The Startup Nations Summit (SNS) is the annual meeting of the Startup Nations policy network.  It is a by-invite-only event. 


SNS launched in 2012 in Toronto, Canada, and has since been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013); Seoul, South Korea (2014); Monterrey, Mexico (2015); and Cork, Ireland (2016). Tallinn is the official host city for 2017, thanks to the leadership of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia and Startup Estonia.

Startup Nations is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). GEN co-hosts the Startup Nations Summit each year in late November as the official conclusion to Global Entrepreneurship Week

As the annual gathering of GEN's policy network, SNS delegates are all about identifying policy levers that can unleash high impact entrepreneurship and innovation. Their are largely from public sector institutions responsible for entrepreneurship ecoystem building, but also includes external policy advisors. Discussions at SNS therefore focus on exploring necessary regulatory changes and other innovative policy ideas to help accelerate new and young firm formation in their economies.

At SNS, Startup Nations members and guest shares ideas about what is working and what is not in their respective environments; listen to entrepreneurs who have faced policy challanges and connect to research and communicates priorities to a Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN). In essence, SNS offers policy advisors an international forum in which to listen to and learn from their peers grappling with similar policy challenges. During the summit, delegates are able to exchange information with policy leaders about cutting-edge government programs and regulatory practices aimed at increasing new firm formation and gain insight about the ways in which other national governments support entrepreneurs.

SNS organizers are keen to learn what all nations are focused on as we mutually work on new ways to help our new firms form and scale. Delegates are involved in policy and program efforts to better enable high growth entrepreneurship and are interested in an open exchange of ideas and insightful research and data to guide smarter policymaking.

Registration is now closed for SNS 2017, if interested in being considered for an invitation for the next edition, please contact