Policy Dialogues

Startup Nations members, GEN in-country affiliate leaders, and knowledge partners host year-round Startup Nations Policy Dialogues. These dialogues are designed to facilitate discussions on government-led interventions at local, national and regional levels.

Via candid conversations focused on current policy challenges, innovative policy solutions, new evidence on impact, and upcoming policy priorities, these Policy Dialogues help prepare governments for their participation at the annual Startup Nations Ministerial. They also help enhance coordination and cooperation across all levels of government - national, regional and city.

Below is a summary of the recent and upcoming Policy Dialogues

 

Policy Tools to Support Women-led Startups

Hosted by GEN Policy and the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN).

May 20, 2020 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Policy and Research, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Arif Zaman, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network
  • David Halabisky, Economist, Centre for Entrepreneurs, Regions and Cities, OECD 
  • Loren Nadres, Assistant Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Renata Henriques, National Coordinator for Women Entrepreneurship Projects, Brazilian Small Business Development Agency (SEBRAE)
  • Noreen Cesareo, Co-Chair, International Trade and Connections Work-Group, UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women and Enterprise and President, Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
  • Archana Bhatnagar, MD Haylide Chemicals, CBWN and Women Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WICCI): State President, Madhya Pradesh, India 

Description:

This session will be rich with insights on what policymakers can do to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship, building on findings from the OECD series on "Missing Entrepreneurs”.  Webinar participants together with experts and policymakers from the Global Entrepreneurship Network’s (GEN) Startup Nations community will discuss how government policies can strengthen the quality of entrepreneurship ecosystems for generating women-led start-ups and scale-ups. 

 

V Latin American Dynamic Entrepreneurship & Innovation Policy Agents Meeting ("Red de Gestores de Política de Emprendimiento Dinámico e Innovador de América Latina.")

Hosted by PRODEM, in the context of its 10th Seminar-Workshop for Ecosystem Professionals

May 17, 2020 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • Pablo Angelelli, Head of Operations, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Marcia Chaverri, Financing, Incubation & Acceleration Coordinator, PROCOMER, Costa Rica
  • Sara Goldberg, Coordinator, ​Latin American Dynamic Entrepreneurship & Innovation Policy Agents, Uruguay 
  • Gonzalo Villaran, Executive of the Knowledge Development & Management Unit, "Innovate" Agency, Peru
  • Andrea Hermoza, Innovation Specialist, Innóvate, Peru
  • Angelica Rosales, Proyect Manager, Innóvate, Perú
  • Marina Calleia, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Manager, Secretariat of Economic Development and Employment,  Municipality of Rosario, Argentina
  • Sergio Mendoza, Vice President for Scale-ups & Innovation, InnPulsa, Colombia
  • Luz America, InnPulsa, Colombia
  • Amalia Quirici, Head of Entrepreneurship, National Development Agency (ANDE), Uruguay
  • Juan Paredes Romero, Director of Development & Innovation, Vice Ministry of MSMEs, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Paraguay
  • Pablo Ignacio Peralta, Executive Director, Córdoba Innovation & Entrepreneurship Agency, Argentina
  • Simón Blengino, Executive Director, Incubacor, Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Mining, Province of Cordoba, Argentina
  • Macarena Lopez, Entrepreneurship Analyst, National Development Agency, Uruguay
  • Michelle Herrera, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Regional Center for the Promotion of Micro, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (CENPROMYPE)  
  • Cecilia Vargas Vega, Executive, Undersecretariat for Entrepreneurship Ecosystems, Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), Chile
  • Alejandro Plaza, Coordinator, "Emprendimiento, Innovación & Valparaíso" (EIVA), City of Valparaiso, Chile

Description:

Prodem, a think tank and do tank based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, coordinates this regional policy network of public officials responsible for innovation and dynamic entrepreneurship policy portfolios in cities and countries across Latin America. This annual meeting is part of the network's platform for research- and peer-based learning, with the aim of strengthening members' institutional management capacities.

 

Public Policy to Support Entrepreneurs: Approaches & Future Trends

Hosted by GEN Policy and the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) 

April 20, 2021 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • Mr. David Halabisky, Entrepreneurship Policy and Analysis Unit, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
  • Ms. Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
  • Ms. Suzuka Mohri, Assistant Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Division, Business Support Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI, Japan
  • Dr. Syahira Hamidon, Undersecretary for Policy & International Relations at the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, Malaysia
  • Mr. Jordi García, Chief Operations and Strategy Director, ENISA (National Innovation Company), Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, Spain 
  • Ms. Daina Klepone, Managing Director, Enterprise Lithuania, Lithuania
  • Mr.  Ahmad Dading Gunadi, Director for SME and Cooperative Development, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
  • Dr. Jonathan Potter, Head of Entrepreneurship Policy and Analysis Unit, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
  • Mrs. Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Policy and Research, GEN

Description:

What public policies and programs are needed to stimulate impactful entrepreneurship and harness the potential of entrepreneurship to renew our economies and make them more resilient in the future? What are the important policy instruments and how can we ensure that they are delivered successfully? What is the best practice in building entrepreneurial ecosystems, creating favorable institutions and cultures, and ensuring that entrepreneurs can access the resources they need, such as finance and networks?

