University of St. Gallen

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University of St. Gallen
St. Gallen, Swizerland
Teaching Business Innovation, Cultural Organizations
Member since 2005

St. Gallen is a city south of Lake Constance (Bodensee), in north-eastern Switzerland. It’s home to the Abbey of St. Gall, a monastery of various architectural styles including baroque. The complex includes a library with a rich collection of ancient books, and a twin-towered cathedral. Nearby, the Textile Museum details this important local trade. Many buildings in the old town have decorative bay windows. St. Gallen is also a university town with a focus on the economic sciences.

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) was founded as a business academy in 1898 – in the heyday of the St.Gallen embroidery industry and is nowadays a School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs. The first lectures were held in 1899. The practice-oriented approach and integrative view have characterised the education we offer since those early days. Today, we are one of Europe’s leading business schools and are EQUIS and AACSB accredited. With 41 institutes, research institutes and centers are our hallmark: the mostly autonomously organised institutes finance themselves to a large degree but are closely linked to the university. The institutes are active in research, consulting and further education.

We offer a human centered design approach to help solve wicked problems for companies that aim for disruptive innovation. Global leading companies are working together with an interdisciplinary team of master students from one of Europe’s top business schools partnering with students from all around the globe to tackle innovation. We have a backpack full of experience: more than 10 years of experience and over 100 projects with companies. We are not just solving the most wicked problems but providing access to the biggest academic network in design thinking.

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How might we make life hassle free for people that move to Switzerland?

As part of the globally observed trend of the ‘globalisation’, every year, 140’000 people move to Switzerland for a variety of reasons and during this relocation face an abundance of hurdles and challenges. This is where Swissify comes into play, a web-based application which can be accessed through both a laptop as well as through smartphones and tablets via After answering only five questions, the users receive a personalised timeline indicating each step of their journey to Switzerland in great detail and the respective information is always tailored to their specific situation and needs. Swissify operates with a lead-generation business model, meaning that the customers can use Swissify free of charge, thus enabling them to save both money and time.

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