GEW Guide for Policymakers



Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of activities, competitions and events aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company.

This November 16 - 22, GEW 2020 will rally almost every nation in the world to empower their entrepreneurs and encourage their citizens to become starters – finding new and better ways of doing things. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact, GEW 2020 is a call to action for all societies to be resilient and come together in leveraging the power of new ideas and innovation for the benefit of all.

Diversity is a driver of innovation and even in the best of times, economies suffer if a group of people are underrepresented or face structural barriers. Global Entrepreneurship Week reaches beyond high-tech startup hubs like Silicon Valley, London and Shanghai – envisioning one entrepreneurial ecosystem open to all, including smaller cities in emerging economies and under-represented communities.

GEW inspires roughly 10 million participants each year to explore their potential while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems to empower entrepreneurs and strengthen communities.

Partners are encouraged to plan activities tailored to their needs. Activities during the Week can range from small, local gatherings to massive international competitions – or anything in between. Meanwhile, a collection of signature activities provide partners with a ready-made offering and a set of instructions to plan a local (or virtual) activity like a Startup Huddle event, Speednetwork the Globe session or even a Startup Nations Policy Hack for your community.

While Global Entrepreneurship Week only takes place one week each year, the connections made are long-lasting. GEW serves as an opportunity to collaborate and engage with organizations and individuals to celebrate and spotlight entrepreneurs, expose people to the path of entrepreneurship, help them get started and facilitate access to capital and the resources they need to succeed.

There are four themes for GEW 2020: Ecosystems, Education, Inclusion and Policy.



GEW 2020 + Policy

Startup ecosystems are led by their entrepreneurs but government plays an important role in helping them flourish – removing barriers, resetting the regulatory environment and emphasizing connections and catalytic events.

A new generation of public sector officials and startup-savvy advisors are hacking policy solutions to help local entrepreneurs start and scale. Global Entrepreneurship Week coordinators highlight the work of policymakers across the country and around the world who are developing new policy tools to empower their local entrepreneurs.

In 2020, GEW will also help celebrate entrepreneurs as key allies in addressing the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has never been a more important moment for governments to highlight the crucial role played by entrepreneurs in creating jobs and strengthening their communities.


Get Involved

Entrepreneurs create value for their communities by doing at least three things – they advance innovation, they create jobs and they build wealth. In many economies, data has shown that new businesses created by entrepreneurs are the primary source of almost all net new jobs.

By encouraging the development of entrepreneurs in your community, you are encouraging more innovation, more jobs and a stronger economy.

The information below outlines some ideas for local organizers and policymakers interested in leveraging GEW in an effort to see startup communities and policymakers help each other in their shared mission to build back our economies.



Signature Activities

Check out these GEW signature activity guides to help you plan an activity in your community during GEW. 

Conditions for Dynamic Entrepreneurship

The Index of Dynamic Entrepreneurship (IDE), a peer-review study of systemic conditions for entrepreneurship in 65 countries, proposes a framework for assessing conditions for entrepreneurship to flourish and for planning policy interventions across 10 different dimensions: Business Structure, Culture, Demand Conditions, Education, Entrepreneurial Human Capital, Financing, Policies and Regulations, Social Capital, Social Conditions, and STI (Science, Technology, Innovation) Platforms.

We encourage you to publicly announce during GEW your commitment to improve one or more dimensions to bolster conditions for entrepreneurs. We can help you with the public announcement in coordination with your office.

> Check out the 2019 IDE reports here. You may request an embargoed copy of the 2020 report via

Startup Nations Policy Hack

Want to dig deeper into the how? Government policies are more likely to succeed once implemented if their design reflects input from key actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEW provides a chance for you to convene policy experts and community leaders to collaborate on policy solutions to specific challenges facing entrepreneurs in your community. This Signature Activity is designed to develop specific ideas from across the entrepreneurial spectrum. The Startup Nations Policy Hack guide provides simple step-by-step instructions to get key stakeholders at the table in front a policy canvas – face-to-face or virtually.

> Download the Startup Nations Policy Hack Guide

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue

You can be part of the global series of official Startup Nations Policy Dialogues. Make yourself available to entrepreneurs to discuss resources your government is making available to  for those starting and growing a business. The Policy Dialogue guide provides simple step-by-step instructions to hold your own discussion, in cooperation with other entrepreneur-support organizations actors, if you wish. We will provide you with an official “Startup Nations Policy Dialogue” event badge.

> Download the Startup Nations Policy Dialogue



Ideas Bank

Looking for some other ideas on how you can rally support for your local startups and small businesses during GEW?

Issue a Proclamation for GEW

Issue a local or state proclamation declaring November 16-22 “Global Entrepreneurship Week in [ Your Community]”. This is a simple way to demonstrate that that entrepreneurship and innovation are a priority.

Put Your Policy Efforts in the Global Spotlight

Is your office stimulating new firm formation through an innovative policy or program? Add it to the GEN Atlas at To document your policy efforts on the Atlas, please contact to setup a contributor profile.

During GEW, we will highlight policies featured on the Atlas. Beyond the exposure, the Atlas allows you to document your government’s efforts, on a compendium that transcends government changes.

Engage Your Local Media

Submit an op-ed detailing the role of entrepreneurship in your community, broadcast your policy ideas on a local radio station, or make an appearance on a local television station to talk about how support for startups and small businesses are critical for economic recovery and growth. A few tips for public remarks:

  • Relevant data points are available in the Index of Dynamic Entrepreneurship (IDE) and the Global Startup Ecosystem Reports (GSER), as well as from local reports such America's New Business Plan.
  • Entrepreneurs are at the frontlines in the battle to preserve and restore the economy, and that the recovery will be faster and more robust if we work toward enabling more new businesses.
  • Spotlight local entrepreneurs courageously starting a business. Highlight aspects of their entrepreneurial journey that affirm their contributions to the economy and the need to support them.

Speak at Local GEW Activities or Events

Connect with your GEW Country Host Organization to find out about activities and events planned for your area. GEW partners are frequently looking for VIP speakers. You can search for activities in your area on the GEW website, and contact to express your interest in connecting to the relevant GEW Host.

Join the #GEW2020 Dialogue

Engage with your community as well as others around the world on social media. Create social media posts and video messages to show your support for your local startups and small businesses on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or others. Be sure to use and follow the official hashtag #GEW2020 - or create your own custom hashtag to connect and focus on your community.

Find more event ideas in the Ideas Bank.



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