As entrepreneurs find innovative new ways to solve some of the world’s most challenging issues, policy shapers and experts are looking for smarter ways governments can enable the founders of new firms to start and scale more quickly.

At the Startup Nations Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, this November, policy shapers and experts from more than 60 countries will have the opportunity to take their solutions from idea to proof of concept. The Startup Nations Summit Policy Hack is a collaborative way of developing policies and bringing together teams of startup representatives.

Prior to the in-person policy hack, participants will receive detailed knowledge about how the hack works and learn about innovative ways for regulatory dialogue, particularly about "regulatory sandboxes." From there, they will receive high-level feedback from hacking mentors through online discussions.

At the in-person seminar prior to the Summit, participants will meet other delegates and their own extended team for the hack. Participants will form teams around different challenges and refine policy solutions with the help of experienced hacking mentors, before pitching their policy solutions to a panel of expert judges.

Each team will leave the SNS and the policy hack with a solid, valid policy lever, ready to make a difference in their home country. The mentor support will continue for six months after the hack in Tallinn, for solution implementation and support.

The SNS Policy Hack is intended to help those who are ready to move from a relatively well-defined policy idea to an early implementation or tested policy stage.

If you are interested in participating in the SNS Policy Hack, you may apply by clicking here. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Mikk Vainik at