START Summit 2019Credit: START Global

START Summit 2021

Europe’s leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology.


START Summit 2021, Europe’s leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology, will take place virtually from March 22–27. Join us and network on our platform from anywhere in the world.

In the 25th edition of START Summit, participants can fundraise, find customers, recruit talents:

Connect with leading European investors such as btov Partners, Earlybird VC and Creandum through our unique matchmaking tool and founders chatroulette

Take the chance to win 25’000 CHF equity-free cash and gain exposure through our prestigious START Summiteer pitching competition

Learn from speakers such as Matt Cohler (Founding Team Facebook & Partner at Benchmark), Igor Perisic (CDO Linkedin) and Verena Pausder (Founder ada) during their speeches and meet them in exclusive background sessions

Interested in participating? Get your exclusiveswissnex Early bird ticket now to receive a 30% discount by using the following link.


The full program is available here.

Program Highlights:

Tuesday, March 23
9:00am in San Francisco / 5:00pm in Switzerland
Fireside chat with Matt Cohler (Benchmark) and Jay Kreps (Cofluent) on the story of Kafka and one of the world’s fastest growing Infrastructure software companies.

Tuesday, March 23
1:00pm in San Francisco / 7:00pm in Switzerland
Panel with Igor Persic (CDO & VP of Engeneering @ Linkedin), Melanie Gabriel (Yokoy), and Elegantine Jamet (Artemia Executive) on human biases in AI.

Wednesday, March 24
11:00am in San Francisco / 7:00pm in Switzerland
Fireside Chat with Gioia Deucher (CEO of swissnex San Francisco) and Adam Cheyer who will speak about the lessons he learned from founding Siri, Viv Labs, and Sentient. 

Wednesday, March 24
8:15am in San Francisco / 4:15pm in Switzerland
Fireside Chat with Franziska Steiner, Head of Entrepreneurship at swissnex San Francisco who joins Mark Gainey, Founder of Strava.

Friday, March 26
11:00am in San Francisco / 7:00pm in Switzerland
Keynote with Tina Sharkey (Brandless) about the Community Playbook for Brands &Businesses.

Saturday, March 27
08:00am in San Francisco / 4:00pm in Switzerland
Michael Seibel (Y combinator), VIP session on why There are no average founders.



START Global is an internationally positioned organization whilst being locally anchored within European start-up hubs. By this means, it lays ground for fostering and accelerating regional entrepreneurship ecosystems. On the societal level, our goal is to create better understanding of tomorrows technological changes and problems. A new generation of students grasping future opportunities is rising in the START Network.