Build Beyond Boundaries at Europe's Most Entrepreneurial Hackathon

START is the leading initiative for Entrepreneurship and Technology in Switzerland. It is entirely run by students of the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and has the objective to shape a new generation of entrepreneurs who, in times of rapidly changing technology, can solve society’s challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. As part of our ecosystem, the START Hack has grown to be one of the biggest hackathons in Central Europe. The event will have 300 motivated coders tackling several exciting challenges in the fields of Healthtech, Fintech, Smart Cities and Working World 4.0 during 35 hours of non-stop coding, prototyping, workshops and most importantly lots of fun!

For the first time ever, the hackathon will happen during the START Summit, i.e. the biggest student-led conference on technology and entrepreneurship in Europe boasting more than 3000 participants. This means that you will have the chance to...

  • Get free access to the START Summit (instead of paying 150 CHF)
  • Climb your way up to the mainstage and pitch your protoype in front of 3000+ people
  • Meet likeminded people, investors, accelerators or even your next business partner
  • Get a first taste of the European startup scene
  • Listen to exciting presentations by top-speakers such as Sigmar Gabriel, Taveet Hinrikus or Alexander Rittweger

 Also, our afterparty is supposed to be rather legendary;)

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All students, young professionals or generally tech-savy programmers are welcome to apply. We do not require specific levels of studies nor domain knowledge - the most important thing is that you are motivated to build awesome stuff and get to know likeminded people.

To enter the hackathon please apply on our website!


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Judging Criteria

  • Innovativeness
  • Completeness
  • UX/ UI
  • Presentation
  • Complexity