Startup Nations Awards

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.
 

STARTUP NATIONS AWARD 
FOR LOCAL POLICY LEADERSHIP

This award recognizes the efforts of individuals responsible for imaginative and impactful efforts at a community, city or regional level that display real promise for scale, that advance new and young firm formation.

STARTUP NATIONS AWARD 
FOR NATIONAL POLICY LEADERSHIP

This award 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—that advance new and young firm formation.

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.

 

2016 WINNERS

Award for Local Policy Leadership
María José Vengoechea
Executive President, Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce, Colombia

Award for National Policy Leadership
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand

Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking
Dr. Hugo Kantis
Director, Entrepreneurship Development Program (PRODEM), Argentina
 

2015 WINNERS

Award for Local Policy Leadership
Bart De Wever, Mayor, Antwerp, Belgium

Award for National Policy Leadership
Dr. Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, South Korea

Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking
Neelie Kroes, Former VP of European Commission and Special Envoy for Startups, Netherlands