Startup Nations Summit


November 18-20, 2016.


About the Startup Nations Summit

What is the Startup Nations Summit?

The Startup Nations Summit (SNS) gathers a network of startup community leaders and policymakers from around the world to help better enable high impact entrepreneurship, especially through the identification of policy levers and smart public sector driven programs.

Following SNS Toronto in 2012, SNS Kuala Lumpur in 2013, SNS Seoul in 2014 and SNS Monterrey in 2015, Startup Ireland, in partnership with Cork Innovates, is hosting its fellow Startup Nations members for the first time in Europe.

At this fifth 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.

At the SNS, Startup Nations, for a second year, will recognize innovative public sector leaders and policy approaches from around the world through the Startup Nations Awards.


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.

Rasha Y. ElTantawy
Head of Entrepreneurship and Business Support, TIEC Egypt
Kwanghyon Kim
Executive Director, Startup Korea
Thomas Martin Cooney
Policy Advisor to the Irish Government
Jonathan Ortmans
President, Global Entrepreneurship Network
Anders Hoffmann
Deputy Director General, Danish Business Authority
Adriana Tortajada
Director, Mexico Ventures
Harald Mahrer
State Secretary for Science, Research and Economics, Austria
Mikk Vainik
Expert on Startup Policy, Government of Estonia
Sidney Yuen
Board Member, The Ireland Fund of China
Kristin Schreiber
Director, EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises & SMEs (COSME)
Efka Heder
Director, SEECEL
Bart De Wever
Mayor of Antwerp
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Minister of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Thailand
Ileana A. Rogel
Executive Director, CONAMYPE, Ministry of Economy, El Salvador
Hugo Kantis
Entrepreneurship Development Program (PRODEM)


Top news related to the SNS

Oct 19, 2016
Through the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP), the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is creating the first compendium of public sector policies and programs from around the world, and aims to provide evidence-based, proven policy best...
Oct 14, 2016
The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced the seven finalists for the Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership. The award recognizes individuals who champion broad and large-scale efforts that have a positive impact on a national...
Oct 7, 2016
Washington, D.C. – The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced four finalists for the Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. The award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or...