About the Startup Nations Summit

Startup Nations Summit


The Startup Nations Summit (SNS) is the annual meeting of the Startup Nations policy network.  It is a by-invite-only event. 



SNS launched in 2012 in Toronto, Canada, and has since been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013); Seoul, South Korea (2014); Monterrey, Mexico (2015); Cork, Ireland (2016); Tallinn, Estonia (2017); and Surabaya, Indonesia (2018). Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will host the next Startup Nations Summit in March 2022.

Startup Nations is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). GEN typically co-hosts the Startup Nations Summit each year in late November as the official global conclusion to Global Entrepreneurship Week



As the annual gathering of GEN's policy network, discussions at SNS focus on exploring necessary regulatory changes and other innovative policy ideas to help accelerate new and young firm formation in their economies.

SNS delegates are in charge of designing and implementing policy levers at home, which aim at unleashing entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as drafting and enforcing regulations that affect new and young businesses. Delegates are largely from public sector institutions, but also includes selected external policy advisors. The SNS program is designed to actively engage delegates in an open exchange of ideas and insightful research and data to guide smarter policymaking, via hands-on workshops and interactive discussions, such as a signature Policy Hack



At SNS, Startup Nations members and guest shares ideas about what is working and what is not in their respective regulatory environments; listen to entrepreneurs who have faced policy challanges and connect to available research via delegates from the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN). In essence, SNS offers policy advisors an international forum in which to listen to and learn from their peers grappling with similar policy challenges. During the summit, delegates are able to exchange information with policy leaders about cutting-edge government programs and regulatory practices aimed at increasing new firm formation and gain insight about the ways in which other national governments support entrepreneurs.