Marich: Call for nominations on Startup Nations Policy Awards

Editor’s note: This post was republished with permission from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Policy Dialogue blog.

Startup Nations, a network of entrepreneurship-savvy policymakers and advisors, is seeking nominations of public sector leaders and policy approaches that are helping entrepreneurs start and scale new businesses. Winners will be invited to share their experiences as part of the Startup Nations Summit in Cork, Ireland, during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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. These efforts have an outsized impact on the economy – enabling startups to scale, create new jobs and push the entrepreneurship frontier forward.

To celebrate this convergence, Startup Nations recognizes innovative public sector leaders and policy approaches from around the world through the following awards:

  • This award recognizes national public sector leadership in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation. It 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.
  • This award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation. It recognizes the efforts of individuals responsible for imaginative and impactful efforts at a community, city or regional level that display real promise for scale.
  • This award recognizes instrumental analysis, innovative policy approaches or groundbreaking program concepts that significantly expand the frontier of entrepreneurship policy thinking around the world. It recognizes efforts that establish the intellectual direction of work in the field that lead to smart, evidence-based policymaking.

Last year’s winners were:

  • Bart de Wever, Mayor, City of Antwerp (Belgium) for Local Policy Leadership
  • Dr. Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning (South Korea) for National Policy Leadership
  • Neelie Kroes, Special Envoy for Startups (Netherlands) for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking

Nominations may be submitted until August 15. Winners will be announced on November 19 at the Startup Nations Summit in Ireland.

Mark Marich, executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week | Courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadership on several national initiatives and more than 100 public forums covering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurial growth and economic development, health care, renewable energy, telecommunications, regulatory reform and workforce development.

He is a regular contributor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s blogs, which are syndicated by Missouri Business Alert.

Find Marich on Twitter: @markmarich.


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