Estonia hosts the Startup Nations Summit 2017


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Estonia is hosting the Startup Nations Summit 2017, a startup-focussed gathering that explores how digital disruption is changing the world.

The event, organised annually by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and hosted in Tallinn by the Estonian ministry of economic affairs and Startup Estonia, brings together policymakers and entrepreneurs, such as Taavet Hinrikus from TransferWise, for example.

Startup ecosystem leaders and policymakers from over 60 countries are gathering in Tallinn to explore how digital disruption is changing the world and how startups can best scale internationally.

“The Estonian startup community is delighted to be hosting the startup ecosystem key players from around the world in Estonia,” Startup Estonia said in a statement. “We hope to show how truly global a small country such as Estonia can be in its mindset and how exciting and impressive startups are grown here.”

Along with discussions and talks, the summit will host the policymakers hackathon, Policy Hack. Nine teams from eight governments around the world will participate in the hackathon – each with an idea to create a new innovative policy, which will then be developed further in collaboration with startup companies.

Apart from the Estonian institutions, the event is supported by the European Commission, EIT Digital, Dell and the Kauffman Foundation.

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Cover: The Startup Nations Summit 2017 will take place at Tallinn’s Kultuurikatel.

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