Unlike traditional policy hacks where challenges are chosen by the organizers, the SNS Policy Hack called for team leaders who bring specific, real challenges to the table, along with a preliminary idea of how to address such challenges and the commitment to test the hacked solution in their respective ecosystems.

A policy hack is a collaborative way of developing a policy. Each SNS Policy Hack team will consist of a team leader, peer policymakers and entrepreneurs. Team leaders will be supported by mentors to flesh out the design and implementation of their proposed solution.

Delegates to SNS 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia this November may still request to be matched with one of the following team leaders by sending an email to sarolta@genglobal.org (please state your experience in dealing with similar policy issues as your chosen team leader).


Team Leader: Ozan Acar, Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, Turkey

Ozan’s team is working on an instrument that will help startups and corporations to form partnerships. During the policy hack they will tackle the idea of creating platforms that will bring corporates and startups together and trigger a mutually beneficial relationship. One part would be an initiative where startups willing to help corporates' digital transformation could be invited to pitch their business ideas to companies, another is tax incentives to the corporates that purchase from the startups, but creating a Startup Friendly Corporate Awards is also on this teams plate. 

The team members are:

  • Ozan Acar is the head of Sectors and Entrepreneurship Department of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. He coordinates the activities of 59 industry councils that have more than 2500 members comprising the most prominent private companies in Turkey and aim to contribute to sectoral policy making processes in the country.
  • Emma Fau is the founder of EUcapital with over 20 years of professional experience in Brussels, including 12 years experience in carrying out political advocacy work on behalf of the private equity and venture capital industry before the EU Institutions and other international organizations.
  • Dave Hanley is the Programme Director at Dell EMC @ Entrepreneurial Spark, Dell Technologies from United Kingdom.
  • John Lusk from the Kauffman Foundation is a serial entrepreneur with deep B2B and B2C experience in both entrepreneurial and large corporate environments. He has founded three companies, worked at numerous startups, spent time at both Microsoft and Ernst & Young and has run his own strategic consulting firm since 2009.


Team Leader: Konrad Fernandez Krzeminska, Startup-Up Chile, Chile

Konrad’s team is seeking to validate a policy solution that creates incentives to connect international investors to local companies and modern legal framework to facilitate quick foreign VC investment and creating new or better tools to make easier foreign investors to understand the market, in terms of size, trends and the value that can be captured from pains of the region. They have to tackle challenges like coordination between the different agencies, political awareness in order to invest in solving the market failures and validate the concept of the solutions we described before in terms of the legal point of view and the users of this products.

The team members are:

  • Konrad Fernández Krzeminska is the Operations Director at Start-Up Chile. As an Industrial Engineer he is an Expert in operational processes of early stage startup programs, overseeing the selection, accountability, and evaluation of more than 800 startups for the last 3 years.
  • Tadashi Takaoka is the Head of Early Investment of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), a public-sector organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and growth in Chile, using tools and instruments compatible with the central framework of a social market economy, creating the conditions necessary to build a society of opportunity.
  • Paulo Andrez is the President Emeritus of the European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN). He have been working with a number of European governments in the field of Early Stage Investment policies and Business Angels Co-Investment Funds design. He is also a member of the European Commission Advisory Group “Innovation in SMEs” and chairs the European Commission Expert Group for support of Slovak and Romanian government in designing and implementing innovative entrepreneurship policies including: university spin offs, incubation, acceleration, business angels and venture capital policies.


Team Leader: Itzel Villa, National Institute of Entrepreneurs, Mexico

Itzel’s team is focused on Mexico’s new fintech law – currently under consideration in Congress – calls for a regulatory sandbox to be set up so as to more effectively lead with disruption. Itzel will lead a team of fintech entrepreneurs and stakeholders on how to best structure this government-startup dialogue. 

  • Itzel Villa is currently the General Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing at the National Institute of Entrepreneur of the Ministry of Economy, parallel she is involved in initiatives with the entrepreneurial ecosystem at national and international level.           
  • Elisabeth Lambrecht is a Policy Analyst of the OECD Initiative for Global Value Chains, Production Transformation and Development. She coordinates stakeholder engagement with countries, businesses and academic institutes and conduct policy relevant research on countries' industrial transformation strategies and innovation policies including start-up promotion and financing.
  • Samson Williams is the Chief Strategy Officer of the CoFunder Ireland, an entrepreneur experienced in strategy, lesdership, accountability, finance, fintech, equity crowdfunding and more.
  • Alberto Saracho is Founding Partner at Fundación IDEA, Mexico. He holds a Master degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, specialized in Economic Development. He adviced policy makers at local, national and international level in order to creat more efficient framework for entrepreneurs.

For more information about the SNS Policy Hack, please visit the FAQs. The SNS Policy Hack is hosted by the Estonian Presidency of the EU and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and powered by Dell.