The HSG Foundation would like to thank all of its benefactors

Private individuals, companies, foundations: The University of St.Gallen was able to quickly implement strategically important projects and establish itself as one of the leading business universities thanks to significant donations. Many thanks to our benefactors for their commitment!

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Many student initiatives were realised together with students from the University of St.Gallen between 2010 and 2017. Thanks to the donors creative and talented young students engaged in civil society have been able to implement projects important to them. In addition, we are very glad that we have been able to win over many students as donors with the HSG inSite crowdfunding platform. We would like to thank the benefactors for their multifaceted commitment to the University of St.Gallen.


22 project applications have been submitted since 2010


Number of successfully funded projects

17 of these projects have been published


Current donations for all HSG inSite projects

The HSG inSite crowdfunding platform is a joint project between the HSG Alumni association and the HSG Foundation. Alumni and friends of the University of St.Gallen can support specific, periodically changing projects with project-specific donations based on the idea of project financing by a large number of people. They can continuously track the impact of their involvement in detailed reports, interviews and pictures. The projects are ultimately presented on the HSG inSite website under HSG Alumni «Success stories».

“Dear Philanthropy Team. I would like to thank you very much for the financial support. Thanks to your help, I have to work eight to ten days less this semester and, as a result, I can invest considerably more time in my studies and the upcoming written coursework.”

Scholarship holder from the first project realised by the SHSG (student union) philanthropy team

“This week in India is unforgettable because we have lived with the locals during this time and have experienced their indescribable willingness to help, which is something that is normally impossible for tourists. The trip to India was not only for the “Litre of Light” project but a complete success for us as persons.”

Nicolas Koslowski, HSG student in Mumbai


Project «UniMusic - society of music lovers at the University of St.Gallen»

01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

UniMusic is an officially accredited society at the University of St.Gallen. We provide members of our society with renowned music teachers and organise various music projects. The UniMusic society has been in existence since 2008. Our organisation is run on a voluntary basis by music-loving students and aims to provide high-quality subsidised music lessons for students and employees of the university. The teaching is provided individually or in groups on a private basis by qualified lecturers (e.g. former music academy professors).

Project «intervention – young artists on campus»

28/06/2016 - 07/11/2016

The proArte association launched an innovative art education project starting 2015 with the «intervention – young artists on campus» project. After the initial successful realisation of the project in the autumn of 2016, proArte will again invite young artists to participate with their art projects on the campus of the University St.Gallen in the period between 3 and 7 October 2016. Their work is supported by an attractive fringe programme. As a somewhat unconventional meeting place, “intervention - young artists on campus” offers students, lecturers and the people of St.Gallen the opportunity to engage in the networking of art, business and society in a fun and multifaceted manner.

Project «National Model United Nation»

15/01/2016 - 30/04/2016

20 selected students from the University of St.Gallen have had the opportunity to participate in the National Model United Nations (NMUM) Conference in March 2016. «Solutions for tomorrow from the youth of today» is the slogan of the event being held in New York from 27 to 31 March 2016. The Bachelor's students are being prepared for this unique opportunity at weekly events under the guidance of Professor Thomas Burri, a professor at the University of St.Gallen. The training will focus in particular on negotiation skills and public speaking so that the student delegation from the HSG can be appropriately represented at the event.

Project «START Summit 2016»

15/01/2016 - 31/03/2016

The START Summit 2016 will take place from 17 to 19 March 2016 on the grounds of the OLMA exhibition halls. The spacious area enables us to increase the number of participants to 1,500 students, investors, start-ups and (media) partners and run the entire conference on a professional level. This in turn helps us with its positioning vis-à-vis the main stakeholders and places the University of St.Gallen and the conference vis-à-vis business, politics and the rest of the world. The START Summit 2016 will focus on financial technology (FinTech), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the future of mobility this year and consciously encourage an exchange between different global business environments. The selected technologies will permanently change Switzerland and require an intense substantive discussion on their challenges, opportunities and trends. We are dependent on financial support in light of the professionalism of the conference and the increased international exchanges.

Project «IGNITE – Conference on Purpose-driven Business»

26/10/2015 - 30/11/2015

Companies have enormous potential to create sustainable added value for their stakeholders. However, this is only possible with the involvement of the employees. Purpose-driven business comes into play at this point and changes the management and corporate culture and strengthens the social added value. The IGNITE Conference on 17 and 18 November 2015 is devoted to this topic. Students will take part in panels with representatives from purpose-driven companies and jointly develop new ideas and practical projects, which will have an influence outside of the conference. Your support will make it possible to hold an inspiring IGNITE Conference 2015 for students.

Project «Help for Children in Haiti!»

01/06/2015 - 31/10/2015

Each year at the University of St.Gallen, we carry out social projects for children in Haiti, a Caribbean island that experienced one of the most devastating earthquakes in 2010, within the framework of the student initiative «Rise Haiti». Our HSG association built four toilets at a school in Haiti in February 2015. However, the upkeep of the sanitary facilities requires regular cleaning and maintenance. A cleaner and handyman are employed to do this. With your help, we can secure the wages for these employees for 2015 and therefore improve the quality of life of 474 school children.

