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START Summit 2024

21. - 22. March, St. gallen, Switzerland

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START Summit 2024
In numbers

6000+

Event
Participants

170+

Expert
Speakers

30+

Unicorns
on Stage

900+

Investors

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summit 2024 Speakers!

Katherina Willhelm

Partner AT Index Ventures

Katharina is a Partner at Index Ventures focusing primarily on software applications and leading Index’ investment activities in the German-speaking ecosystem. Index is a global fund with offices in London, New York and San Francisco and invests across stages from pre-seed to growth. Katharina previously was an investor at Cherry Ventures and started her career at The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich. Katharina graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a B.A. in Business Administration and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

max Hodak

CO-Founder OF SCIENCE 

Max Hodak is currently CEO of Science, a biology-driven technology company focused on the brain. Previously, he helped start Neuralink, where he served as President from inception through early 2021, and Transcriptic, a robotic cloud laboratory for the life sciences, where he was CEO for the first five years. Max graduated from Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering in May 2012 after averaging 128,550 miles flown each of the prior two years commuting between full-time work in California, and school and research in North Carolina. He has been programming since he was five or six, and is eagerly looking forward to a world more bits than atoms.

Christian
Miele 


General Partner
at 
Headline.com

Christian Miele is General Partner at Headline, a venture capital fund investing globally. Some of his portfolio companies include Sorare, Sparetech, Robco, Mistral AI, PlanRadar, numa, Mine, and Kenbi. A former startup entrepreneur, he was a global venture development director at Rocket Internet and went on to build his own startup. Christian holds a master's degree from INSEAD and is the former Chairman of the German Startup Association, with whom he successfully campaigned for a national reform of employee stock ownership programs. In 2021, Handelsblatt, Germany's main financial newspaper, named him investor of the year.

Bryan johnson

Founder & CEO of Blueprint

Bryan Johnson is the world's most measured human. Johnson sold his company, Braintree Venmo, to PayPal for $800m in 2013. Through his Project Blueprint, Johnson has achieved metabolic health equal to the top 1.5% of 18 year olds, inflammation 66% lower than the average 10 year old, and reduced his speed of aging by the equivalent of 31 years.
Johnson freely shares his protocols and data publicly for everyone to use. Project Blueprint, is an endeavor to achieve humanity and earth scale cooperation starting within Self.

Matt clifford

Co-Founder of
Entrepreneur First

Matt Clifford is cofounder of Entrepreneur First, which he started with Alice Bentinck in 2011. With Alice, Matt is also the co-author of ‘How to be a Founder’, the essential guide on how entrepreneurs can identify, fund, and launch their best ideas.Matt is the Chair of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), and sits on the board of Code First Girls, which he cofounded in 2013 to teach young women how to code. Matt was co-lead for the UK’s preparations for, and co-chair of, the first Global Summit on AI Safety, which the UK is hosted in November 2023.

George Robson

partner at sequoia capital

George Robson is a Partner at Sequoia, focusing on fintech and consumer. Prior to being one of Sequoia’s first hires in London, George worked as a Product Owner at Revolut. He supports a mix of companies including Trade Republic, Mos, Telda, Two, Pennylane and the founders who join Arc, Sequoia’s early stage catalyst. George started his career in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley and co-founded Kickstart Global, a London-based accelerator.

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formats & events

investor night

HOSTED BY REDALPINE

On March 20th, we're inviting investors and a select number of founders to an exclusive gathering for a chance to connect in a relaxed setting before START Summit rush begins. The Investor Night will foster an exclusive environment for visionary and innovative personalities. Starting with a reception during the day, we'll conclude the evening with an exclusive party.

 

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GP x LP Dinner

PRESENTED BY FOUNDERFUL, AND CO-HOSTED BY MERANTIX AND THE SWISS ENTREPRENEURS FOUNDATION

The evening before START Summit, we invite a select number of partners to partake in an exclusive dining experience at one of the best restaurants in St. Gallen. The by-application-only GP x LP Dinner provides attendees with the opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere and establish lasting partnerships within the Swiss LP community. 

