START SUMMIT IS EUROPE’S LEADING STUDENT-RUN CONFERENCE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY


2000+
Participants

3
STAGES

30+
SESSIONS
2
Days

STAGE EVENTS


KEYNOTES &
SHOWCASES

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KEYNOTES & SHOWCASES

Attend our 30 minute keynotes and showcases on the Main Stage and START Arena. In the past, a diverse range of professional, innovative and inspiring people have spoken at the START Summit. With our keynotes & showcases, we want you to immerge into the new world of entrepreneurs, visionaries and the brightest minds of our time. 
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PANELS &
DEBATES

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PANELS & DEBATES

Our 45 minute panels and debates will introduce you to all relevant issues on current technology trends. Watch how the most dynamic and groundbreaking opinions clash in an excellent environment for innovation and creativity. This is also your chance to voice your opinion and vision of the future .
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FIRESIDE CHATS &
INTERVIEWS

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FIRESIDE CHATS & INTERVIEWS


Witness the battle between David and Goliath during our 30 minute fireside chats. In this vivid event format, industry disrupters are challenging the status quo set by current industry leaders.
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PITCHING COMPETITIONS


START
SUMMITEER

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START SUMMITEER


The START Summiteer is the most prestigious pitching competition at the START Summit. This format allows the 30 best startups to pitch in front of influential and experienced investors. To demonstrate confidence and credibility, 6 of them will be chosen to pitch on the Main Stage. For early stage startups this could mean the kickstart into a promising future. The START Summit has become well known for many notable investments and success stories. 
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START
FACTOR

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START FACTOR


New ideas, interactive audience and direct feedback.
These incentives pretty much sum up our format called the START Factor. During the START Factor, both seed and early stage startups as well as innovative ideas from ambitious entrepreneurs can be pitched ad hoc in the START Arena. We will have timeslots for impulsive pitches to come directly on stage. The audience can vote you up to heaven or doom you down to hell.
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HSG FOUNDER
OF THE YEAR

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HSG FOUNDER OF THE YEAR

Once a year, Startup@HSG awards the most successful entrepreneur from its ranks a prize worth CHF 10.000, financed by the Jackstädt Foundation. The winner in 2016 was Caspar Coppetti, founder of On Running. We are already curious who will be chosen as his successor at START Summit 2017.
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MCKINSEY
ADVENTURE

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EXPLORATION SESSIONS


BACKGROUND
SESSIONS

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BACKGROUND SESSIONS

In this highly interactive format, a knowledge pioneer gathers a corporate, an investor and 4-6 start-ups at a round table to discuss the topic "state-of-the-art solutions". This unique possibility in an exclusive private setting enables you to gain a deep knowledge transfer between industry leaders and emerging newcomers. Another chance to be where innovation happens!
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CLOSED & OPEN
WORKSHOPS

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CLOSED & OPEN WORKSHOPS

Our closed workshops held at the START Summit will be conducted by professional industry leaders. Around 20-30 highly interested students, start-ups or corporates will gather in the best environment for high-quality discussions and problem-solving session.
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CO-WORKING &
COACHING

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COACHING &
CO-WORKING


Highly experienced professionals will lead the walk-in workshops at the START Summit. These sessions are open to everyone and will be structured around the creation and development of solutions for tomorrow in terms of user design, sales strategy or online marketing.
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DEALCLOSER


1-TO-1
MEETINGS

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1-TO-1 MEETINGS

We at START Summit are very much convinced that the business perspective is achieved by connecting investors and start-ups. In our exclusive Meeting Area, we preschedule meetings for selected parties. Grab the chance and close the deal of your life!!
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START
SPEEDDATING

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START SPEEDDATING

One of the most essential aspects of entrepreneurship is openness to development. of James Collins “Great vision without great people is irrelevant”. The START Summit provides start-ups and students with a format to connect with potential employers, colleagues and partners. 
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PUB CRAWL
START APEX

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PUB CRAWL &
START APEX

At the START Summit you should grab the opportunity by hand to expand your professional network. With our memorable pub crawl events you will be given the opportunity to explore the nightlife of the university town St. Gallen and get in touch with interesting students from all around the world. At the START Apex format, investors and corporates have the chance to exchange ideas, visions and opportunities in a tranquil and more relaxed environment. 
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