President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia will join a collection of high-level government officials and policy experts from more than 60 countries to explore innovative new approaches to help entrepreneurs start and scale around the world. The Startup Nations Summit, hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Estonia's Presidency of the EU Council, will take place November 20-22, 2017, in Tallinn.
Among a collection of promising policy experiments from each continent, President Kaljulaid will touch on various initiatives that the host country has undertaken, including its e-Residency program which attracts foreign entrepreneurs and has been credited for creating more than 1,000 companies in Estonia since it launched in December 2014.
The key aim of the Summit is to explore how digital disruption is changing the world – and to help delegates shape policy solutions to challenges in their home countries. Among high-level panels and other presentations, the Summit will feature the SNS Policy Hack. Ten teams, made up of delegates from different parts of the world, will form teams around different challenges and refine policy solutions before pitching their policy solutions to a panel of expert judges. Each team will leave the Summit with a validated policy solution, ready to make a difference in their home country. Following the Summit, delegates will be supported by an experienced team of mentors to help them implement their team’s solution.
Startup Nations Summit 2017 is hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the European Commission, Startup Estonia, EIT Digital, Dell and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Tallinn is the sixth city to host the Summit, joining Toronto (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Seoul (2014), Monterrey (2015) and Cork (2016).
Each year, the Summit is the official closing of Global Entrepreneurship Week, with 35,000 events, activities and competitions held in more than 170 countries around the world aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. This year, it will serve as a bridge to the 2017 SME Assembly, coordinated by the European Commission to promote entrepreneurship throughout the continent.