Project «Mentoring Training for Students»

01/04/2015 - 31/12/2015

With ROCK YOUR LIFE! in St.Gallen, we, as an association accredited at the University of St.Gallen and run by students, we are committed to equal opportunities in education. Dedicated students can support a student from an economically, socially or family disadvantaged background with 1-to-1 mentoring over a two year period while they make their career choice. The students receive professional mentoring training and valuable leadership experience within the framework of our programme: in turn, they have a direct influence on social justice through their involvement. You can help our student union to finance the mentoring training for 19 students.

Project «Students in Need»

05/01/2015 - 31/03/2015

With your help, the study support team would like to support two assessment students who have difficulty in financing their studies on their own. The rising tuition fees and the pressure to get good results make life difficult for young students. We want to help!

Project «START Summit 2015»

01/11/2014 - 31/03/2015

The START Summit is the largest entrepreneurship conference in Switzerland organised by students. Workshops, speeches and social events, such as the start-up speed dating will take place during the course of the two-day conference, which will be run by the START Global association at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) from 17 to 18 April 2015. 400 guests visited the HSG in the spring of 2014 – students, start-up entrepreneurs, investors and speakers from science and practical backgrounds – from all over Europe to exchange ideas and information with each other. The aim of the conference is to generate greater awareness of entrepreneurship and make the University of St.Gallen more prominent in this area. Thanks to the strong positive feedback, the next START Summit aims to have even more participants and 31 HSG students are working hard to organise it. Just as our motto says: Don’t be innovative, be disruptive.

Project «DocNet Symposium Business School 2030»

01/06/2014 - 01/10/2014

The aim of the DocNet Symposium is to promote interaction and networking between young scientists and representatives from practical backgrounds. The conference organised by the postgraduate student union at the University of St.Gallen is open to postgraduate students and alumni of the university as well as the general public. This year's symposium, already in its 12th year, will focus on the business school of the future – which issues and methods will be relevant in the future? High-ranking representatives from science and practical backgrounds will exchange their views during the course of the symposium. New media, forms of work, digitalisation and a constantly changing competitive environment and decreasing confidence in the economy show the relevance of the topic.

Project «Students in Need»

Members of the HSG support assessment students for the fourth time in succession.

In the summer of 2013, five candidates who fulfilled the financial and performance requirements agreed with the HSG applied for the study support programme that was launched in 2012. Two candidates received help thanks to the donations from students, employees, alumni and friends of the HSG. One of the students receiving support, who completed his school leaving examination with excellent marks, received help in order to pursue his wish to study marketing and banking thanks to the donation although the parents were unable to support their son. We are pleased to have helped to some extent on his education pathway through our shared involvement.

Project «Telders International Law Moot Court»

01/12/2012 - 28/02/2013

The Telders International Law Moot Court is one of the most important moot courts in Europe under international law. Every year, over 40 teams from different European universities take part: the final round, where the winning teams of national qualifiers meet is traditionally held in the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the International Court of Justice. Participation offers students at the University of St.Gallen the rare opportunity to develop their skills in a competitive environment at international level, in a “fun setting” so to speak.

Project «Challenge the Best 2012»


Population growth and climate change make water a rare commodity in large parts of the world. 800 million people currently have no access to clean drinking water. Seven billion people could even be affected by water shortage by 2050. The United Nations therefore declared in July 2010 that access to basic sanitation and water was a human right – so far without any apparent improvement in the situation. Ten students at the university therefore organised the «Challenge the Best» competition at the HSG to discuss this with guests from business, politics and society. The results of the conference are released in a printed final publication and made available to decision-makers in politics, society and business.

Project «365 Days of Lacrosse Fever»

01/12/2011 - 01/11/2012

The «St.Gallen Lacrosse Cougars», the women's lacrosse team at the HSG, have been training at the university sports ground at the University of St.Gallen since the autumn semester of 2011. Thanks to the HSG inSite benefactors, the majority of them are associated with the families of the players, the student union is able to finance the necessary training and match sportswear. The captain of the HSG women’s lacrosse team, Chiara Iten, would like to thank all the benefactors and is looking forward to the new playing season full of confidence: «Shared team equipment – including sticks, gloves, goggles and goalkeeper equipment in addition to sportswear – will improve our team spirit and therefore our performance.» The team sport of lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America; it was played by native Americans. However, men's and women's lacrosse does not just enjoy great popularity in the Anglo-Saxon world, the number of fans is growing worldwide.

Project «Litre of Light Switzerland»


Eight members of the «Litre of Light Switzerland» student initiative travelled to India and Bangladesh for two weeks to spread the idea of light from a solar bottle and therefore provide an ecological and cost-effective light source for less fortunate households. The money collected on the HSG inSite was exclusively used for paying the wages of local workers and the material costs for the project. Sincere thanks to the many benefactors without whom the project could not have been financed.

Project «Assessment Student Support»

01/12/2012 - 28/02/2013

Former and current HSG students and friends of the University of St.Gallen have provided assistance for assessment students from deprived backgrounds with the financing of their tuition fees for the spring semester of 2013. Together, they were able to collect the necessary amount on the «HSG inSite» funding platform. In addition, the students contributed to the success of the project with the sale of drink vouchers in the `{`ad`}`hoc bar. Many thanks to all benefactors!


Many thanks to all benefactors.

Jansen Primesteps Foundation

Menzerna Polishing Compunds GmbH

Meritor Aftermarket Switzerland AG

Hansrudolf Schweizer-Lütolf

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