This webinar presented the current state of practice, the key policy success factors and pitfalls and propose a medium-term forward scenario for entrepreneurship policies.  Policymakers from different countries provided many insights on effective entrepreneurship policy. The webinar also presented to the international audience lessons from two international tools for entrepreneurship policy makers:  

  • The GEN Atlas is an online portal offered which enables users to search for and learn about a wide range of entrepreneurship policies internationally.
  • The OECD’s International Compendium of Entrepreneurship Policies, which presents the rationale for entrepreneurship policy, a typology of different kinds of policy intervention area and 16 international policy examples.

 

Policy for High-Tech Clusters: Lessons from Cambridge, UK

Hosted by GEN Policy and the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) 

March 30, 2021 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • Mrs. Céline Kauffman, Head of Division, Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Tourism, CFE, OECD
  • Prof. Nicholas S. Vonortas, Director, Institute for International Science& Technology Policy, The George Washington University, USA
  • Dr. Jonathan Potter, Head of Entrepreneurship Policy and Analysis, CFE, OECD
  • Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Ms. Anne Bermonte, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Ontario, Canada
  • Mr. Lucien Vijverberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Netherlands
  • Mr. Justin Kreamer, Senior Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation, USA
  • Mr. Ronan Lenihan, Vice President, Enterprise Technology, IDA Ireland
  • Dr. Marta Mackiewicz, Chief Specialist, Department of Innovation, Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology, Poland
  • Mrs. Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Policy and Research, GEN

Description:

What conditions make for thriving high technology clusters?  What can government policy makers do to support them? Are there some common drivers and policy success factors around the world?

This webinar was rich with insights on what policy can do to stimulate clusters, building on findings from the just published OECD paper on "Local entrepreneurship ecosystems and emerging industries: Case study of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, United Kingdom". Cambridge in the UK is one of the world’s leading high tech clusters, which has had extraordinary recent success in generating research-based start-up and scale-up enterprises, including 20 locally-produced “unicorns”. Expert policy advisors put insights from this case study in the light of some of the largest current challenges for high tech clusters around the world, including Waterloo, Canada, and New York, USA. 

 

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue: Ways to Support Entrepreneurs during the Crisis and Driving Economic Recovery

Hosted by Daffodil International University, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 

December 11, 2020 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP,  State Minister, Information and Communication Technology Division, Bangladesh
  • Prof. Kelly Shaver, President, Entrepreneurship Mindcette LLC
  • Mrs. Cristina Fernandez, Vice President of Policy, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Dr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil Family, Bangladesh

Description:

How are the global leaders handling this crisis? What measures are policymakers taking around the globe to support the startups? What policies might be taken for economic recovery?

 

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue - Bahrain

Hosted by Tamkeen, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 

December 6, 2020 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • H.E. Aymen Tawfiq Almoayyad, Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs​, Bahrain
  • Tala Fakhro, Chief Project Officer,  Strategic Research, Market Studies & Project Implementation, Economic Development Boardh (EDB), Bahrain

Description:

This session is intended to highlight national plans towards supporting youth, in relation to skills and private sector inclusion. The world of work is changing, and some jobs are changing faster than others. According to the latest research, nations will only be as good as the skills they possess, and it is imperative to identify which skills are they, and to make sure we keep pace. Bahrain has also made great strides in incentivizing youth to pursue entrepreneurship over traditional employment, making them a force in generating employment themselves. Discussion points include:

  • The Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision for developing its young population
  • Preparing the nation for the skills of the future
  • Partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Skills Accelerator
  • Supporting and incentivizing entrepreneurship among the youth

Note: This event will be held in English.

 

Latin American Mega Hangout II 
Resilience and Rebuilding in Face of the New Context for Entrepreneurship

Hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank, PRODEM and #incubadorasLAT, in alliance with GEN

December 3, 2020 | Virtual event (pre-registration required)

Policy perspectives from:

  • Maricarmen Torres, Director of Entrepreneurs, Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), Chile
  • Hugo Kantis, Director, PRODEM, Argentina
  • Marta Cruz, Founding Partner, NXTP Ventures, Argentina
  • Michael Hennessey, Science, Technology & Innovation Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Description:

Following successful first regional ecosystem hangout in April (see below), this virtual meeting regathered Latin American policy leaders, entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders to share information and reflections on:

  • The lessons, challenges and perspectives of the region's ecosystems.
  • Entrepreneurs' responses to resist and reinvent themselves.
  • The views of 150 leaders on the future of ecosystems in the post-pandemic world.
  • The IDB's reflections on the new context.

Note: This event was held in Spanish language.

 

26th Nigerian Economic Summit

Hosted by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning

November 23-24, 2020 | Hybrid event

Policy perspectives from:

  • H.E. Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Nigeria
  • Mr. Asue Ighodalo, Chairman of the Board of the NESG

Description:

A Summit Report called 'the Green Book' will be presented to the President, Federal Executive Council, and National Economic Council for consideration and implementation. The Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) is the flagship of the NES Group’s advocacy efforts which provides government and private sector an opportunity to review the progress made in terms of economic reform effort and agree on practical ways to manage issues that may have constrained effective policy implementation.

