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START Summit 2017

Join the START Summit 2017 organized by START Global, on 24th and 25th of March, 2017!
START Global is the student association for entrepreneurship and technology at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and has over the last couple of years become one of the leading initiatives for entrepreneurship and technology in Europe.  The  association is entirely run by students on an extracurricular basis and is supported by the HSG foundation as well as an internal fund, the START Fund.
START Summit 2017
The vision is to shape a new generation of entrepreneurs, who in a time of technological change face many challenges and to encourage them to overcome these challenges in an innovative and efficient way as well as using this opportunity through emerging technologies.

In order to follow this vision START Global organizes different events and activities among others START Hack and START Summit as flagship events.

About START Summit

START Summit is Europe’s leading student-led conference for entrepreneurship and technology with over 1500 participants from more than 50 different nations. START Summit differs from other conferences in the variety of participants, innovative event formats and a unique venue.

When:                                   24th/25th March 2017
Where:                                  Olma Messen, St. Gallen
Focus Technologies:              Blockchain, AR/VR, AI & IoT
Geographic Focus:                DACH Region
Investors:                              150 VCs/Corporate Ventures & Business Angels
Start-ups:                              300 Early-Stage to Late Seed Start-ups
Corporates:                          15+ innovative Corporates
Students:                              800 Students (40%/60% Tech/Business)

START Summiteer

START Summiteer is the most prestigious pitching competition at START Summit and gives the best 30 start-ups the possibility to present themselves over 3 rounds. Each start-up participating at START Summit can apply and will receive the opportunity to pitch their idea/product in front of numerous investors. The winner of START Summiteer will receive a prize money of 10’000 CHF and plenty of fame.

Last year’s winner Gamaya and third place, ReActive Robotics, both received a Series A funding of over one million Swiss francs after START Summit 2016.

Background Sessions

A Background Session is a round of discussion to a given topic (e.g. industry, technology, etc.) between 4-6 start-ups, one corporate, 1-2 mentors and an investor. This intimate atmosphere enables a discussion about business models, technological trends, industries and innovative proposals for solutions. In the foreground is the transfer of knowledge between established businesses and start-ups.

Keynote highlights from the last years:

- Bibop G. Cresta, COO Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc

- Ohad Plotnik, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

- Patrick Warnking, General Manager Google Switzerland

- Alexander Kudlich, Managing Director Rocket Internet

- Klaus Hommels, Co-founder & CEO Lakestar

- Anat Bar-Gera, Co-Founder YooMee Africa

- Jose Louis Cordiero, Futurist Singularity University The iUeMagazine team is delighted to work with START Summit 2017 as Online Media Partners & is expected to bring Unlimited Inspiration for all readers from the proceedings of this event. Staying tuned to the enriching updates from this event is recommended.

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