POLICY DIALOGUES

Startup Nations members and knowledge partners host year-round Startup Nations Policy Dialogues, designed to facilitate discussions on government-led interventions at local, national and regional levels. These Policy Dialogues serve to prepare governments for their participation at the annual Startup Nations Ministerial via exchanges focused on current policy challenges, innovative policy solutions, new evidence on impact, and upcoming policy priorities. 

Below is a summary of the past and upcoming Policy Dialogues. If you would like to add your policy event to this series of Dialogues, please email cristina@genglobal.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 include:

     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 include:

  • 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 voice:

        • Dane Stangler, Senior Advisor, GEN Global
        • 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 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 Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of 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

             Policy voices include:

             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.

        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 

             Policy voices:

             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 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 

             Policy voices:

             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 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 

             Policy voices:

        • Zoltan Acs, Founder and President, The GEDI Institute

             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 

             Policy voices included:

             Description:

        Timing matters for planning effective interventions. The Startup Genome team 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 

             Policy voices:

             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, 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 

             Policy voices:

             Description:

        Too often, startups have to live by rules that haven’t been made for startups. This Startup Nations Policy Dialogue 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. Startups think global from day one and entrepreneurs will choose the best place for their idea to succeed and Public Policies that affect startups sho