For more information, please email: helpdesk@nesgroup.org 

 

Getting MSMEs Back to Business - High-level Panel at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit 

Hosted by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning

November 23, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy perspectives from:

  • H.E. Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State, Nigeria
  • Mr. William Ezeagwu, Director, Product Development, Nigerian Export Promotion Council
  • Ms. Cristina Fernandez, Vice President, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Ms. Saudat Salami, CEO, Easyshop Easycook, Nigeria
  • Ms. Nneka Eze, Country Director, Dalberg

Description:

The goals of the discussion were to:

  • Explore the factor and demand conditions for building a competitive MSMEs sector.
  • Identify critical policy and programme initiatives to enable MSME Resilience and Recovery post COVID-19.
  • Assess the level of preparedness of MSMEs to enter the post-COVID Africa Continental Free Trade Area, and the degree of competitiveness it brings to the regional and global product spaces.
  • Examine critical imperatives required to open MSMEs to regional and global markets especially in quality control, standards and efficiency of the ports.  
  • Assess the impact of the lack of a comprehensive national and sub-national security framework on MSMEs in Nigeria (exploring the effects on police brutality, corruption and abuse on the cost and ease of doing business, and also threats to the breakdown of law and order that creates ungovernable spaces for MSMEs to run their businesses).
  • Discuss financial interventions that can support MSMEs to get back to business.

You can follow some of the highlights of this conversation on social media via the hashtags #NES26, #BuildingPartnerships and #BuildingResilience.

 

Entrepreneurs & Innovation

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Secretariat for SMEs and Entrepreneurs (SEPYME) of Argentina's Ministry of Productive Development, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020

November 20, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy perspectives from:

  • Guillermo Merediz, Secretary of the Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurs, Ministry of Productive Development
  • Mariela Balbo, Undersecretary of Entrepreneurs, SEPYME, Ministry of Productive Development 
  • Sebastian Morandi, Director of Development and Promotion of Entrepreneur Financing, SEPYME, Ministry of Productive Development
  • Vanina Pozzi, Directorate of Entrepreneur Financing Development and Promotion, SEPYME, Ministry of Productive Development (moderator)
  • Hugo Kantis, Director, PRODEM
  • Paula Monteleone, Network Coordinator, Telefónica Argentina Open Future Hubs
  • Constanza Criado, Co-founder, HEXAR
  • Juan Pablo Molinari, Co-founder, CURSELO
  • Patricia Soria, Founder, QuienVino
  • Ignacio Venutolo, Coordinator of technology and innovation centers, Adimra
  • Pamela Valdivia, Executive Director, HUB Global Bavaria
  • Galo Soler, CONICET Researcher, Institute of Nanosystems, National University of San Martín
  • Sergio Baron, Co-founder of Dynami - Industry 4.0 Lithium Battery Manufacturing Solutions

The topics this policy dialogue explored via expert presentations and discussion among groups of stakeholders included: 

  • How to promote digital transformation via entrepreneurship
  • The iNDtech Entrepreneurs Chapter and its model for the Acceleration of Industry 4.0 projects
  • Nanotechnology to enable new sectors to emerge

 

GEW NZ Entrepreneurship Manifesto Series - Policy-making and Entrepreneur-Government Relationships

Hosted by GEN New Zealand, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020

November 20, 2020 | Virtual event

Description:

The purpose of this manifesto was to invite government agencies to broaden their engagement with the wider entrepreneurship community to work together from the ground-up on policies that will result in more, and higher-quality, entrepreneurs and new ventures.

For more information, please email: nz@genglobal.org

 

Startup Policy Seminar: Access to Capital Policy

Hosted by Engine Advocacy and Research Foundation, a member of the StartUs Up Coalition, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020. 

November 18, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy perspectives from:

  • Jennifer Weinhart, Jennifer Weinhart, Engine (moderator)
  • Imani Augustus, Legislative Director, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.)
  • Melissa Bradley, Managing Director, 1863 Ventures
  • Brittany Sickler, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration

Description:

With an expert panel, participants explored some of the challenges that startups face when accessing capital, the unique roadblocks faced by underrepresented founders, and how COVID-19 impacted the startup community. Followed by a discussion on some of the steps that startups, founders, and entrepreneurial support organizations could engage policymakers and drive solutions to these problems.

For more information, please email: nathan@engine.is

 

Initiatives to Support Businesses During Crises

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by GEN Switzerland, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 

November 17, 2020 | Virtual event

Panelists:

This Policy Dialogue featured an engaging debate on how governments have helped businesses and entrepreneurs in times of crisis, and what have been the blindspots in policy in supporting new and young businesses.

 

The Impact of Public Policies on Entrepreneurship

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 

November 17, 2020 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Policy voices included:

  • Jorge Morales Paulino, Vice-minister of SME Development, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and SMMEs,  Dominican Republic
  • Jose Checo, Director for Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and SMMEs, Dominican Republic
  • Patricia Acosta, Head of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Coordination, Ministry of Industry and Commerce,  Dominican Republic
  • Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Research and Policy, Global Entrepreneurship Network

Description:

In this Dialogue, the heads of the government institutions that influence the regulatory and policy environment for entrepreneurship met in the context of a new national government administration to explore ways to strengthen government ties in favor of the promotion of entrepreneurship in the Dominican Republic. A recap of the event is available on the Ministry webpage. 

 

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Development Policies

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the GEN Argentina, GEW Bolivia, GEW Paraguay and GEW Peru, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 

November 16, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy voices included:

  • Jorge Lawson, Managing Director, GEN Argentina (moderator)
  • Laura Jure, Minister of Employment and Family Economy Promotion, Government of Córdoba, Argentina
  • Fernanda Mena, Director of Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship, City of Tarija Municipal Government, Bolivia
  • Sebastián Garcia, Representative, National Congress, Paraguay
  • Alfonso Accinelli, Director for Innovation, Ministry of Production, Peru
  • Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Research and Policy, Global Entrepreneurship Network

Description:

Representatives from government institutions at various levels (national, regional and city) and from different government branches (executive, legislative) discussed ways in which they are seeking to bolster the resilience of entrepreneurs within their jurisdictions. 

