SUPPORT | December 18, 2015

Running the Startup Nations Numbers

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Every November, groups all over the world get together to celebrate innovators, problem solvers and startups during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

The Kauffman Foundation is deeply involved in forwarding the mission of GEW and its members. This year, several of us joined Startup Nations for their annual summit in Monterrey, Mexico.

Startup Nations is a network of entrepreneurship programs interested in identifying policy levers that can promote high impact entrepreneurship and innovation. At the summit, my colleague Amisha Miller and I announced the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP)—a new initiative focused on assisting Startup Nations members on their involvement in policy work. Now with more than 50 executive committee, general, and national members, Startup Nations has a large and diverse constituency. To dig into this diversity and better direct our recommendations with the SNAP initiative, we surveyed the newest members to better understand their composition.

This map labels the 30 members who participated in our survey. Click the image to learn more about each group.


Audience served

The most common audience served was the tech community. Multiple audiences could be selected, but 70 percent of respondents marked that they serve tech entrepreneurs. Following closely was creative entrepreneurs with 50 percent of respondents. We also now know that these audiences are not dependent on budget size, funding agency or geographic location.



We learned that almost everyone works in policy—either as their main focus or as occasional engagement. Of the group that works in policy, that work is most commonly in advising policymakers or lobbying on particular policies.



The budget size of the groups surveyed varied significantly and was distributed relatively evenly. The larger budgets (more than $250,000) were typically government funded entrepreneurship programs. Corporate or business funding is the most common funding type, and programs who are funded by entrepreneurs themselves have a lower budget of $50,000 – $99,000.


This information, from only a few questions, tells us a lot about how we could help structure the Startup Nations community. Groups could be organized geographically, by audience type, by policy engagement or by budget size. Groups in each of these categories face different challenges. It’s important that we make use of the stories of failure and success by entrepreneurs and the groups that represent them, to better understand how we’ll impact entrepreneurship in all of our communities around the world.

Alex Krause is a research assistant in Research and Policy for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, working on the Kauffman Emerging Scholars… About the author