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Designing and Implementing Effective Entrepreneurship Policies

Description and analysis of the rationales, modalities, monitoring and evaluation of entrepreneurship policies

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Course Description

This course is targeted to policy makers, policy influencers, public servants and administrative officials who at various levels are interested in entrepreneurship dynamics and are responsible for the design and the implementation of related policies.

The course is a joint initiative with UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ( which has installed entrepreneurship centers, and is delivering Empretec, a behavioral entrepreneurship training programme (, in 36 developing countries.

The course gathers leading experts from Polimi and UNCTAD to let the participants:

  • Understand the role of policy makers in response of market failures in entrepreneurial activities.
  • Learn that policy making can play a key role in shaping an ideal institutional setting for productive entrepreneurship.
  • Learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of entrepreneurship in meeting these challenges.
  • Learn how to formulate a National Entrepreneurship Strategy.
  • Understand the different ways through which policy making can influence entrepreneurship dynamics by acting on several domains of interest, including regulation, education, innovation, finance and networking.
  • Learn on qualitative and quantitative indicators and methods which are useful to perform monitoring and evaluation functions.
  • Understand the main logic behind monitoring and evaluation techniques.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the main rationales for policy interventions in the entrepreneurship domain.
  • Analyse the characteristics of the vast array of policy measures implementable to sustain entrepreneurship in different countries.
  • Explain the importance of performing monitoring and evaluation analyses of entrepreneurship policies in the related context and the main associated challenges.

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.

The course materials will still be available to all registered users for a long time, even after the closing of the edition.


No prerequisite knowledge is required.

Discussion forum

The forum of this MOOC is freely accessible and participation is not guided; you can use it to compare yourself with other participants, or to discuss course contents with them.

Quizzes and scores

The course is organized into different weeks and modules. At the end of each week, you will find a quiz to check your understanding. The final grade for the course will be calculated based on your performance in the weekly quizzes.

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.

Once you have successfully passed the course, you can request the Certificate of Accomplishment without waiting for the end of the edition.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.


For further information, see FAQ page.

Course Faculty

Fulvia Farinelli

Fulvia Farinelli, UNCTAD

Fulvia Farinelli works at UNCTAD since 1998. Her academic background focuses on issues related to entrepreneurship and SME development, including innovation, business linkages and global value chains. She holds a PhD on Economic and Policy Studies on Innovation and Technical Change from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Luca Grilli

Luca Grilli, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management

Luca Grilli is Professor of Business and Industrial Economics at Politecnico di Milano. His main research interests revolve around the economics of institutions with specific reference to entrepreneurship and innovation dynamics in high-tech sectors and regulated industries. He has participated in numerous scientific projects, including the recent H2020 Research Grant on “Financial and Institutions for an Entrepreneurial Society” (, where he was responsible for the POLIMI Research Unit. He is member of the Center for Global Business and Institutions of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano.

Boris Mrkajic

Boris Mrkajic, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management

Boris Mrkajic is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. His research interests revolve around applied innovation and entrepreneurship. In particular, Boris studies human capital of new technology-based business ventures, as well as support systems of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem such as Venture Capital and Business Accelerators. He teaches Business and Industrial Economics course at the master’s level (Politecnico di Milano).

Fiorina Mugione

Fiorina Mugione, UNCTAD

Fiorina Mugione is an Economist with more than twenty years’ experience in international organizations, working primarily in the areas of research and analysis in enterprise, investment and development issues at ESCAP, OECD and UNCTAD. She leads the Entrepreneurship Programme at UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise. The programme aims to strengthen the supply capacity of small and medium enterprises through entrepreneurship and business linkages development. She also coordinates the EMPRETEC programme in 37 countries around the world.

Alejandro Rubias Hernardez

Alejandro Rubias Hernardez, UNCTAD

Alejandro Rubias-Hernandez is an Economic Affairs officer in the Division on Investment and Enterprise of UNCTAD, where he works to support developing countries and economies in transition in the design of initiatives to promote entrepreneurship. He also provides technical assistance to training centres across the globe that have adopted UNCTAD’s EMPRETEC entrepreneurship program. He is specialized in youth entrepreneurship, and is the project leader for French-speaking countries.

Philippe Rudaz

Philippe Rudaz, UNCTAD

PhD Economist with 10 years’ experience in the field of economic development, in particular in research and technical projects, policy analysis and business development in the private sector and international organizations. Philippe has a solid expertise in the private sector development of former soviet economies, notably, in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. He contributes to UNCTAD Entrepreneurship Policies and technical paper on entrepreneurship in the Division on Investment and Enterprise.

Lorenzo Tosini

Lorenzo Tosini, UNCTAD

Lorenzo Tosini is a Programme Officer in the Division on Investment and Enterprise of UNCTAD, where he works to support developing countries and economies in transition in the implementation of technical assistance projects to promote entrepreneurship and SME development. He is in charge of Empretec and Business Linkages UNCTAD’s technical assistance programmes in Africa and is coordinating the global network of Empretec centres. He is also working on the standardization of training materials.

  1. Classes Start

    Jul 10, 2023
  2. Classes End

    Feb 29, 2024
  3. Length

    4 Weeks
  4. Estimated Effort

    1-2 hours/week
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