 

Policy Lobbying for Development of the National Startup Ecosystem, North Macedonia

Hosted by Startup Macedonia, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020. 

November 16, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy perspectives from:

  • Fatmir Bytyqi, Deputy Prime Minister in charge for Economic Affairs
  • Tanja Markovska, World Bank Group Office North Macedonia
  • Nina Nikolich, Startup Macedonia Co-Founder, SwissEP Program Officer
  • Kosta Petrov, Acting Director of the Fund for Innovation and Technology

Description:

A panel discussion whose purpose is to cast a light on the importance of a well-tailored bottom-up structure and program designed for startup ecosystem development. Startup Macedonia will share the success stories of lobbying for amendment of laws and open the floor for discussion what could be the next steps that ecosystem stakeholders might be considering.

For more information, please email: startupmacedonia.platform@gmail.com.

 

Public Policy for Innovation Ecosystems in Latin America

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by GEN Colombia, GEW Colombia and GEW Ecuador, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 

November 16, 2020 | Virtual event 9:00-10.30 AM Ecuador/Colombia time

  • Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Research and Policy, Global Entrepreneurship Network (moderator)
  • Adriana Tortajada, Global Director of Entrepreneurship, Santander Universities, Spain
  • Sebastian Díaz Mesa, Ecosystem builder;  Professor, Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile
  • Edurne Quincoces, Innovation Coordinator, i3lab ESPOL - Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
  • Alejandro Olaya Dávila, National Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ANDI, Colombia

Description:

In current economic context, we need to create the right conditions need to be created to support innovation and entrepreneurship, so that sustained growth, global opportunities and competitiveness are achieved. Although Latin America presents some innovation poles, it still lags behind other regions in terms of global indicators of innovation capacity. What does it take to change the situation? Can the creation and promotion of innovation ecosystems provide the focus for progress in the region in the post-COVID landscape? The panelists discussed various ways to support innovation-driven businesses, via partnerships with the public and private sectors. 

 

Reset for Growth - What are the Policy Implications in the United Kingdom?

Hosted by GEN UK, in the context of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020. 

November 16, 2020 | Virtual event 

Policy perspectives from:

  • Lord Leigh of Hurley, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Christopher Haley, Head of New Technology & Startup Research, NESTA
  • Sam Dumitriu, Research Director at The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN)

Description:

A panel discussion on the policy implications for entrepreneurship post Covid-19.

 

European Commission's SME Assembly 

Hosted by the European Commission together with the German presidency of the European Council, in the European SME Week

November 16-17, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy perspectives from:

  • Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate
  • Thierry Breton, European Commissioner
  • Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Description:

The annual conference brings together with the EU network of SME Envoys, a governance structure of the small business act. The Assembly featured a combination of high-level panels and interviews, expert roundtables, interactive workshops, informative masterclasses, and innovative networking opportunities to help answer the difficult questions facing our community post-COVID. 

Contact: For more information, please contact: smeassembly@loweurope.eu.

 

Startup Morning with Bahrain's Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA)

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by StartUp Bahrain and Startup MGZN

June 3, 2020 | Virtual event 12:00 PM Bahrain time

Policymaker:

Description:

Mr. Al Qaed will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the digital economy, and iGA’s initiatives and vision for tackling the challenges, such as the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ App to curtail the spread of the virus. The conversation will include a discussion of opportunities for digital economy entrepreneurs, along a Q&A segment with the audience, moderated by Ehsan Al-Kooheji, General Manager at Kooheji Systems, an avid technologist and thought leader in the digital space.

Note: The event will be in the English language, and access to the recording will be given to registered participants.

To register, click here

 

FATE Foundation Policy Dialogue Series on Entrepreneurship: Mapping Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the FATE Foundation 

December 1, 2020 | Virtual event

The annual FATE Foundation Policy Dialogue series is a platform that brings together high-level stakeholders within the Nigerian entrepreneurship ecosystem to discuss key findings from its annual research projects and develop key agreements that influence our policy advocacy focus particularly around policy design, review and implementation. This year the focus of the conversations will be on “Mapping Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” and the major highlight of the program will be the launching of our 2020 research project, the FATE Foundation Digital Entrepreneurship Mapping Platform.

Information regarding registration coming soon.

 

Unleashing entrepreneurial innovation that responds to COVID-19 challenges: Cordoba's regional approach

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by Cordoba's Agency for Entrepreneurship 

July 8, 2020, 5pm Argentina time | Virtual event 

Córdoba's Innovation and Entrepreneurship, together with the Province's Ministry of Science and Technology, carried out an innovative edition of their program to promote entrepreneurial projects. The Agency and its partners across the ecosystem came together to offer key contributions during an eight-week program to accelerate the development of innovative solutions for current and future challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. To share the results of the program and engage on a dialogue about lessons emerging from this public-private approach, GEN Policy's Cristina Fernandez will engage in a conversation with:

  • Jose Maria Rodriguez, Director, Province of Cordoba's Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Argentina
  • Pablo Ignacio Peralta, Head of Entrepreneurship, Province of Cordoba's Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Argentina

Note: the event was held in Spanish.

 

Designing a New Business Plan for the Economy

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted in partnership with The Next Web (TNW) and the Financial Times at the Ecosystems Couch Conference

June 25, 2020 | Virtual event  (see recording, here)

As part of the Ecosystems Couch Conference program, Startup Nations offered a Policy Dialogue on "How to Design a New Business Plan for the Economy" with guest speaker Jason Wiens, who shared with us the process and underlying principles that led to the launch of America’s New Business Plan as a community-curated roadmap to expand access to entrepreneurship at the federal, state and local levels in the United States.

