Startup Nations (SN) is all about identifying policy levers that can unleash high impact entrepreneurship and innovation. The Startup Nations network is made up of policymakers and leaders of public-sector programs focused on exploring different regulatory changes and other policy ideas to help accelerate the growth of new and young firms in their economies.

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 (GEN), a year-round platform of programs and initiatives engaging more than 160 countries while creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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