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ITU Digital World 2020
SME Virtual Awards
Sign up for the Masterclasses Pitching: 30 Nov - 3 Dec | Awards Ceremony: 7 Dec

ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards 2020

Seeking tech SME solutions with social impact.
The platform is virtual. The recognition is real.

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You don't have to wait until 2021 to take part in the ITU Digital World Awards or join our community. The ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards are taking place online at ITU Telecom from 30 November to 7 December with a programme of masterclasses, pitching sessions and virtual awards.

You can also choose to just join the masterclasses and watch the pitching sessions and Awards Ceremony. Register here for free.

As you know, ITU Digital World 2020 has been postponed to Q4 2021 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has revealed just how much we depend on digital technology in every area of our personal and professional lives.

So now more than ever, we need creative SMEs with innovative tech solutions -  and tech SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs need support and encouragement from the industry.

The ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards are an opportunity to recognize excellent innovative tech solutions, build resilience and foster investment in tech SMEs in the midst of this crisis.

SME online masterclasses

Wednesday 11 November

12:30-14:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Achieving High Levels of Productivity and Quality in Your Business

Recent evidence confirms that the quality of management, as well as certain management practices, have a significant impact on enterprise level performance. This masterclass will teach you how to effectively use productivity and quality tools to plan, implement and measure better results in your firm. You will learn how to effectively engage with employees to manage projects for maximum performance. The following practices will be presented: Overview of Kaizen / Lean Manufacturing; Workplace Cooperation; Enterprise Improvement Teams; 5S; 7 Wastes; Measuring results, PDCA. The management practices presented are considered best global practices in industry and have been taught to hundreds of SMEs in over 19 countries by the International Labour Organization's SCORE Programme.

Partner

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International Labour Organization

Speaker(s)

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Michael Elkin
International Labour Organization

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Jayantha de Silva
International Labour Organization

Thursday 12 November

14:00-15:30 (CET, Geneva time)
Keeping safe in cyberspace: cybersecurity for SMEs

As our presence online expands, so too does your vulnerability to cyber attack. Breaches in security, whether malicious or accidental, can put your data, finances, business and personal live at risk. What does the cybersecurity landscape look like for tech SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs specifically, and what measures can you take to ensure you and your business are as safe as possible? This masterclass explores the importance of cyber hygiene, including the role of human behaviour and culture. It includes recommendations on creating strong passwords and password policies, multi-factor authentication, and anti-virus software, in particular when preventing phishing attacks. And it outlines the importance of timely software updates, backups and recovery – so that your data is secure and your business as successful as possible.

Partners

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Global Cyber Alliance

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Cyber Readiness Institute

Speaker(s)

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Shehzad Mirza
Director of Operations for the Global Cyber Alliance

 

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Jayantha de Silva
Global Director, Outreach and Partner Engagement,
Cyber Readiness Institute

Wednesday 18 November

14:00-15:30 (CET, Geneva time)
The ultimate tech startup guide to international expansion

There is no doubting the growing momentum of tech startups. But despite increasing influxes of capital, questions remain on their ability to scale into new markets. This e-masterclass will provide best practices and guidelines to tech startups seeking international expansion. It will address the big challenges underlying successful internationalization and provide insights into how tech startups can create structures to support high growth and develop a successful, executable Go-to-Market Strategy. Experts will present case studies of tech startups, sharing their mistakes and successes. This e-masterclass is targeted at tech startups aiming to expand internationally, entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, tech hubs and anyone interested in the growing tech ecosystem.

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International Trade Centre

Speaker(s)

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Kô Goma
International Trade Centre

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Sall Cathy
International Trade Centre

Monday 23 November

13:00-14:30 (CET, Geneva time)
Preparing
the investor pitch deck

The CEO of The Startup Club, a global community of entrepreneurs connecting startups with funding opportunities across the world, will present a masterclass on preparing the investor pitch deck. The session will go through the essential elements of a successful pitch and how to best structure an investor-targeted presentation, as well as sharing a template to use in designing your next successful pitch deck.

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The Startup Club

Speaker(s)

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Olga Kuznietsova
CEO, The Startup Club

Who can apply?

Any startup or SME with an innovative tech solution in one of the following four sectors:
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Connectivity

innovative solutions to increasing universal access to the internet.
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Smart cities, smart living

using digital tech innovatively to improve urban life and beyond in areas such as energy, transport, planning, food management, commerce and education.
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E-health

using technology to improve healthcare through remote diagnosis and treatment, care in the home, monitoring and prevention.
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Digital finance

ICT-based initiatives focused on increasing and improving access to the economy for the banked and unbanked.

What are the benefits?

All eligible applicants will be invited to take part in a series of online masterclasses on pitching to clients, raising funding and developing capacity in November 2020.  A selected shortlist of entrants will be asked to pitch live online to our expert jury of investors, business and tech specialists.

The winners will receive UN recognition, online visibility on the ITU Digital World website, a unique certificate of achievement - and an invitation (an Executive pass) to join us at ITU Digital World 2021 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, in Q4 2021 to take part in the full SME Programme on site and in person.

Winning the Award has given us unparalleled exposure, access to markets, finance and new opportunities - it has truly been a game changer for our business.
Sabelo Sibanda, Co-Founder & CEO, Tuse Applications

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