At the opening, GEN also launched with Startup Genome the 2020 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER). Policy voices in the day's program included:

  • Gerard Grech, Chief Executive, Tech Nation, UK
  • Nils Beers, CEO, Techleap, The Netherlands
  • Annette Kroeber-Riel, Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Europe, Google
  • Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for 'A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition', European Commission
  • Emma Navarro, Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Kat Borlongan, Director, La French Tech, France
  • Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Milan

The GEN network member benefitted from complimentary registration. 

 

Startup Morning with Bahrain's Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA)

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by StartUp Bahrain and Startup MGZN

June 3, 2020 | Virtual event 12:00 PM Bahrain time

Policymaker:

Description:

Mr. Al Qaed will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the digital economy, and iGA’s initiatives and vision for tackling the challenges, such as the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ App to curtail the spread of the virus. The conversation will include a discussion of opportunities for digital economy entrepreneurs, along a Q&A segment with the audience, moderated by Ehsan Al-Kooheji, General Manager at Kooheji Systems, an avid technologist and thought leader in the digital space.

Note: The event will be in the English language, and access to the recording will be given to registered participants.

To register, click here

 

Startup Evening with Bahrain's Minister of Industry, Commerce & Tourism

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by StartUp Bahrain and Startup MGZN

May 20, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy voices included:

  • H.E. Zayed R. AlZayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce & Tourism, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Hisham Abu Alfateh, Head of Corporate Communications, National Bank of Bahrain (moderator)

Description:

Minister Alzayani, who is part of the Startup Nations Ministerial Steering Committee, shared about the government's vision, efforts, and initiatives for startups and SMEs during this period - from the mall.bh platform to the time for businesses to digitize, optimistic opportunities, to what's next.

This conversation was part of a series of #startupevenings virtual events organized by Startup MGZN & StartUp Bahrain, through strategic partnerships with Tamkeen Bahrain, Zain Bahrain, the National Bank of Bahrain, Tenmou, & Zoho.

To watch the full session, click here

 

Latin American Mega Hangout
Entrepreneurial ecosystems in the face of COVID-19: impacts and responses

Hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and PRODEM, in alliance with GEN

April 21, 2020 | Virtual event

Policy voices included:

Description:

This virtual meeting allowed Latin American policy leaders, entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders to share information and reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on entrepreneurs, young companies and organizations in the ecosystem. Via participatory technological tools and an interactive Q&A, over 300 participants discussed not just pain points, but also initiatives to support them and channel their solutions to the emergency. The discussion was sparked with the presentation of input collected via a regional survey of professionals who work for entrepreneurship and innovation from government agencies, incubators, accelerators; support centers for companies, investors, other support organizations, entrepreneurs and young companies. The input received both via the pre-event survey and during the discussion led to a comprehensive report that analyzes the impact of the pandemic on the Latin American startup scene.  

To watch the discussion, click here

Note: This event was held in Spanish language. A summary of the event and findings is available in English and Spanish.

 

Startup Nations Policy Dialogues at the CASE Conference

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by Dinamo and the Brazilian Startup Association (ABStartups) 

November 29, 2019 | Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Policy voices included:

  • Igor Nazareth, Undersecretary for Innovation at the Ministry of the Economy
  • Otavio Caixeta, Director of the Digital Policies Secretariat at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation & Communication  
  • André Barrence, Head of Google for Startups in Brazil
  • Eduardo Lopes, Director of Facebook Hack Station
  • Rodrigo "Kiko" Afonso, President, Dinamo Group
  • Felipe Matos, former Director of Startup Brasil, and currently Vice President at Dinamo 

Description:

Founded in 2011, the Brazilian Startup Association (ABStartups) is a non-profit entity that aims to help make Brazil one of the top five powers in innovation and technological entrepreneurship. Their Annual Conference on Startups and Entrepreneurship (CASE) gathers more than 10,000 visitors from around the country and region. This year, the Dinamo startup advocacy group will run a policy arena, featuring discussions on the Legal Framework for Startups, the General Data Protection Act (LGPD), and the bureaucracy of the system for startups. You can find more information, here.

Contact: Rodrigo Afonso (kiko@dinamo.org.br)

 

European Commission's SME Assembly 

Hosted by the Finnish presidency of the European Council

November 25-27, 2019 | Helsinki, Finland

Policy voices included:

Description:

Delegates from across the world will come together to hack policy, discuss enterprise and create the governance structure of the Small Business Act. This year’s SME Assembly will feature renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato as this year’s Schumpeter Lecturer as well as a host of sessions on the most cutting edge topics for SMEs and the European enterprise ecosystem, on topics such as Sustainable Finance, the Future of jobs, Women in Finance, the Single Market and more. The Assembly will be both a physical and digital event with extensive coverage online by the Promoting Enterprise team. 

Contact: If you would like to register your interest, please contact: smeassembly@loweurope.eu.

 

MSME Forum + the National Entrepreneurs Summit of Paraguay

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay and the Paraguayan Association of Entrepreneurs (ASEPY). 

November 21-22, 2019 | Asuncion, Paraguay

Description:

Mandated by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Law 4457/12, the government designed the Forum in such way that it could help advance harmonized policy work among the various set of bodies involved in the creation, formalization, development and competitiveness of MSMEs. You can find more information about the discussion that took place, here.

