The START Summit is the biggest student organized entrepreneurship conference in Switzerland. Last year, over 400 guests – students, speakers, investors and start ups – came to the University of St. Gallen from all over Europe to be inspired, to learn and to meet like-minded people. We have two main motivations: on the one hand, we want to spread the entrepreneurship spirit among young, motivated people. True to this’ theme, “don’t be afraid to fail”, we want to inspire future founders to dare implement their ideas, no matter how unlikely success may seem. There are so many great ideas out there and we believe they all deserve to see the light of day.
Of course, this is easier said than done. So we also want to give you the tools and skills you will need to make it in the start up world. Workshops will provide hands on insights in everyday problems and challenges and you will get the chance to meet possible co-founders or team members and, of course, investors.
Top speakers like Klaus Hommels, Florian Meissner or Verena Delius are sharing their experiences and topic-related stories during our plenary sessions. Experience some of the most interesting and influencing people in the entrepreneurship world and be inspired.
Plenary Sessions are great to get ideas and be awed, but in our opinion, the most effective way to learn, is applying your knowledge in practical situations. Our hands-on workshops offer you the opportunity to work on real life case studies, ask your questions about topics like online marketing, venture capital or how the perfect elevator pitch works to make it in the start up world.
Few things are as important as an extensive network. Our networking events give you the opportunity to meet other like-minded people from the start up world, recruit fitting members for your own team or get yourself an internship at a buzzing start up – maybe even in Europe’s start up capital Berlin.
No entrepreneurship conference can do without some healthy competition. Participate yourself and face a demanding jury or lean back and watch some fantastic start ups fight it out for the win.
Investors are a crucial part of the entrepreneurship world – no money, no company. Our speedpitching and networking sessions will give you the opportunity to pitch your idea and maybe even get that financial kick-start for your own company. Also, check out capital on stage for a roll reversal: watch investors pitch their companies and pick out the ones you feel best about.
Aside from full-time catering by our partners like Starbucks and migros, there will of course be a big closing party on Saturday night – and we might just have some surprises in store for you.