Applications will be reviewed by a jury consisting of global LPs, including LGT Capital Partners and UBS.

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Coffee at the cap table: Cavalry's Investor Breakfast

HOSTED BY CALVARY VENTURES 

On March 21th from 8:30 to 11am, Cavalry is excited to kick off START Summit in St. Gallen with an intimate investor breakfast, where we'll delve into the current state of markets, tech trends, fund and angel investing, and emerging investment opportunities. Our focus is on bringing together the investor community at START Summit right in the beginning to facilitate shared agendas and networking opportunities.

 

 

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Fold or Fortune: The START Summit Poker Night

HOSTED BY CASINO ST. GALLEN

On Thursday, March 21, from 17:00 to 20:00, the St. Gallen Casino will provide game credit for the first players to arrive. To ensure that the tournament can start on time and to avoid a traffic jam at check-in (as all first-time guests must be registered), it is advisable to arrive on time and, if possible, staggered. An officially issued document is mandatory for admission! Authorized documents for admission include a passport, identity card, or driver's license.

 

 

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Investor

749.-

Exclusively crafted for venture capitalists and seasoned investors, the Investor/VC Ticket unlocks privileged access to Europe's most promising Startups and high-potential scaleups at START Summit 2024. Immerse yourself in curated pitching sessions, one-on-one meetings with visionary founders, and unparalleled networking opportunities, all geared towards discovering investment gems that align with your portfolio objectives.

Matchmaking Tool Workshops VIP Lounge Fast Lane Entry Priority Registration for Side Events & Formats Company Profile Free lunch, snacks and beverages Access to Afterparty
 

Angel Investor

749.-

Tailor-made for angel investors with a passion for early-stage investments, the Angel Investor Ticket grants you direct involvement in groundbreaking ventures at START Summit 2024. Connect with a select group of like-minded angels as you explore and support the next wave of disruptive Startups. Engage in stimulating discussions, gain insights from industry leaders, and seize the opportunity to become part of the journey of tomorrow's visionary entrepreneurs.

Matchmaking Tool Workshops VIP Lounge Fast Lane Entry Priority Registration for Side Events & Formats Free lunch, snacks and beverages Access to Afterparty
 

FAQ

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FAQ

General

WHERE WILL START SUMMIT 2024 TAKE PLACE?
START Summit 2024 will take place in the Olma Halls in St Gallen on 21rd-22th March 2023. For our investors, media and partners, we will have our special 0-Day!
WHERE CAN I REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE PLATFORM?
Being registered in our online platform is the key to experiencing Summit to its fullest! After buying your ticket, you’ll receive your registration link in an email. The platform will open on 6th March so that you can schedule meetings and register for formats and events, so make sure you’re signed up in good time, and don’t forget to download the mobile app prior to your visit!
CAN I SCHEDULE MEETINGS IN ADVANCE?
Yes – pre-scheduling your meetings is an important part of making sure you can enjoy a productive START Summit. You can use the filter to differentiate between nationality, industry and job, and you’ll be able to book your meetings in our online platform or within the app.
HOW DO I CONTACT THE START SUMMIT TEAM?
Getting in touch with our team is really easy – all you need to do is send us an email at growth@startsummit.ch and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS?
Yes, due to limited seats in our workshop sessions, you’ll have to be quick and register before they’re all taken. You can register for workshops via our online platform.

Arriving at the conference

WHERE CAN I STAY DURING START SUMMIT?
We’ve gathered a list of partner hotels where attendees can stay during the Summit. If you’d prefer a quieter stay, there are some nice hotels just outside of the city and it will only take you around 20 minutes to commute to the conference halls with public transportation. We will ensure that the Summit is easily reachable by bus or train from every stay. You can find more info about hotels in St. Gallen here.
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT?
The closest airport is Zürich, which is approximately an hour away by train.
HOW CAN I CLAIM MY BADGE?
You will be able to claim your badge prior to the conference at the Kornhausplatz on Wednesday, starting at 10 am. If you’re an HSG student, you can also claim your badge at the University (in building 09) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the Summit week. We highly recommend that you claim your badge prior to the conference days in order to avoid extensive queuing!