 

From Startups to ScaleUps

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the FATE Foundation of Nigeria 

November 21, 2019 | Lagos, Nigeria

Description:

To date, despite the increasing level of investment in startup programs in Nigeria, there was no clear available data on how they are scaling. Via this Policy Dialogue, the fifth in its series, the Foundation sought to address the lack of evidence. At the event, Amaka Nwaokolo, Head of Research & Policy, shared insights derived from the Foundation's research over the past year, reviewing the inhibitors and enablers to scaling businesses in Nigeria. Read more, here.

 

Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by GEW United Kingdom, The Entrepreneurs Network and NatWest

November 21, 2019. 12pm to 2pm | London, United Kingdom

Description:

This Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) roundtable will explore how we can best support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Hosted by Paul Thwaite, MD of Commercial Banking at Child & Co, this event is aimed at select group of politicians, policy makers, experts and entrepreneurs. The objectives of this event are: a) to share experiences of work already being undertaken to support the next generation of entrepreneurs; b) to provide input into policymaking discussions and the future work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship; and c) enable networking among other leading supporters of Britain's next generation of entrepreneurs.

Event contact: Annabel Denham (annabel@tenentrepreneurs.org)

 

Alternative Investment for Startups in Bangladesh: A Policy Dialogue with Ecosystem Stakeholders

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by GEW Bangladesh, and Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Daffodil International University.

November 20, 2019 | London, United Kingdom

Description:

This Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) policy dialogue will gather government officials, investors, angel investment association leaders, venture capital association representatives, officials from Prime Minister office, entrepreneurs, and academics to discussion how to minimize the access to capital barrier.

Event contact: Beauty Akter (beauty.de@diu.edu.bd)

 

Public Policy Forum: Productivity, Innovation and Technology

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by GEW Ecuador, the Government of Manabi Province, Portoviejo City Hall and Fundación Emprender

November 18, 2019 | Portoviejo, Ecuador

Description:

This Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) policy dialogue roundtable will explore how local policy instruments are aligned with national policy priorities. It will include an analysis of the national entrepreneurship ecosystem and a discussion among government authorities and representatives from academia, chambers of commerce and GEW Ecuador. 

Event contact: Violeta Morán, GEW Ecuador Coordinator (vmoran@emprender.org.ec

 

National Entrepreneurship Public Policy Congress (CPPE) 

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic

November 12-13, 2019 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Policy voices included:

  • Nelson Toca, Minister of Industry, Commerce and SMMEs, Dominican Republic 
  • Ignacio Mendez, Vice-minister of SME Development, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and SMMEs, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic 
  • Jose Checo, Director for Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and SMMEs, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic 
  • Jorge Madrid, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisor, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Colombia
  • Patricia Acosta, Head of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Coordination, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Cristina Fernandez, Vice President for Research and Policy, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Sebastian Vidal, former Executive Director of Startup Chile

Description:

Convened by the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Industry and Commerce, this first edition of an annual gathering of cross-sector authorities convened Ministers and Directors of 33 national government entities to articulate a nation-wide, transversal entrepreneurship policy agenda. The Congress included a Ministerial, as well as ecosystem-building workshops for public sector officials. 

 

Allied for Startups V Annual Summit

Policy Dialogue hosted by Allied for Startups, an advocacy organization representing startup associations

October 14-16, 2019 | Brussels, Belgium

Policy voices included:

Description:

Allied for Startups’ 2019 Summit gathered 23 startup associations to discuss how policy can enable startup growth. After establishing new priorities and voting on a mandate, several exchanges with high-level Commission officials and Members of the Parliament were held. The topics discussed ranged from stock options to platform governance or global data flows. Joining as startup voice, John Collison, co-founder of Stripe, joined a roundtable discussion in the European Parliament with the support of MEPs Eva Maydell and Sean Kelly. As an outcome of the overall Summit, members of Allied for Startups set out to make sure that every policymaker at home knows at least 3 startups. When policymakers know startups in their constituency, they are less likely to make decisions that adversely affect them, they agreed. Read more, here.

 

Job Creators: The Immigrant Founders of Britain's Fastest Growing Businesses

Policy Dialogue hosted by The Entrepreneurs Network

October 22, 2019 | London, United Kingdom

Policy voices included:

  • Bim Afolami, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Philip Salter, Founder, The Entrepreneurs Network; Secretariat, APPG for Entrepreneurship

Description:

This event will feature a discussion of the Job Creators research report, which revealed that while only 14% of UK residents are foreign-born, a disproportionate share of the UK’s fastest-growing startups (49%) have at least one foreign born co-founder. 

Contact: events@tenentrepreneurs.org 

 

Policy Day at the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) Conference 

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by Nesta, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Kauffman Foundation, the World Bank Group, the Max Planck Institute and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard.

May 21-23, 2019 | Berlin, Germany

Policy voices included:

Description:

Building on the success of our last three international conferences in London, Barcelona and Boston, IGL2019 once again included a Policy & Practice Learning Lab to bringing together policymakers and practitioners to discuss the latest developments in experimentation, hands-on capacity-building workshops, and first-hand experiences of other organizations from around the world. You can watch the highlights video, here.

