Startup Nations Atlas of Policies

The Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP) is the first-ever global compendium of public sector policies and programs. An initiative of Startup Nations, a collection of startup savvy policymakers representing more than 60 countries, SNAP will help communities, cities and countries around the world capitalize on existing knowledge and current policy experimentation – creating policy environments that empower entrepreneurs, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth.

SNAP builds a useful resource for policymakers, policy advisors, opinion leaders and ecosystem builders who wish to learn about previously implemented policy models, articulated entrepreneurship strategies and/or designs of public-sector-supported programs.


SNAP data collection

The Startup Nations leadership team has developed a SNAP entry form in collaboration with the senior leadership from Global Entrepreneurship Research Network and the World Bank’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit.

Beyond policy models, SNAP seeks to collect metrics and evidence on the impact of each policy instrument represented in the compendium.

SNAP data contributors include policy experts, government officials, public sector program leaders, and members of the Startup Nations policy network. We invite you to share your policy knowledge and experience.


SNAP platform                                                                                    

The Global Entrepreneurship Network has launched an online portal for SNAP that will allow people to easily search and filter information on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Lifecycle (e.g startups, scale-ups, SMEs, large companies)
  • Type of support (non-financial or financial)
  • Level of intervention (entrepreneur, firm or environment)
  • Policy areas impacted (e.g. access to capital, fiscal policy, immigration, skills development)

This dynamic database will make SNAP more useful to researchers and policymakers keen to more effectively help entrepreneurs. For example, a simple query would yield a list of crowdfunding policies implemented in a specific group of countries. The SNAP platform will also allow contributors to periodically update their entries as more evidence becomes available.


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Contributing to SNAP

How can you add a policy instrument on SNAP?   

There are a few easy steps

  1. Create a GEN account at
  2. Confirm your account via the email you will receive
  3. Go to and click the Request to become a SNAP Contributor button
  4. The SNAP coordinator will approve your request and inform you of your new status
  5. You can then go to
  6. Click on the +Add Resource button
  7. Complete the form and click Save 
  8. You can log back in to SNAP and update your entry anytime