St.Gallen offers ideal conditions to anyone wishing to found a start-up, thanks to the city’s close ties with the HSG and OST – the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences – as well as networks such as Startfeld, the support platform for all founders in their early stages.
The IFJ supports 20,000 founders across Switzerland each year, and offers them advice, intensive courses, workshops, webinars, technical presentations, events, business-planning tools, and business software, as well as support programmes and online services for company foundations and changes in the Commercial Register. Notable partners sponsor the institute, which is why all businesses can benefit from our support at no cost.
Startup@HSG is part of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and funds, supports and develops start-ups. It also offers coaching to start-ups based at the university, besides providing workspaces.
The regional innovation system for all cantons in Eastern Switzerland is part of the Federal Government’s new Regional Policy (NRP). It systematically promotes the innovative potential of businesses in Eastern Switzerland and gives them a competitive edge in collaboration with established partners.
The international non-profit organisation holds local offices around the world. Its members, all aged between 18 and 40, collaborate and develop new skills, in order to shape the future of the economy.
Got a good idea, but no plan? Startfeld helps you out when founding your business – from initial consultation to financing. You can also use its office spaces and infrastructure for tinkering, research and development. Finally, Startfeld events offer you the platform to consolidate your expertise and broaden your network. Launch your business with the help of the Startfeld start-up funding programme.
Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Agency. Its goal is to promote innovation, and to support enterprises, researchers, start-ups and other innovation-driven organisations in Switzerland. Innosuisse promotes science-based innovation in the interest of the economy and society by means of innovation projects, financial support for start-ups, internationalisation and networking.
The St.Gallen area offers numerous events geared towards helping founders establish new contacts, consolidate existing ones and make new discoveries.
Start-ups have been receiving final touches since 2012, thanks to Startfeld Diamant, the start-up award for new ideas and concepts financed by the Cantonal Bank of St.Gallen. It is awarded each year to a start-up from Eastern Switzerland. Making it into the short-list of the five finalists is already an achievement in and of itself.
The Investors Forum is conceived as a matchmaking event. Innovative start-ups from a range of sectors can team up with first-rate investors for a unique networking experience. All participants have the opportunity, at the end of the event, to continue exchanging and getting to know each other in depth.
There are many reasons to start a business. Either you wish to become independent, implement your own ideas, make an innovation come true, or turn your life’s dream into a reality. The Startup Forum St.Gallen is the one meeting place for prospective founders, start-ups and established entrepreneurs from Eastern Switzerland, alike.
The START Summit has become Europe’s leading student-organised conference on entrepreneurship and technology. Participants discuss new business models, drawn on artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, virtual reality and block-chain technology.