The Startup Nations Summit features startup-savvy policy advisors and startup community leaders collaborating on innovative new policies and public sector-driven programs to better promote high-impact entrepreneurship. It gathers Startup Nations members from more than 70 countries -- ranging from national initiatives focused on immigration programs to attract entrepreneurial talent (e.g. Startup Chile and Startup Denmark) to policy initiatives concentrating on expanding entrepreneurial finance programs (e.g. Mexico’s National Institute of the Entrepreneur). Startup Nations also engages strong city-level initiatives that tackle similar ecosystem challenges at the local level and often inspire action at the national level.

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, a collection of roughly 40,000 events held during one week each year in 170+ countries. The summit launched in 2012 in Toronto, Canada, and has since been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Seoul, South Korea; Monterrey, Mexico; and Cork, Ireland.

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.

The summit 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.