Startup Nations Atlas of Policies

The Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP) is a compendium of public sector policies and programs. SNAP will serve as a tool for policymakers, advisors and opinion leaders to learn about previously implemented policy models, articulated entrepreneurship strategies, and/or designs of public-sector-supported programs.
New Zealand

The Global Impact Visa is designed to attract those with the drive and capability to launch global ventures from New Zealand who may not be able to qualify for other visa categories. They will have the combination of drive, risk appetite and global connections which enables them to launch or significantly contribute to successful innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.


The EXIST programme comprises three schemes:

EXIST Culture of Entrepreneurship supports universities in formulating and implementing a comprehensive and sustained university-wide strategy for increasing entrepreneurial culture and spirit. A bustling culture of entrepreneurship at the university is not only characterised by entrepreneurial and realistic range of courses and consulting services or a detailed entrepreneurial research.

EXIST Business Start-up Grant supports students, graduates and scientists from universities and research institutes who want to turn their business idea into a business plan. The start-up projects should be innovative technology or knowledge based projects with significant unique features and good commercial prospects of success.

EXIST Transfer of Research funds both the resource development necessary to prove the technical feasibility of start-up ideas based on research and the preparation necessary to launch a business. EXIST Transfer of Research supports outstanding research oriented projects that involve expensive and high-risk resource development.



Move from a successful European start-up policy to an equally successful scale-up policy.

United States

Oregon’s rural entrepreneurship initiative aims at building local capacity to support entrepreneurship in rural communities around Oregon. The long terms goal is to use technology to create a connected statewide ecosystem of support services where rural entrepreneurs can access the same high quality tools as urban entrepreneurs, no matter where they live or who they are.


Provides a tax incentive (income tax reduction and capital gains tax exemption) for early stage investors in startups.


Allows innovative early stage entrepreneurs from all over the world to access equity free funding through three programs of investment: The S Factory, Seed and Scale. Each program gives funding (15K, 30K and 90K USD respectively), access to international mentors, investors and corporations in order to help them boost their businesses. Alongside an enriching experience within a community represented by more than 70 countries.


Introduces a new, simplified path to obtain a self-employment visa, for non-EU entrepreneurs who plan to set up an “innovative startup” entreprise in Italy (as defined by Decree-law n.179/2012, art. 25.2).

The Italia Startup Visa programme allows potential startup entrepreneurs to get the authorisation to collect a self-employment visa – usually a lengthy procedure that must take place in Italy at the Chambers of Commerce, thus requiring at least previous contacts in the country, knowledge of the Italian legal system, and it is subject to regional variation and discretionary evaluation from the Chambers themselves – through an online, fast-track channel (the applicant gets a final reply in less than 30 days), and with no application costs. The requirements are a business plan proposal that fits the requirements that qualify “innovative startups” according to the Italian law (Italian Startup Act, summed up here: executive summary), and financial resources, which is to be invested in the future innovative startup, amounting to no less than 50,000 euros.

New Zealand

This three month accelerator programme enabled a wide group of government agencies to form entrepreneurial teams with private sector entrepreneurs, designers, and developers to reduce the cost of interacting with government. In the 2016 programme, specific problems addressed included “reduce the rate of early stage business failure”, “reduce compliance costs for employers”, “increase immigration of highly skilled IT practitioners lacking formal qualifications”, “reduce the time and effort required for Chinese visitors to obtain visitor visas”.  Just as importantly however, the programme trained government employees in contemporary startup methodologies and greatly increased collaboration between government agencies, as well as with the private sector.