The Global Entrepreneurship Network will recognize individuals at the Startup Nations Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, for their leadership in implementing innovative public policies and programs to help entrepreneurs start and scale new businesses in their countries and around the world. Previous winners have been recognized from around the world, and nominations are now open to honor a startup policy champion this November.

Historically, the dynamics of traditional government and the innovative entrepreneurial sector could not look more different. The public sector has long been known as rigid in its approach while innovative entrepreneurs have disrupted every process and product along their path. Despite their differences these two groups have come together and are collaborating more than ever – even shaping innovative public-sector-driven programs and policies.

The efforts of those that are behind entrepreneur-centric policymaking have an outsized impact on the economy – enabling startups to scale, create new jobs and push the entrepreneurship frontier forward.  To celebrate their achievements, Startup Nations recognizes innovative policy shapers and policy approaches from around the world through the Startup Nations Awards.

Finalists and winners will be invited to the Startup Nations Summit Awards Reception on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, in Tallinn, Estonia to share their experiences and accept their awards. Nominations will close August 31.

 

STARTUP NATIONS AWARD FOR NATIONAL POLICY LEADERSHIP 

This award recognizes national public sector leadership in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership recognizes individuals responsible for broad and large-scale efforts that have had a positive impact on a national ecosystem – either its own or in other countries. For example, Startup Chile inspired the use of immigration policies to advance new and young firm formation across the world, with more than a dozen of countries now working through specially designed visa programs that attract entrepreneurial talent.

The Selection Committee will rate nominations on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the identification of the bottleneck(s) affecting the national ecosystem
  • Level of innovativeness of the specific policy lever(s), program idea(s) or policymaking approach
  • Level of personal commitment to shifting national government thinking on entrepreneurship policy
  • Availability of metrics or evidence to show the impact of the policymaker’s efforts

Previous winners of the SN Award for National Policy Leadership are:

  • 2015: Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning, South Korea (read the announcement, here).
  • 2016: Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand  (read the announcement, here).

 

STARTUP NATIONS AWARD FOR LOCAL POLICY LEADERSHIP 

This award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership recognizes the efforts of individuals responsible for imaginative and impactful efforts at a community, city or regional level that display real promise for scale. For example, Buenos Aires city officials were recognized by the Brookings Institution for “reforming education from the bottom up” in Argentina, elevating the idea of including entrepreneurship education in the high school curriculum in national and international debates.

The Selection Committee will rate nominations on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the identification of the bottleneck(s) affecting the local ecosystem
  • Level of innovativeness of the specific policy lever(s) or program idea(s)
  • Level of personal commitment to shifting local government thinking on entrepreneurship
  • Extent to which the local effort helped set the example for national level action
  • Availability of metrics or evidence to show the impact of the policymaker’s efforts

Previous winners of the SN Award for Local Policy Leadership are:

  • 2015:  Mayor Bart De Wever of Antwerp, Belgium (read the announcement here).
  • 2016:  María José Vengoechea, Executive President, Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce, Colombia (read the announcement here).

 

STARTUP NATIONS AWARD FOR GROUNDBREAKING POLICY THINKING 

This award recognizes instrumental analysis, innovative policy approaches or groundbreaking program concepts that significantly expand the frontier of entrepreneurship policy thinking around the world.

The Startup Nations Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking recognizes efforts that establish the intellectual direction of work in the field that lead to smart, evidence-based policymaking. For example, research commissioned by the Kauffman Foundation that established the importance of firm age rather than firm size (i.e. startups vs. small businesses) marked a paradigm shift in entrepreneurship policymaking at the end of the last decade.

 The Selection Committee will rate nominations on the following criteria:

  • Level of contribution to unveiling new angles, perspectives or policy areas brought to the entrepreneurship discussion table
  • Extent to which the nominee helped shift public discourse on startups and scale ups in the public sector
  • Extent to which the nominee’s effort was based on solid research
  • Extent to which it is possible to adopt recommendations in a variety of entrepreneurship ecosystems

Past winners of the SN Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking are:

  • 2015: Neelie Kroes, Special Envoy for Startups, The Netherlands (read the announcement here).
  • 2016: Hugo Kantis, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Program (PRODEM), Argentina (read the announcement here).

 

The Startup Nations Award for National Policy Leadership recognizes individuals responsible for broad and large-scale efforts that have had a positive impact on a national ecosystem – either its own or in other countries. For example, Startup Chile inspired the use of immigration policies to advance new and young firm formation across the world, with more than a dozen of countries now working through specially designed visa programs that attract entrepreneurial talent.