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.
START Foundation

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 Network

START Network 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 helps forward looking students make their entrepreneurial ideas become reality. Whether you have an idea, startup, or are looking for one. We provide various tailored programs for you. Check out our Accelerator, Odyssey and coworking spaces Learn more!

START Summit

START Summit is Europe’s leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology. Over 2’000 innovative minds yearly find their way to St. Gallen and attend inspiring keynotes, workshops and various networking opportunities. Learn more!



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the design and use of programs and systems that exhibit human intelligence. Specialized and generalised AI is taking over all kinds of tasks, ranging from predicting occurrences to question answering.


Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR & VR) are visual computer simulations that are displayed to viewers for entertaining, educational, medical or marketing purposes. VR creates an immersive digital reality, whereas AR displays digital layers on top of the real world.


The blockchain technology enables decentralised and immutable recordkeeping of information that facilitates the process of recording changes in a network. Public and private blockchains offer an alternative to traditional intermediaries for making transactions of any kind.


The Internet of Things (IoT) connects all kinds of devices to the internet and to each other. It enables applications ranging from smart homes to the fourth industrial revolution and is mainly empowered by various smart devices.