At the Startup Nations Summit, delegates from around the world collaborate to identify, test and track innovative policy levers and smart public sector driven programs for new and young businesses. This year's three-day Summit starts on Monday, November 20.

 

MONDAY, NOV. 20 Venue: All daytime sessions will be held at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, second floor.
10:00 - 12:00 MEETING OF THE STARTUP NATIONS MINISTERIAL STEERING COMMITTEE (Invite Only)
St. Petersburg

Planning meeting of government authorities leading the 2018 Startup Nations Ministerial.

12:00 - 13:00 REGISTRATION & LIGHT LUNCH
Radisson Blu Sky Hotel 
13:00 - 15:00 BREAKING MYTHS ABOUT HIGH-GROWTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Hansa Room

The World Bank team leading the High-Growth Entrepreneurship Flagship Study will offer a participatory seminar to crowdsource and address policy concerns regarding policy levers to unleash the potential of this set of firms, regardless of a nation’s economic size or development stage. This session will set policy priorities for the road towards Startup Nations Ministerial in April 2018.

15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break
15:30 - 16:45
 
CRASH COURSE ON ESTONIAN E-GOVERNANCE
Hansa Room

Speakers: 
Siim Sikkut, Government CIO, Republic of Estonia
Kaspar Korjus, e-Residency Managing Director, Estonia

Offered by Estonian eGovernance leaders, this is a deep-dive into what digital disruption means. Topics include: e-residency, Data Embassies, and the history of e-Estonia journey. This is an exclusive opportunity to gain insights from the most advanced digital society and what possibilities it holds for startups.
 

16:45 - 17:15 Networking Break
17:15 - 18:15 CRASH COURSE ON ESTONIAN E-GOVERNANCE (Group Breakouts)
Hansa Room

This portion will offer an interactive breakouts offering Q&A with experts, mentors and companies.

Group A: eGovernance Technology Track

Electronic Identity

X-road – Integrating Government Silos
Riho Oks, CEO, Roksnet

Privacy & Technology

Group B: eGovernance Business Track

Government Business Services
Kätlin Kattai, Head of International Relations, Centre of Registers & Information Systems

E-tax

e-Residency and startups
Erik Mell, CEO, Leapin

GROUP C: E-governance Citizen Track

e-Voting

e-Health
Piret Hirv, Advisor, e-Services Development & Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs

e-Skills
Ave Lauringson, Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications

GROUP D: eGovernance Policy Track

e-Governance and Real-Time Economy

Technology and Governance

Exporting e-Governance

18:30  Transportation
Shuttle buses will depart from Radisson Blu Sky Hotel 
19:15 Transportation
Shuttle buses will depart hotels to evening welcome reception.

19:30 - 22:30

SNS WELCOME RECEPTION
Energy Discovery Center (Põhja pst 29, 10415 Tallinn)
 

The Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications (MEAC) and Startup Estonia host SNS delegates for a welcome reception.

22:30 - 23:00 Transportation
Shuttle buses leave for hotels.
   
TUESDAY, NOV. 21 All Tuesday and Wednesday events are held at Kultuurikatel - at Black Box rooms, and open to registered delegates.
08:45 Transportation
Shuttle buses leave from hotels to venue. 
08:45 - 09:30 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE
09:30 - 09:45 CORE SUMMIT LAUNCH

Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network.

09:45 - 10:45 NEW POLICYMAKING APPROACHES & POLICY FRONTIERS

To spark the discussion, we will introduce innovative policymaking processes which evolved in response to entrepreneurial disruptions that changed the way we think about regulation. After short presentations, each roundtable will engage in a moderated discussion. 

"The Sandbox Approach" by Peteris Zilgavis, Head of the Startups & Innovation, DG Connect, European Commission

"Regulatory Hacking for Startups" by Evan Burfield, CEO and Cofounder, 1776 Startup Incubator

10:45 - 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 - 12:15 UNCOMMON POLICY SOLUTIONS

Startup Nations members and guests are invited to use this session as a sounding board for uncommon policy ideas they are currently working on. Discussants are asked to present their innovative policy instruments in advance via the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP) for fluid discussion at SNS. SN members and entrepreneurs will provide feedback via roundtable discussion.

Policy ideas include: 

"Universal Basic Income to Boost Entrepreneurship & Innovation" by Markus Kanerva, Senior Specialist at the Prime Minister's Office, Finland.

12:15 - 13:00 Networking Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 LOCAL POLICY EXPERIMENTS

Discussion of city-level policy lessons for national level policymaking.

14:00 - 14:20 ANNOUNCEMENT OF HOST CITY FOR SNS 2018
14:20 - 15:20

LIGHTNING ROUND: 2016-2017 POLICY ACHIEVEMENTS

SN members that have championed new legislation or received positive evaluation results will share their experience and difficulties. Presenters are asked to share details of their achievements in advance via the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP).

15:20 - 15:50 Networking Break
15:50 - 16:45 INSPIRE NEW POLICY ACTION

Based on policy-related frustrations, Startup Nations members and delegates will brainstorm solutions via a Lean Policy Canvas.

