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START hack IS BACK

We International, Baby!
Fully Virtual

START Hack unites coders, designers, and business students to celebrate technology and push innovation forward in one continent-spanning hackathon - programming skills not required


We partner with dedicated growth partners that enable you to learn fundamental business skills to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey


For the first time ever, START Hack will take place virtually, hosted on a professional event platform conveying the beloved hackathon vibe


 

From Hacker to tech entrepreneur

Road to Madness

01 | Business Foundation

At START Hack, we equip you with the skills needed in the world of entrepreneurship. Learn about founding and running startups, using the ecosystem to your advantage, profiling and getting to know how to transfer your ideas into a valid business case. We offer tailor-made online content before the event and workshops during it.

02 | START Hack

Our hackathon is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded people, share and exchange ideas and start building a working prototype. START Hack provides a truly engaging environment with challenging cases by our partners, workshops, and, of course, all the other benefits a good hackathon brings.

03 | START Summit

To strengthen the bridge between entrepreneurship and technology, every participant will receive a free ticket for START Summit - Europe's biggest student-run entrepreneurship conference. Here, participants can find their future co-founders, meet investors and challenge their ideas to bring them to the next level!

04 | Growth

Having a working prototype is great! However, how to go about it from there? As we want to leverage the potential that lies in our creative and innovative participants, START Hack is partnering with incubators, mentors and more to help them make the next steps into launching their own startup.

by students, for students

Our Secret Admirers

Case Topics

Mobility

Mobility

Healthtech

Healthtech

Urban Innovation

Smart city

Future of Work

Future work

Frequently asked questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon” in which teams collaborate on a project within a 36-hour time limit. It is where you turn your crazy ideas into real projects. We provide software, mentors, fun activities, speakers, workshops, friends, and so much more. You take care of hacking; we’ll take care of you.

What is START Hack?

What differentiates START Hack from other hackathons is our emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial spirit within our participants. We strive to spark thinking and creating beyond just this one weekend. This is why we encourage students with both business or tech backgrounds to apply!

What can we build?

There are no limits set to your creativity! Any creative prototype linked to an entrepreneurial idea or any other cool project is what we are looking for – keep in mind, a shiny pitchdeck alone won't take you far!

How big are the teams?

Teams are usually 2-4 people in size. Teams bigger than 4 people are split up into smaller ones, as we've found large teams aren't the best solution for a 36h event.

When can I apply?

Applications open on the 8th of December 2020 and close on the 18th of March 2021.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our partners, START Hack is completely free! We will provide food, swag and awesome tech gadgets as prizes.

Do I need to be able to code to apply?

Anyone with an interest in technology can attend to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

What if I don't have a team?

Not a problem! We’ll have team-forming activities to help you find teammates and idea brainstorming sessions for all our challenges. Some of our best hacks have been from teams that met and formed on the spot!

Judges

Dalith Steiger

Dalith Steiger
Co-Founder | SwissCognitive

Cédric Waldburger

Cédric Waldburger
CEO | Tomahawk.VC

Alex Ilic

Alex Ilic
Co-Founder | ETH AI Center

Coming Soon

Coming Soon
Stay Tuned!

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

START HACK X START SUMMIT

 

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Let us shape the future together!