What is START Summit?

What is START Summit

START Summit is our annual, student-run, flagship conference designed to connect tomorrow’s founders with today’s leaders to create exciting opportunities. The fact we successfully unite the best entrepreneurial talents in Europe is what makes START Summit a must-attend conference for speakers and partners.

START Summit offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a student seeking an employment opportunity, an entrepreneur looking for a footing to found your company or an investor interested in fresh thinking and new ideas. You may be a business leader looking to expand into thought leadership or an employer scoping out the talent pool for the brightest minds to bring into your team. Wherever you’re at, you’ll find what you’re looking for at START Summit.

SUmmit: a history


Since the first START Summit in 1997, our global network has blossomed to 6,000+ strong, with impressive alumni success stories, including SumUp, TradeRepublic, and Amorelie.


The best Startups ignite their journey at START Summit. Annually, we proudly host over 3,500 Startup founders, students, entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders, where they not only expand their minds but also forge valuable connections, all under our roof.


Our enduring mission has always been to operate sustainably and professionally. To keep us on track, we set up the START Foundation in 2016. Formed around the unique Entrepreneur’s Circle, the Foundation is the backbone of START Global, supporting our international team in delivering the START initiative.

Why attend?

Why you should visit Europe's largest early-stage Startup conference?!


Find funding

Connect with more than 400 VCs and business angels to secure funding and kick-start your ideas into action.

Link up with fellows

Grow your network

Link up with those in-the-know and share your experiences with other Startup founders facing similar challenges.


Learn from the best

Get valuable insights directly from the source in a range of masterclasses and workshops delivered by industry experts.


Recruit talent

Share your vision with over 1,500 of the world’s brightest business and tech students and recruit new talent for your team.


Expand your network

Build connections, offer support and search for further opportunities by networking with founders, entrepreneurs, business leaders and fellow investors from across Europe.


Develop your industry knowledge

Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the tech industry with captivating talks and insightful masterclasses delivered by some of the experts.


Invest in new ideas

Meet with over 600 early-stage tech Startup founders and use our matchmaking tool to scope out your next promising investment.

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Grow your team

Shout about your company in front of over 1,500 of the brightest minds from some of the world’s most renowned business and tech universities and find new talent for your team.


Make new connections

Explore new opportunities and link up with business leaders, investors, Startups and young talents from around the world.


Learn from the best

Get unique industry insights from thought leaders in the business and tech space, delivered in exclusive masterclasses and collaborative workshops.


Get inspired

Meet inspiring entrepreneurs and hear from founders who have made it in START Summit’s keynotes and campfire sessions.

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Land a job

Pre-register for speed-dating before the event and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet key players from high-profile tech companies offering internships and in-house positions.


Develop brand awareness

Leverage the START Summit x Hack platform and spread the word about your brand with a highly receptive audience.

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Recruit new talent

Attract talent with the highest potential and schedule 1-1 meetings with your recruiters to start expanding your team.

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Grow your network

Get to know other key players in your industry, collaborate with innovative Startups and empower young entrepreneurs across Europe to pursue their goals.


Drive innovation

Look to the future, create a challenge and test your tech with the help of over 600 talented coders at our hackathon.