At the event

HOW DO I GET TO THE VENUE?
The city offers great public transport links, and a lot of our attendees travel to the venue this way. You can find out more here.
WHEN DOES THE EVENT START?
The event starts at around 10 am on both days and will last until 7 pm on the 21rd and until 10 pm on the 22th, after the afterparty finishes.
IS THERE AN EVENING PROGRAM AT START SUMMIT?
Yes! One of the coolest and most popular side events is our pub crawl, where you and fellow Summiteers will get to know the St. Gallen bar scene. We’ve also planned an amazing afterparty, which will take place on the 22th starting at 9 pm.

Tickets

HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY TICKET?
The preferred payment method is via credit card, but if you don’t own a credit card, please contact growth@startsummit.ch and we’ll offer you the option of paying via bank transfer or PayPal.
WHERE CAN I FIND MY TICKETS?
After buying your tickets, you’ll receive an email with an invitation link where you’ll be able to register on the event platform. If you bought more than one ticket, you can use the invitation link multiple times. Note that the proper tickets in QR-format will only be generated shortly before the Summit. Until then, you only need to sign up on our event platform, Brella.
CAN I CHANGE THE INFORMATION ON MY TICKETS?
The name of the ticket holder only needs to be declared when registering for the platform. After that, you won’t be able to change the name on your ticket. If you need further assistance, please get in touch with us at growth@startsummit.ch.
DO I NEED TO PRINT MY TICKET?
You won’t need to print your ticket to enter the event – we’ll just need to scan the ticket QC code in your app. 
CAN I TRANSFER MY TICKET TO ANOTHER PERSON?
Yes, but only under special circumstances. If that applies to your situation, please reach out to growth@startsummit.ch.
CAN I BUY A PASS ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE ELSE?
Yes, you will be able to buy tickets for your team. You can declare at check-out who will be joining the conference.
WILL I BE REFUNDED IF I CAN’T MAKE IT?
By default, START Summit tickets are non-refundable. However, if the inability to attend was caused by extenuating circumstances, we may be able to refund your ticket. Please get in touch with our team. 
DOES EVERY MEMBER OF MY START-UP NEED THEIR OWN TICKET?
Yes, our start-up ticket is only valid for one person.
CAN I BUY TICKETS IN BULK?
Yes, If you're interested in purchasing a larger number of tickets, please get in touch with us  growth@startsummit.ch

Investors

WHO CAN BUY AN INVESTOR TICKET?
If you’re a decision-maker for a firm interested in investing in start-ups or venture capital funds, the investor ticket is for you. You might be a VC, Angel, LP or CVC. 
WHAT KIND OF START-UPS CAN I FIND AT START SUMMIT?
START Summit offers a huge variety of start-ups from different sectors. We divide start-ups into different verticals (such as FinTech, DeepTech, Consumer, etc.) so you’ll be able to find start-ups in your sector of interest as easily as possible. You’ll mostly find pre-Seed, Seed and Series-A start-ups, but there may also be well-established companies that have already passed these stages in attendance.
CAN I BOOK ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS WITH START-UPS OR OTHERS PRIOR TO THE EVENT?
Yes! Our in-app Matchmaking tool lets you reliably connect with investors and other members in the  START Global entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Matchmaking tool enables participants to discover the most interesting fellow attendees and schedule meetings with them in advance of the Summit. You’ll be able to filter participants by industry, funding stage, or nationality.
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE SUMMIT TEAM?
If you have any business inquiries, you can reach out to our team at growth@startsummit.ch.
CAN MY COMPANY MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT AT START SUMMIT?
If your fund/company would like to make a special announcement (e.g. new fund closing) at the Summit, please reach out to growth@startsummit.ch!

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