The ITU Digital World Awards recognize the most promising innovative tech solutions with real-world social impact.
As the UN specialized agency for ICTs with 193 Member States, over 700 private sector entities and 155 years of industry expertise, ITU understands the critical role of digital technologies in accelerating social and economic development in emerging and developed markets.
Our Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of ICT-based applications and initiatives changing lives for the better around the world – and provide an international platform to:
- Highlight best practice
- Share ideas on using tech for development
- Network with peers, mentors and industry
- Mobilize investment
- Create new business opportunities for ICT solutions for social good
About the Awards
The ITU Digital World 2021 SME Awards are open to any start-up or SME using tech creatively to solve socio-economic challenges – anywhere in the world. Applications for this year’s Awards have now closed and we are working hard on shortlisting the candidates to pitch online before our expert jury.
We have received the highest number of applications ever in the history of the Awards, so the competition will be exciting. The finalists will go head-to-head in live online pitching before the Awards Ceremony announcing the winners on 1 December:
Pitching 1: Connectivity – Tuesday 26 October
Pitching 2: Education Technology – Tuesday 2 November
Pitching 3: Smart Cities – Tuesday 9 November
Pitching 4: EHealth – Tuesday 16 November
Pitching 5: Digital finance –Tuesday 23 November
A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of SME Awards applicants to pitch their solutions based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability and environmental sustainability.
Winners in each category will be selected from this shortlist and announced on the final day of the event during the high-profile Awards Ceremony.
Join our jury：if you are interested in using your expertise with start-ups and in different industry categories to support the best innovative tech SMEs with positive social impact, please click the link below or contact us directly at email@example.com.
ITU Digital World SME Awards 2021 Categories
Win UN recognition as an innovative ICT4D solutions provider
Benefit from international visibility before, during and after the event
Network with peers, industry experts, mentors and UN representatives
Take part in the SME Programme of capacity building and skills workshops, business matchmaking and networking events