What is the Startup Nations Summit?

The Startup Nations Summit is the annual gathering of an invitation-only network of policy influencers from around the world committed to help better enable high impact entrepreneurship through the identification of policy levers and smart public-sector-driven programs. More information about this network is available at startupnations.co.

At the annual Summit, Startup Nations members share ideas about innovative new approaches their countries are taking -- and also share candid assessments on what is working and what is not. 


When and where will Startup Nations Summit 2017 take place?

The host city for SNS 2017 is Tallinn, Estonia. The Summit will take place from November 20 – 22, 2017.

The Startup Nations Summit is in its sixth year and is an initiative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network that is co-hosted in a different country each year. Joining GEN this year as co-hosts are the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia along with Startup Estonia. The summit is supported by DG Grow, EIT Digital and Dell.

The summit is likely to draw hundreds of entrepreneurship policymakers and advisors, as well as representatives of public and private sector organizations from around the world who are interested in understanding and sharing international best practice in helping high impact entrepreneurs start and scale new enterprises via innovative policy levers. 


Where has the Startup Nations Summit been held before?

The following cities have hosted previous editions of the Startup Nations Summit:

  • 2012: Toronto, Canada
  • 2013: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2014: Seoul, Korea
  • 2015: Monterrey, Mexico
  • 2016: Cork, Ireland




I am a Startup Nations member, do I need to register? 

Yes, you must register in advance. Registration will be available via this site soon. Startup Nations member organizations may register more than one delegate. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and you are encouraged to register early.

If you have never attended a GEN event before, please register to create a new delegate profile once registration is open. If you registered as a delegate for SNS 2016 in Cork, please do not create a new delegate profile. Click the LOGIN button or, if you have forgotten your password, click the REQUEST NEW PASSWORD button.

Once your registration is complete you will receive an email with a link to confirm your registration.

NOTE: By registering on the website your profile will be made available to all delegates. Your public profile will include your picture, name, organization, country, and a contact link that will allow other delegates to send you a message through the website.


I'm not a Startup Nations member, can I still participate in the summit? 

The Summit itself is day-long event which is closed to Startup Nations members and invited policy experts. If you would like to participate as a prospective Startup Nations member, please email cristina@genglobal.org. Please note space is limited.

Both members and non-members are welcome to submit a nomination for the Startup Nations Awards.


Will you pay for my travel expenses?

There is limited travel funding available for active Startup Nations members. As a general rule, delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs as well as any other expenses incurred while attending the summit. 


How should I dress for this event?

The dress code for the summit is business casual. For those attending the Startup Nations Gala Dinner (by invitation only), semi-formal attire is expected.  


What are the recommended hotels in Tallinn for the Startup Nations Summit?

Summit organizers will soon select an official hotel and make that information available on the website. 




How do I find up-to-date information about sessions and their locations?

The most up-to-date information will be available on the summit website. Delegates are encouraged to use the website, as well as the mobile version of the site, for the latest updates, room locations and to connect with other delegates. 


Is there WiFi at the events?

Startup Nations members will be provided access to free wireless internet at the summit venue and hotel.