Startup Nations Summit


November 20-22, 2017

About the Startup Nations Summit

What is the Startup Nations Summit?

The Startup Nations Summit gathers a network of entrepreneurship policy shapers from around the world to identify, test and track innovative policy levers and smart public sector driven programs for new and young businesses.

Following SNS Toronto in 2012, SNS Kuala Lumpur in 2013, SNS Seoul in 2014, SNS Monterrey in 2015, and SNS 2016 in Cork in 2017, Startup Nations members will meet in Tallinn, Estonia.

At the sixth edition of SNS, Startup Nations members will continue their work to unearth and evaluate new effective policy levers and public sector-driven programs that are making an impact in advancing entrepreneurial growth around the world.

If you wish to request an invitation please email with information about your role and interest in entrepreneurship policymaking.

Featured Delegates

The Startup Nations Summit attracts speakers and delegates who are startup policy champions from around the world, dedicated to helping new businesses start and scale.

Kristin Schreiber
Director, EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises & SMEs (COSME)
Ezrra I. Orozco
Vice Minister for SMEs Development, Guatemala
Pieter Waasdorp
Director Entrepreneurship, Netherlands
Ghassan Alsulaiman
Governor of the SME Authority, Saudi Arabia
Lindiwe Zulu
Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa
Marcia Montes Cantillo
Deputy Minister for the Economy, Industry & Commerce, Costa Rica
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Minister of Digital Economy & Society, Thailand
Channmeta KAN
Secretary of State, Cambodia
Mariano Mayer
Secretary of Entrepreneurs and SMEs, Ministry of Production, Argentina
Deputy Minister, Vietnam
Urve Palo
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia
Taavet Hinrikus
Co-founder and Chair of TransferWise


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