We are saddened to announce the cancellation of START Summit and the btov Think Tank 2020

This year’s START Summit was cancelled due to the consequences of the Corona Virus and we decided not to hold any btov events around the Summit either, in order to fight the risk of an infection as much as humanly possible.

Our sympathy is directed towards all those affected by the Corona Virus, whose course of disease has already claimed countless victims, especially in China. We are deeply concerned and our thoughts are with China and our friends there, whom we have visited with the btov community several times with great admiration for their entrepreneurial accomplishments.

Without lapsing into hysteria, we can and must all make our personal contribution in everyday life in the hope that this pandemic will be effectively stopped in the coming months.

Many of us have already experienced and lived through several global crises. For the generation of students who are responsible for the START Summit and have been preparing it tirelessly for a year now, this is the first. By cancelling today, they put the greater good above their own interests. We respect them for this and are committed to supporting them even more for their next Summit taking place on March 25 and 26, 2021.

St. Gallen, Switzerland

Janine Kägi