Start node

A Start node indicates the beginning of a process path.

When you create a new map, a Start node is added by default. You can change the name of the Start node.

You can use standard BPMN event types to denote that something happens at the beginning (Start node) of a process.

Event types for a start node

Event types for the start node indicate the circumstances that trigger the start of the process. They are just visual aids; they do not trigger events or perform any functions.

To set the event types for a Start node, select the Start node and on the Event type list select the event type to set.

The following table describes the event types available for a Start node and the corresponding BPMN Standard notations.

Event Type

BPMN standard notation



Start node event type - Default

Indicates the default notation.


Start node event type - Default

Indicates that no trigger is defined.


Start node event type - Message

Indicates that the receipt of a message, such as a request from a customer, initiates the process.


Start node event type - Timer

Indicates that the process starts at a specific date and time or a recurring time, such as every Monday at 9 AM.


Start node event type - Condition

Indicates that a business condition, such as a balance dropping below a certain value triggers the process.


Start node event type - Signal

Indicates that an external signal, such as the addition of a new customer, triggers the process.


Start node event type - Multiple

Indicates that any event can start the process.

Parallel Multiple

Start node event type - Parallel Multiple

Indicates that the process has multiple events, and all the events must occur for the process to start.