Post-COVID-19 New Normal: Implications for Startup Ecosystems

The eighth Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogue on “Post-COVID-19 New Normal: Implications for Startup Ecosystems” discussed policies and measures that can better enable startups to survive and thrive in the wake of COVID-19, drawing on global good-practice examples and the experience of different countries. 120 participants including government officials and private sector representatives from Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China, joined by ADB experts, explored measures to help venture capital-backed startups continue to drive growth, create jobs, and support economic recovery amidst the pandemic.

The eighth session of the PACER Dialogues aimed to:

  • promote improved understanding of policies that can better support startups in the post COVID-19 “new normal”;
  • feature country and global experience and lessons on measures and policies to support startups in mitigating impacts of COVID-19 and accelerating recovery; and,
  • provide a platform for policy makers, development planners, and startups to share knowledge and experience and collaboratively learn from each other.

Concept Note and Program 

PAPER - Post-COVID-19 New Normal: Implications for Startup Ecosystems

POLICY BRIEF - Fostering Resilient Startup Ecosystems in the New Normal


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Program and Learning Materials:

Session/Activity Presentation Material/s Speaker(s)
8th PACER Dialogue – Overview and Objectives Alfredo Perdiguero, Director, Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division, Southeast Asia Department, ADB
Main Presentation

Startup Ecosystem
Presentation on how to foster vibrant startup ecosystems amid COVID-19 and beyond. Country-level, regional and global expertise and trends, insights into emerging policies and schemes aiming to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, to accelerate recovery, and to help startups adjust to the new normal highlighted.

Stephan Kuester, Head of Global Ecosystem Strategy, Startup Genome
Panel of Experts Inputs/Reactions

Government Perspective: Policies and Enabling Environment
Insights and experiences of Enterprise Singapore related to startup ecosystems, challenges and opportunities in the context of COVID-19.

Seow Hui Lim, Director, Startup Development Division, Enterprise Singapore
Panel of Experts Inputs/Reactions

Investor Perspective: Venture Capital
Insights and experiences of Integra Partners related to startup ecosystems, challenges and opportunities in the context of COVID-19.

Christiaan Kaptein, Partner, Integra Partners
Open Discussion and Questions Thomas Abell, Advisor and Chief of Digital Technology for Development Unit, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC-DT), ADB (Moderator)
Synthesis and Summary Thomas Abell, Advisor and Chief, SDCC-DT, ADB