START is Europe’s leading initiative for entrepreneurship among students.

START Global was founded in 1996 and since then shapes a new generation of entrepreneurs who, in times of technological change, solve society’s challenges and take advantage of the new arising opportunities.

The START Foundation does not only ensure START Global’s sustainability and professionalism but also hosts the unique Entrepreneur’s Circle as the backbone of the initiative START.

Activities & Projects

START St. Gallen

START St. Gallen fosters entrepreneurial and technological awareness at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) with various events, workshops and pitching competitions and the yearly organised field trip to a defined tech-hub. Learn more!


START Hack is an entrepreneurial hackathon, a coding competition where over 350 computer scientists, engineers and programmers yearly find their way to St. Gallen to work on challenges provided by corporate and start-up partners. Learn more!

START Incubator

START Incubator is a 3 month program with workshops, co-working and networking for students from different Swiss universities such as University of St. Gallen (HSG) and ETHZ who have an idea and want to found their first venture. Learn more!

START Summit

START Summit is Europe’s leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology. Over 1’500 innovative minds yearly find their way to St. Gallen and attend inspiring keynotes, workshops and various networking opportunities. Learn more!

Focus Technologies

Blockchain Technology

Financial Services, Smart Contracts, Ownership ratios and Cyber Security are going to be reinvented by decentralisation with Blockchain.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Machine Learning, Autonomous Systems and Digital Assistance will bring a new level of efficiency into our everyday life.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The connectivity between any kind of object and humans will reinvent life in terms of sustainable energy, smart living and healthcare.

Augmented / Virtual Reality

Entertainment such as gaming and tourism will be a lot more fun with the change of reality through new technologies.