Startup Nations is a global community of public sector officials and policy advisors focused on unearthing the most effective ways that local and national governments can empower entrepreneurs in their economies and increase rates of new firm formation. Guided by a steering committee of cabinet-level government leaders from across all continents, Startup Nations members test and share local experiences in implementing programs, enacting regulatory changes and using other policy levers to unleash growth entrepreneurship.

Startup Nations offers its members an annual summit in November – the Startup Nations Summit; a policy tracking platform – the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP); regular opportunities to share narratives and collaborate through dialogues – the Startup Nations Policy Dialogues; tools for hacking innovation policies with their peers – the Startup Nations Policy Hack; and a cabinet-level government Ministerial every April – the Startup Nations Ministerial.

Government representatives view Startup Nations as a platform for sharing ideas about what works for government – and what does not - based on trusted relationships with peers and the connection to GEN’s research projects, data and network.


Principles of Startup Nations

Startup Nations is at its core an organic and nimble network that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration. To ensure value of membership, certain principles shared by the founding members serve as the core of the network’s activities.

  • Smarter policymaking: At its core, Startup Nations is a network of startup-savvy policymakers seeking better evidence and tools for smarter policymaking and programming to support and strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems.
  • Knowledge- and experience-sharing among members: Startup Nations members tap into each other’s knowledge about experimental results and make models available for replication by other locations represented in the Startup Nations network. Members make the basic commitment to share what they have learned about interventions (policy, programmatic, evaluation methods, or otherwise) that support their entrepreneurship communities.
  • Fostering evidence-based impact evaluation: Startup Nations members believe they will be more effective when informed and armed by efforts such as the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), not to mention the wide array of other Kauffman Foundation, World Bank, and OECD research and programming.

Startup Nations membership thus entails a commitment to assess whether programs in various startup ecosystems are performing or not, and a commitment to openness and candid experience sharing about program successes and failures.

Startup Nations is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a year-round platform of programs and initiatives engaging more than 160 countries while creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem.


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