St. Gallen Essay Competition for students (Switzerland)

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Global student essay competition
Christine Lagarde
President Tony Tan Keng Yam

Take part in the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2017 to qualify for participation
as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational
debates: The 47th St. Gallen Symposium (3–5 May 2017).
»» Join the debate with 600 top global leaders and decision makers
»» All expenses for travel, board and lodging paid; travel service provided
»» Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
»» Present your thoughts and visions to hundreds of international leaders
»» Win the world’s foremost student essay contest, CHF 20,000.– prize money
»» Become a member of a unique global community

Write an essay to the question “Breaking the status quo – What is YOUR disruptive idea?”
Let’s think beyond disruptive innovation in management and look at disruption more
generally as something that breaks the status quo – be it in business, politics, science,
or society. Pick the one of these four fields you are most passionate about, identify a
problem of greater magnitude and come up with a disruptive idea to solve it. Your idea
must aspire to inspire top-notch leaders worldwide. Do not free ride on the buzzword
“disruption” but rather be bold and develop a truly novel and radical concept to win our
prestigious award.

You are eligible if you are enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate level study programme
(Master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university as of 1 February 2017,
and were born in 1987 or later.

Register now at and submit your essay no later than
1 February 2017. All essays will be judged by an independent jury composed of academics
and business executives.

The 100 best competitors get invited to the 47th St. Gallen Symposium. To win the award,
the six finalists will compete against each other on the symposium’s big stage and convince
the jury of their ideas. The three very best candidates will receive the prestigious award.

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Would you like to present your disruptive ideas to world leaders such as Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund, Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Co., Professor Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, Jack Ma,, and Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President Republic of Singapore?

Discuss your ideas with the global elite, create an impact, win CHF 20,000.– and enjoy an all-expenses-covered trip to Switzerland. Seize the opportunity and qualify as one of 200 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 47th St. Gallen Symposium ( by competing for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. Including the following highlights:

§ Participation as “Leader of Tomorrow” in a global forum
§ Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from more than 50 nations
§ Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience
§ Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
§ Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds from around the world and become a member of a global community
§ All expenses paid (travel, board and lodging)
§ Broad media coverage

The 47th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 3–5 May 2017 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, under the topic “The dilemma of disruption”. The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is the world’s most prestigious essay competition of its kind giving you the extraordinary opportunity to share your voice and opinion with some of the world’s most influential leaders and decision makers.

Have a look at the competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2017.

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We look forward to hopefully welcoming you in May 2017 in Switzerland!

With best regards,

Kaspar Koechli
Responsible for Leaders of Tomorrow

St. Gallen Symposium
P.O. Box 1045
9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
Phone +41 71 227 20 20, Fax +41 71 227 20 30
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