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ITU Virtual Digital World 2020
SME Awards & Masterclasses
Online pitching sessions 30 Nov - 3 Dec
Awards Ceremony live 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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Join us online for the closing stages of the ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards:

  • Watch live pitching from our SME Awards finalists

    from 30 November

  • Celebrate with the winners in the Awards Ceremony

    7 December

  • Catch up our SME Masterclasses available here.

As you know, ITU Digital World 2020 has been postponed to October 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 Pitching and Awards schedule

Monday, 30 November

12:00-13:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 1: Connectivity

14:00-15:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 2: Connectivity

Tuesday, 1 December

12:00-13:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 3: Digital Finance

14:00-15:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 4: Digital Finance

Wednesday, 2 December

12:00-13:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 5: e-Health

14:00-15:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 6: e-Health

Thursday, 3 December

12:00-13:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 7: Smart Cities, Smart Living

14:00-15:00 (CET, Geneva time)
Pitching session 8: Smart Cities, Smart Living

Monday, 7 December

14:00-15:00 (CET, Geneva time)
ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards Ceremony

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Our jury

A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of Virtual SME Awards applicants to present their solutions in a series of online pitching sessions. The winners in each category will be announced in the special Awards Ceremony event on 7 December.

Meet the jury

SME Masterclasses

Masterclass #1

Achieving high levels of productivity and quality in your business

Watch now

Masterclass #2

Keeping safe in cyberspace: cybersecurity for SMEs

Watch now

Masterclass #3

The ultimate tech startup guide to international expansion

Watch now

Masterclass #4

Preparing the investor pitch deck

Watch now

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

Where you've applied from (accepted applications)

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Event partners

The Startup Club
The Startup Club
International Trade Centre
International Trade Centre
International Labour Organization
International Labour Organization
Cyber Readiness Institute
Cyber Readiness Institute
Global Cyber Alliance
Global Cyber Alliance

Media partners

IT Edge News
IT Edge News
ApaNa Magazine
ApaNa Magazine
PhoneWorld
PhoneWorld