What is the Startup Nations Summit?

The Startup Nations Summit (SNS) 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 what is working and what is not in their respective environments; communicate research priorities to the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN); and enable informal knowledge sharing among economies focused on leveraging entrepreneurs and their startups in order to create jobs, build economies and expand human welfare. 


When and where will the SNS 2016 take place?

The host city for SNS 2016 Cork, Ireland. The Summit and parallel Startup Gathering events will take place from November 18 – 20, 2016 at the Gateway Campus of University College Cork (UCC).

The Startup Nations Summit is in its fifth year and is an initiative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in partnership with a local member organization – in this case with Startup Ireland.

SNS has never been held in Europe previously and is likely to draw hundreds of startup policy makers, advisors, 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 SNS 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

The results of the 2017 host city competitive bid will be announced soon.




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

Yes, you must register in advance. Registration will be available via this site starting June 15, 2016. 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 SN 2016 in Medellín, 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 SNS? 

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@gew.co. Please note space is limited.

However, there are a number of Startup Gathering activities planned around the Summit in which Startup Nations members will engage with the wider startup community. For more information about registering for these events, please email Cork Innovates and stay tuned for updates on the agenda for the weekend. Startup Gathering activities are the cornerstone of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrations taking place in Ireland, alongside GEW activities in another 165 countries.

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 SNS. 


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 Cork for the Startup Nations Summit?

The official hotel for SNS 2016 is the River Lee, which a short walking distance from the event venue at the UCC campus. You are encouraged to contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. Members may request a booking code from cristina@gew.co.

There are number of other hotels of similar quality nearby and they will be listed on the HOTELS page of this site. Alternatively you may explore staying at one the Bed and Breakfast hotels surrounding the UCC campus.




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

The most up-to-date information will be available on the SNS 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. You may also follow us on Twitter @unleashingideas.


Is there WiFi at the events?

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