Through the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP), the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is creating the first compendium of public sector policies and programs from around the world, and aims to provide evidence-based, proven policy best practices for countries to help entrepreneurs start and scale.

SNAP will be formally launched at the Startup Nations Summit in Cork, Ireland, at the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this November. SNAP is an initiative of Startup Nations, a network of startup savvy policymakers representing more than 60 countries, and the program helps communities, cities and countries around the world capitalize on existing knowledge and current policy experimentation.

To date, there are more than 30 submissions of policies and programs to SNAP – ranging from a startup visa programs to encourage foreign-founded startups to start or scale their business in-country, to creating policy that provides and clarity and incentives to launch a startup.

For example, Global Entrepreneurship Network partners in Italy have leaders in championing startup policy and working to share best practices and collaborate with other nations around the world.

In 2014, Italy introduced a new, simplified path to obtain a self-employment visa for non-European Union entrepreneurs who plan to set up an “innovative startup” in Italy, through the Italia Startup Visa program.

The Italia Startup Visa program cuts what was usually a lengthy application process for potential startup entrepreneurs to set up their venture in Italy – to help drive economic growth and encourage foreign investment in the country.

The Italian Startup Act is a comprehensive legislative package that has drastically changed the “normative environment in which Italian innovative enterprises operate,” and was introduced in 2012. The Italian Startup Act helped define and shape the startup environment in the country – providing a package of benefits to support startups from incorporation through expansion and exit, as well as a key definition of “startup” that is flexible and age-independent.

Mattia Corbetta, a member of the Directorate General for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Small and Medium Enterprises at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, is a startup champion who helped to spearhead these two SNAP submissions.

Corbetta was nominated last year for the 2015 Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership, recognizing his national public sector leadership in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The Italian Startup Act and the Italia Startup Visa program are two key examples of SNAP submissions to continue crowing this collection of best programs – creating policy environments that empower entrepreneurs, strengthen economies and encourage innovation. SNAP also seeks to collect data and evidence on the impact of each policy program within the collection.