 

Seminar-Workshop for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Professionals

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by PRODEM and Uruguay's Agency for National Development (ANDE)

May 7-10, 2019 | Montevideo, Uruguay

Policy voices included:

  • Hugo Kantis, Director, PRODEM, Argentina
  • Amalia Quirici, Head of Entrepreneurship, National Development Agency (ANDE), Uruguay
  • Sara Goldberg, National Agency of Research & Innovation, ​Uruguay
  • Gonzalo Villaran, Executive of the Knowledge Development & Management Unit, "Innovate" Agency, Peru

Description:

The PRODEM Seminar-Workshop for Entrepreneurship Professionals is the most important annual gathering for entrepreneurship professionals in Latin America, where delegates exchange experiences in ecosystem building. The core themes of this 9th edition were: innovations in entrepreneurship training, the pipeline of support programs, entrepreneurial capital and impact investment, the role of corporates, entrepreneurship laws and policy tools. 

 

Building a Digital Nation  

Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by Tamkeen 

April 16, 2019 | Manama, Bahrain

Policy voices:

  • Toomas Ilves, former President, Estonia 
  • Arvind Gupta, CEO,  MyGov, India  

    Description:

    This dialogue focused on insights from the architect of the most digitally-savvy country on earth, Estonia, and on the path that the populous India has taken in that direction. Both experts described how their governments designed and executed planned, successive waves of innovation to achieve digital advances, and future-proof their governments' technology. You can watch the full dialogue, here.

     

    Government Failure: A Risk Estonia was Willing to Take 

    Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Global Enterprise Registration (GER)

    April 16, 2019 | Manama, Bahrain

    Policy voice:

    • Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia

      Description:

      The session focused on showing how the eRegistration and eRegulations platforms offered by Global Enterprise Registration (GER) provide countries that have large informal economies new tools for more efficiently registering businesses, as well as new cost-effective tools that make it easier for entrepreneurs to interact with government agencies and comply with administrative regulations. Mr. Grozel presented case studies of how placing regulations on-line in one platform provides policymakers and administrators with a new model for achieving regulatory policies and practices that are simple, quick and easy.

       

      e-Regulations: Helping Governments Reduce Barriers to Entrepreneurship  

      Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Global Enterprise Registration (GER)

      April 16, 2019 | Manama, Bahrain

      Policy voice:

      • Frank Gozel, Business Facilitation Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

        Description:

        The session focused on showing how the eRegistration and eRegulations platforms offered by Global Enterprise Registration (GER) provide countries that have large informal economies new tools for more efficiently registering businesses, as well as new cost-effective tools that make it easier for entrepreneurs to interact with government agencies and comply with administrative regulations. Mr. Grozel presented case studies of how placing regulations on-line in one platform provides policymakers and administrators with a new model for achieving regulatory policies and practices that are simple, quick and easy.

         

        Entrepreneurial Cities  

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue co-hosted by Startup Genome

        April 16, 2019 | Manama, Bahrain

        Policy voices included:

        • Jose-Maria Rodriguez,  Director, Cordoba Innovar y Emprender, Argentina
        • Thulane Nzama, Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit Head, City of Durban, South Africa
        • Eugenio Canora, Councillor, Cava De' Tirreni City, Italy
        • Brian Kim, General Manager, Busan Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, South Korea

        Description:

        At this occasion, innovative city leaders shared how they are supporting cultures of entrepreneurship and problem-solving. The discussion, moderated by Dane Stangler, Senior Advisor at GEN Global, focused on lessons learned and what other cities can do to follow their success.

         

        Leaders and Feeders in Policy: Tapping Entrepreneurs' Input to Remove Barriers 

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by The Center of International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

        April 16, 2019 | Manama, Bahrain

        Policy voices include:

        • Kim Bettcher, Director for Knowledge Management, CIPE
        • David M. Glaccum, Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. 
        • Cristian Sosa, Executive Director, Paraguayan Entrepreneurs Association (ASEPY), Paraguay
        • Igor Madzov, Associate - South Central Ventures, Macedonia
        • Darwish Al-Mannai, Shura Council Member,  Kingdom of Bahrain

        Description:

        Policy to support entrepreneurship has come to the fore in recent years, as evidenced by the emergence of startup acts and policy communities like Startup Nations. This spreading awareness of entrepreneurship among policymakers, along with expanding knowledge of what works, gives hope that governments can become useful allies in entrepreneurship development. This encouraging picture is incomplete, however, if entrepreneurs remain on the sidelines of decisions that affect them.

        Many are acquainted with Brad Feld's thesis that entrepreneurs should be leaders and others should be feeders of ecosystem development. Yet more often than not, entrepreneurs' own priorities do not feature prominently in policymaking. This session highlighted the value of incorporating entrepreneur needs into policy frameworks with a focus on removing barriers and promoting inclusive opportunity.

        The panel was part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). It addressed policy priorities and avenues of policy influence that can expand the entrepreneurial space for youth, women, and company founders with limited means. Drawing on concrete examples, the conversation covered barriers to entrepreneurship and whom they affect, and how policies can be designed to benefit the broadest set of entrepreneurs. Relevant themes included business registration, barriers to scaling, incumbent advantages, and gender discrimination.

        The panelists were asked to share recommendations on engaging entrepreneurs effectively and inclusively; aligning policy with entrepreneurs' priorities; and combining evidence with grassroots perspectives. You may watch the recording of the session, here

         

        European Commission Programs for Entrepreneurs

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWof the European Commission

        April 16, 2019 | Manama, Bahrain

        Policy voices include:

        • Kristin Schreiber, Director, EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises & SMEs, European Commission
        • Jean-Marie Avezou, Principal Administrator, DG GROW, European Commission

        Description:

        The session showcased some of the programs developed by the European Commission to support entrepreneurship and small businesses. It focused on the Enterprise Europe Network, a support network for SMEs and entrepreneurs with international ambitions. Participants had a chance to learn about the main features of the network, as well the broad range of services it provides for grow-oriented SMEs. In addition, the DG Grow team introduced the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress audience. This program offers the opportunity to work alongside an experienced entrepreneur in another participating country while strengthening the skills needed to develop a business (learn more, via the Atlas of Policies).

