Former students giving something back to their university, both financially and in terms of goodwill, is a firmly established tradition.

HSG Alumni supports around 20 student initiatives each year through grants, such as the National Model United Nations Conference, the Start Summit or the Un-Dress Fashion Show, which cannot be funded by the public purse. HSG Alumni grants are intended to support the strategic goals of our association and strengthen the quality and reputation of the HSG.

Submission deadlines

Applications are processed once per quarter of each year.
Accordingly, the following binding application deadlines apply:

15th January | 15th March | 15th June | 15th October

Apply now

Jana Weise

Manager Event and Communitys

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria
HSG Alumni is happy to support student projects that represent added value for the HSG and its community. In doing so, it is our wish that the value of our HSG Alumni Community and Network in particular becomes visible within the scope of the support. Accordingly, the benefits offered by the student initiative are relevant. There are no limits to creativity here and we welcome new ideas on how you can represent HSG Alumni in a positive way.

As a guide to basic agreements, here are some typical benefits that you can include:

  • Inclusion of HSG Alumni in the programme (speaker, etc.)
  • Presence of HSG Alumni (presentation, slide, roll-up/pennant, poster) at the event/project
  • Possibility for HSG Alumni to participate in the events (at least virtually)
  • We receive communication material that we can use on our channels (website, newsletter, social media, alma alumni magazine)
  • Possibility of conducting interviews with external participants/speakers or using them for side events
  • Cooperation with an HSG Alumni Club that is thematically or regionally appropriate to the topic. All HSG Alumni Communities can be viewed here.


Apply now for a sponsorship

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Alumni & Student Relations Team

Phone +41 71 224 30 12 |


Some of the sponsored student initiatives in the past

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IGNITE Movement

Conference 2022

IGNITE’s purpose is to empower companies to inspire their employees and, through this, create a meaningful business world for businesses and employees alike.
«Durch die Förderung von HSG Alumni können wir unsere Ideen realisieren und einen positiven Einfluss auf die Studierenden und die Gesellschaft nehmen.»


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Sustainable Fashion Show

Un-Dress is a young, dynamic platform whose goal is to establish sustainable fashion more strongly within society. The highlight of the student initiative supported by HSG Alumni is the annual catwalk show, which is the largest fair fashion show in Switzerland.
Photo: Niklas Tidbury

Pride Month 2022 Team


Pride Month

Pride is a social initiative to raise awareness about issues LGBTQ+ people face in everyday life, at work or in the future. It is about representing LGBTQ+ people and showing them that they are welcome. It is also about raising awareness among people outside the LGBTQ+ community.



HSG Learning Center – The project, financed purely by private donations, has already received over 51 million francs – much of it from HSG Alumni members. Photo: Sou Fujimoto Architects

The “HSG Foundation” is an independent charitable foundation targeting the strategic development of the University of St.Gallen. It developed out of the HSG Alumni Foundation in the year 2013 in order to strengthen the University of St.Gallen as a leading European business school in the global competition for talented students, creative young researchers and dedicated professors.

Focus on philanthropy

Complementing existing fundraising relationships, the work of the “HSG Foundation” focusses on philanthropic support. The term philanthropy is derived from ancient Greek and means love of humans; it covers every voluntary private action aimed at a charitable purpose. Donors desire to contribute to the well-being of society by facilitating an excellent education for the next generation – this includes outstanding teaching and research personnel, innovative programmes and student scholarships. With their commitment they secure the highest academic performances.

The HSG Foundation Board – ten prominent personalities

These personalities from the circle of alumni and donors as well as science are members of the Foundation Board of the HSG Foundation. 

Management and contact for fundraising matters

Operationally, Ernst Risch, lic.oec. HSG, manages the Foundation's business. At the same time, he heads the University Office of Development.

HSG Foundation, Ernst Risch | Phone +41 71 224 39 48 |

HSG Foundation Website