Call for Startup Nations Awards Nominations

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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 Startup Nations Awards. Winners will be invited to the Startup Nations Summit Gala on Saturday, November 19, 2016, in Cork, Ireland, to share their experiences and accept their awards.

 

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 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) or program idea(s)
  • 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
  • Extent to which it is possible to replicate efforts, adapting to other policy areas or other national ecosystems

The 2015 winner of the SN Award for National Policy Leadership was Dr. Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning, South Korea. (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 have been 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
  • Extent to which it is possible to replicate efforts, adapting to other policy areas or other ecosystems

The 2015 winner of the SN Award for Local Policy Leadership was Mayor Bart De Wever of Antwerp, Belgium. (Read the announcement here.)

 

STARTUP NATIONS AWARD FOR GROUND-BREAKING 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 Ewing Marion 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

The 2015 winner of the SN Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking was Neelie Kroes, Special Envoy for Startups, The Netherlands. (Read the announcement here.)

 

Prospective 2016 Selection Committee members 

Jonathan Ortmans
Co-founder, Startup Nations

Bart DeWever
Mayor of Antwerp, Belgium

Stefano Firpo
General Director for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and SMEs, Italian Ministry of Economic Development

Adriana Tortajada
General Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Financing, Mexico’s National Institute of the Entrepreneurs (INADEM)

Dane Stangler
Vice President for Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation

Kwanghyon Kim
Managing Director, Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs, Startup Korea; former journalist, The Korea Economic Daily

Susana Garcia-Robles
Principal Investment Officer at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Inter-American Development Bank

Tony Elumelu
Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Doug Rand
Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Bob Litan
Former Vice President for Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation

Anders Hoffman
Deputy Director General, Danish Business Authority

Steve Case
Co-founder, AOL

Thomas M. Cooney
Professor, Dublin Institute of Technology

 

Nomination Process & Rules

May 15, 2016
The Startup Nations Executive Committee opens the call for nominations

Restrictions:
The Selection Committee will only evaluate nominations and applications that meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be submitted in English via the following online platform: http://startupnations2016.startupcompete.co
  • Nomination form must be fully completed
  • A person may be nominated for only one of the award categories described above
  • Self-nominations are allowed

August 15, 2016
Deadline for receiving nominations

November 19, 2016
Winners announced publicly as they receive their awards at the Startup Nations Summit Gala in Cork, Ireland.

 

About Startup Nations
Startup Nations is a global network identifying policy levers that can unleash high-impact entrepreneurship and innovation. Its members are startup-savvy policymakers and program leaders focused on exploring different regulatory changes and other policy ideas to help accelerate new and young firm formation in their economies. Startup Nations is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Source: Startup Nations Summit News