Summit
    was f****** amazing!"

    T.E. - Venture Capital Investor

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