2017 Policy Hack Team Leaders Announced

jhThe Startup Nations Summit organizers have announced the selection of ten individuals to lead a team of delegates during the SNS Policy Hack. Team leaders were selected from a pool of nominations outlining real-world challenges, a preliminary idea of how to address them and a commitment to seek to test the hacked solution in their respective ecosystems. 

A policy hack is a collaborative way of developing a policy lever. Each policy hack team will consist of a team leader, peer policymakers and entrepreneurs. Team leaders will be supported by mentors to flesh out the design and implementation of their proposed solution.

Delegates to SNS Tallinn, taking place November 20-22 as  the official closing of Global Entrepreneurship Week, may request to be matched with one of the following team leaders by reaching out to sarolta@genglobal.org. Please state your experience in dealing with similar policy issues as your chosen team leader.

Meet the Team Leaders:

Rasha ElTantawy
Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Rasha will address the challenges of international expansion for agribusiness startups. She will seek to validate a policy tool to provide soft landing resources in foreign markets, via open dialogue between the cities and bilateral agreements that build on existing trade agreements and history of cooperation.

Itzel Villa
National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM)

Mexico’s new fintech law – currently under consideration in Congress – calls for a regulatory sandbox to be set up so as to more effectively lead with disruption. Itzel will lead a team of fintech entrepreneurs and stakeholders on how to best structure this government-startup dialogue. 

Sigrid Rajalo
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications 

The aim is to create a platform for pre-procurement dialogue between procurers and companies. This platform must make dialogue between public sector procurers and companies more transparent, easier, and more effective. The aim is that the procurers that use the new platform are more likely to procure the right thing. The platform can additionally be used by enterprises and well-informed people, who may not offer the solution themselves, but offer their network of knowledge and people to connect the procurers with the right partners from the market. During SNS Policy Hack, some key assumptions and features of such a platform will be discussed.

Lieke Vollenbroek and Pieter Waasdorp
City of The Hague and Ministry of Economic Affairs, respectively
The Netherlands

Lieke and Pieter will join forces to create a startup label, which would be beneficial in both monitoring startup policy, as well as removing legal barriers for growth for startups. Creating a startup label would not just enable targeted incentives or regulatory exemptions to address bottlenecks for young companies, but also create valuable data for government.  Because such label would open opportunities to benefits for firms for a period of time, it is important to clearly define the group that can register as a startup and avoid disincentives for scaling.

Lenard Koschwitz  
Allied for Startups
European Union

As Director for Public Policy, Lenard aims to make data protection rules fit startups’ needs. He will therefore "hack" at SNS a framework for initiating a sandbox between national data protection regulators and startup associations for deeper understanding of data processing in the case of innovative small businesses. This sandbox would focus on ex-ante elements (wherever a startup needs to get approval before a product can be launched) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the single reference to businesses active in the EU. 

Marten Kaevats
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications

Countries around the world now face the challenge of understanding the rise of Artifical Intelligence, which is increasingly affecting the daily lives of their populations. We need to legalize AI. In Estonia, a taskforce was formed, which has suggested four different options regarding how to regulate AI in a user-friendly way. During SNS Policy Hack, those options will be discussed and the pros and cons of each approach mapped against what the entrepreneurial ecosystem expects.

Konrad Fernández Krzeminska
Start-Up Chile

Startups attracted by startup visas sometimes come, test the market, stay while there is funding money, get clients, gain global momentum, but end up eventually going back to ecosystems where growth funding is more easily available. Meanwhile private sector funding is available but not invested in startups.  Konrad will seek to validate a policy solution that creates incentives and a modern legal framework to connect international investors to local companies.

Ezrra Orozco
Ministry of the Economy

Vice Minister Orozco proposes achieving new digital instruments that facilitate investment in entrepreneurship and small enterprises. In so doing, he hopes to respond to the problem of entrepreneurs’ difficulty in finding the right funding sources to start and grow their businesses.  


All interested participants are invited to attend any of the following policy hacks for a taste of what to expect at the SNS Policy Hack.

For more information about the SNS Policy Hack, please visit the FAQs.

The SNS Policy Hack is hosted by the Estonian Presidency of the EU and the Global Entrepreneurship Network and powered by Dell.