About GEN Atlas

GEN Atlas

The Global Entrepreneurship Network launched GEN Atlas, originally the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies, in November 2016 to help communities, cities and countries around the world capitalize on existing knowledge and current policy experimentation – creating policy environments that empower entrepreneurs, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth.

The compendium is a useful resource for policymakers, policy advisors, opinion leaders and ecosystem builders who wish to learn about previously implemented policy models, articulated entrepreneurship strategies and/or designs of public-sector-supported programs. The GEN Atlas dynamic database is also useful to researchers -- allowing them to easily search and filter information on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Lifecycle (e.g startups, scale-ups, SMEs, large companies)
  • Type of support (non-financial or financial)
  • Level of intervention (entrepreneur, firm or environment)
  • Policy areas impacted (e.g. access to capital, fiscal policy, immigration, skills development)

For example, a simple query would yield a list of crowdfunding policies implemented in a specific group of countries.


Data + Knowledge Partners

The Startup Nations leadership team developed the SNAP entry form in collaboration with the senior leadership from Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) and the World Bank’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship team which led the High-Growth Entrepreneurship flagship report, released at the 2018 Startup Nations Summit based partially on SNAP data.

SNAP data contributors include policy experts, government officials, public sector program leaders, and members of the Startup Nations policy network. SNAP users are able to contact contributors directly through the GEN platform for additional information.

Beyond policy models, SNAP seeks to collect metrics and evidence on the impact of each policy instrument represented in the compendium. This is why the SNAP platform allows for periodic updates of entries by their contributors, as more evidence becomes available.


Contributing to Atlas

We invite you to share your policy knowledge and experience.

There are a few easy steps to add a policy instrument on SNAP:

  1. If you don't have one already, create a GEN account at genglobal.org/user/register. Confirm your account via the email you will receive.
  2. Once logged into your GEN account, go to genglobal.org/snap and click the "Request to become a SNAP Contributor" button. The SNAP coordinator will approve your request and inform you of your new status within 24 hours.
  3. You can then go to genglobal.org/snap, and click on the "+Add Resource" button.
  4. Complete the form and click "Save".
  5. You can log back in to SNAP and update your entry anytime.