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Version: 8.1

Simple start event

Level: beginner

The Simple start event (Fig. 1) is used when a process is initiated by a user directly, as opposed to being started by a signal or timer. The element initiates two types of processes:

  • Processes that are run manually, by a Creatio user. Different methods of running business processes manually in Creatio are covered in a separate article.
  • Processes that are used as sub-processes.

Start events initiate a new process instance and enable execution of all other elements on the process diagram. No process element (e.g., intermediate signals or timers) can be triggered before the start element is executed.

Fig. 1 A business process initiated with a Simple start event
Fig. 1 A business process initiated with a Simple start event

For example, you can use the Simple start event in a “Corporate sale” business process, if it is usually initiated manually as a result of an executive decision.

Simple start event operation


The element is triggered whenever a user runs the business process, e.g., by clicking the Run button in the Process library section or running a process from the Command line. Alternatively, the element can be triggered by the parent process, if the current process is run as a sub-process.


When triggered, the event activates its outgoing flows, which enables the execution of the other actions in the business process flow.

Simple start event parameters

Run following elements in the background

Select this checkbox, if you want any “User action” elements activated with the outgoing flows of the current element to run “in the background.” When process elements are executed in the background, their loading mask is not displayed, no windows pop up for the user, etc. The user will be able to interact with the elements via the Business process tasks tab of the communication panel.

See also

Process events

Use events in a business process