         

        US-Mexico High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Fundación IDEA 

        January 23-25, 2019 | Washington DC, United States

        Description:

        The Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Fundación IDEA hosted their VI High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers. The objective of the Forum was to provide a space for the introduction and discussion of policy recommendations that encourage innovation in Mexico. Discussion was moderated by Alberto Saracho, Economic Development Director and Partner at Fundación IDEA, and Dane Stangler, Senior Advisor at GEN Global.

        This High Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers brought together key Mexican legislators, Senators and Deputies, to analyze best practices, brainstorm policy ideas to foster innovation in Mexico, and work directly on issues related to innovation. The long-term goals of this Forum are to develop an innovation caucus in the Mexican legislature made up of a network of legislators informed on issues of pro-innovation policy and to promote the creation of a more innovation-friendly regulation context in the country.

         

        FinTech Public Policy

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by The Fintech Hub 

        April 17, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Description:

        Financial Technologies – FinTech – are disrupting traditional thinking, from how we conceive banking, insurance and microfinance to how governments should address regulatory matters concerning this thriving industry to keep the right balance between public protection and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.Besides deciding what kind and extend of FinTech regulation a government should develop, what else should a country do to increase the speed of moving to a Digital Economy? Enabling a FinTech ecosystem can be addressed from many angles from public transportation adoption, addressing the use and cost of mobile data and infrastructure, tax incentives, etc. This Startup Nations Policy Dialogue ran by Jorge Ortiz, Managing Partner at The Fintech Hub, shed light on concrete ways to develop and foster the design of FinTech Public Policy.  

         

        Innovation in Government & the Public Policy Lean Canvas

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by Startup New Zealand

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Description:

        Innovation in government is hard.  But government innovation is increasingly seen as imperative, as citizens’ expectations increase driven by the private sector, and governments struggle to keep pace. New paradigms and methodologies are required that enable and encourage government innovation, as well as collaboration and co-creation with citizens, businesses, and NGO’s. This collaborative Policy Dialogue moderated by Dave Moskovitz, Managing Director of GEN New Zealand, developed in two parts. The first part explored a tool developed for GEN and being used in a number of countries which enables rapid policy innovation - the Public Policy Lean Canvas. In the second part of the session, participants exchanged best practices for how innovation works inside governments.  

         

        European Commission Programs for Entrepreneurs

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by DG GROW

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Policy voices:

        • Kristin Schreiber, Director of the COSME Programme and SME Policy, DG GROW, European Commission
        • Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska, Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement, SME Policy and the SME Envoy network, European Commission

        Description:

        Europe’s economic growth and jobs depend on its ability to support the growth of enterprises. This why the European Commission aims to encourage people to become entrepreneurs and also make it easier for them to set up and grow their businesses. This Policy Dialogue served to inform Global Entrepreneurship Congress delegates about the menu programs offered by DG GROW.

         

        Meet the Expert on "How to Use an Index to Create An Ecosystem Strategy"

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Description:

        As the demand for data-driven research on how to strengthen entrepreneurship support programs increase, this Policy Dialogue was designed to provide key information for policymakers and government leaders based on the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Index report, which evaluates the health of entrepreneurship in 137 countries. 

         

         

        Meet the Expert on "How to Decide on Ecosystem Actions"

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Description:

        Timing matters for planning effective interventions. JF Gauthier, CEO of Startup Genome, shared about the importance of choosing actions in the local ecosystem according to the needs according to the stage in which it is. 

         

        Diplomacy for Entrepreneurship

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands' Orange Corners Program

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Policy voices included:

        • Theodore Klouvas, Policy Officer for Entrepreneurship, Embassy of the Netherlands to the United States
        • Khansa Alhag, General Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community, Sudan
        • Sara Fakir, Cofounder and Executive Catalyst, ideiaLab, Mozambique
        • Mujahed Waisi, Co-Founder, The Station, Iraq

        Description:

        Entrepreneurship has become one of the focus areas in most Private Sector Development agendas worldwide. During this Startup Nations Policy Dialogue, experts from four different countries shared their views on the role of international development cooperation’s and embassies in local ecosystems. What can they do most effectively? What has been their added value? And what should they leave to others?

         

        Meet the Author on Regulatory Hacking

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2018

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey 

        Description:

        Every startup wants to change the world, but the ones who truly make an impact know something the others don’t: how to make government and regulation work for them. In Regulatory Hacking, author Evan Burfield explains the playbook for building and growing startup in complex, regulated sectors such as health, education, transportation, food, and energy.

         

        The Role of Governments in Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

        Startup Nations Policy Dialogue hosted by Allied for Startups

        April 18, 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey

        Description:

        Too often, startups have to live by rules that haven’t been made for startups. This Startup Nations Policy Dialogue, moderated by Lenard Koschwitz, Director for Public Policy, Allied for Startups, discussed some of the areas where the startup world intersect with policy, such as: Data, Privacy & Trust; Banking & Blockchain; Procurement; Trade; Data Flows; Artificial Intelligence.