The recognition is real.
SME Virtual Awards
ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards 2020
Seeking tech SME solutions with social impact.
The platform is virtual. The recognition is real.
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.
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.
Global Cyber Alliance
Cyber Readiness Institute
Director of Operations for the Global Cyber Alliance
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.
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.
Who can apply?
Smart cities, smart living
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.
Where you've applied from (accepted applications)
ITU Digital World Online SME Masterclasses
All our online masterclasses are free of charge and open to any interested tech SME. Fill in the form below and we'll send you the links to take part in the masterclasses and view the pitching sessions for the ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards this November.
We'll also keep you up to date on our series of online SME masterclasses taking place throughout the year in the lead up to our next physical event, ITU Digital World 2021, in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.