Moderated by:
John Lusk, Entrepreneur in Residence, Kauffman Foundation
Dave Moskovitz, Managing Director, GEN New Zealand 

17:00 - 17:45 HIGH-LEVELPANEL: LAW, A PREREQUISITE FOR DIGITAL DISRUPTION
18:00 - 22:00

STARTUP NATIONS AWARDS + RECEPTION
 

Startup Nations recognizes innovative public sector leaders and policy approaches from around the world through the Startup Nations Awards.

Startup Nations Awards Selection Committee members:

Kristin Schreiber, Director, COSME Programme and SME Policy, European Commission

Jason Wiens, Policy Director, Kauffman Foundation

Fiorina Mugione, Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Hugo Kantis, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Program (PRODEM)

Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia

Thomas M. Cooney, Policy Advisor to the Irish Government, European Commission, OECD and European Training Foundation

Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network

23:00 Transportation
   
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22 All Tuesday and Wednesday events are held at Kultuurikatel - Small Hall and Black Box rooms.
08:15 Transportation
08:30 - 09:00 MORNING COFFEE
09:00 - 10:30

SNS POLICY HACK: PART I
Small Hall

The Policy Hack is a signature activity of SNS Talllinn gathering policy shapers with stakeholders from across the ecosystem spectrum. Read about the policy solutions that will be hacked and validated, here. In this part of the Hack program, teams and mentors will be introduced to the rules and begin working towards the first round of pitching.

Facilitated by:
Christopher Turner, Head of Government Affairs for the Americas, Dell

SNS STARTUP TRACK PART 1: SCALING GLOBALLY
Black Box

Startup Estonia and EIT Digital are also offering this track with a series of activities that raise awareness among startups about the role of policy in their path to scaling globally. Learn more about "startup track" activities.

09:00 – 09:10   Opening Remarks

09:10 – 09:30  How to become a global scale-up?
Startups can now reach international markets almost immediately at launch. Product/market fit is geographically, industry and company-size agnostic — SaaS makes your product adoption almost instantaneous. Although this early global traction can happen organically at the beginning, the reality is that startups must be strategic about systematically scaling from a local region to any number of international markets.

09:30 – 10:00  Internationalization via corporates
 
10:00 – 10:30 What makes a great entrepreneurial environment
What makes a great entrepreneurial society and which aspects to focus on do achieve entrepreneurial people.

 

10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30

SNS POLICY HACK PART II: FIRST ROUND OF PITCHES
Small Hall

Teams will designate a member to pitch their respective solutions to a panel of mentors, which will select three finalists.

SNS Policy Hack Mentors:

Evan Burfield, CEO and Cofounder, 1776 Startup Incubator
Anne Veerpalu, Lecturer of Business Law, Estonian Business School
Eamonn Carey, Managing Director, Techstars Connection
Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of the Startups and Innovation Unit, DG Connect, European Commission
Dane Stangler, Head of Policy, Startup Genome

SNS STARTUP TRACK PART II: GLOBAL TALENT
Black Box

11:00 – 11:20  How to get talent to move half way around the world?
Jobbatical is a Tallinn-based startup company that connects talented employees to employers across the globe for short term jobs. They believe that when you encourage smart people with different backgrounds to interact, great things happen. What does the future of the work force look like and what to companies need to offer in order to get talented people to move half way around the globe?

11:20 – 12:00  Global competition for talent, a panel discussion
The great hunt for talent is on. Governments around the world are making special visa exceptions in order to get talented people for high paying jobs. What are the topics to address together with special visa regimes – what is the ideal startup environment?

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 SNS POLICY HACK PART III: FINE-TUNING PITCHES
Small Hall

SNS STARTUP TRACK PART III: ASIAN MARKET + GLOBAL INVESTORS
Black Box

13:30 - 13:50  How to scale in the Asian markets?
Asia has become a target market to a lot of startups. Scaling in the Asian market can be quite challenging as there many unknowns. What should a startup look out for and what to definitely not do, while expanding to these markets?

13:50 – 14:30  Access to international investors

14:30 - 15:00

SNS POLICY HACK + STARTUP TRACK PART IV: FINALE
Black Box

14:30 – 15:00  Final Pitches
Three finalists pitch to the audience & audience votes on a winner.

15:00 – 15:30 Why Does Policy Matter?

15:30 SNS CLOSING
16:00 - 19:00 SME ASSEMBLY - IDEAS FROM EUROPE

The European Commission's SME Assembly will immediately follow SNS in Tallinn during November 22-24. This high-level meeting being hosted as part of  Estonia's Presidency of the EU Council represents a unique opportunity for SNS delegates to deep-dive into the European approach to entrepreneurship ecosystem-building. The Assembly is by personal invitation only but will be open by special arrangement to official SNS delegates while space is available. If you are attending SNS and are interested in receiving an invitation, you must email SMEassembly@loweurope.eu.