Startup Nations Summit

The Startup Nations Summit (SNS) gathers a network of policymakers from around the world to help better enable high impact entrepreneurship, especially through the identification of policy levers and smart public sector driven programs.

At this annual Summit, Startup Nations members share ideas about what is working and what is not in their respective environments; connect to research through, for example, the Kauffman Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN); and, enable informal knowledge sharing among economies focused on leveraging entrepreneurs and their startups in order to create jobs, build economies and expand human welfare.

The SNS is co-hosted each year by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and a public or private sector organization that brings the event to their country.

The SNS is held in late November starting over the weekend culminating the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebration.


Hosting a future SNS

To submit a bid to host SNS in your country, please request the Request for Proposals package from
Photo Credit: Flickr

SNS 2012-2018


SNS 2012
Toronto, Canada
-- cohosted by GEN and Startup Canada

SNS 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
-- cohosted by GEN and Startup Malaysia

SNS 2014
Seoul, Korea
-- cohosted by GEN, Startup Korea, and Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs

SNS 2015
Monterrey, Mexico
-- cohosted by GEN and INADEM


SNS 2016
Cork, Ireland
-- cohosted by GEN, Startup Ireland, Cork Innovates

SNS 2017
Tallinn, Estonia
-- cohosted by GEN, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and the European Commission

SNS 2018
Surabaya, Indonesia  
-- cohosted by GEN and the City of Surabaya





Photo credit: Stefan Fisher, Tallinn, Estonia; Flickr, Surabaya, Indonesia