GROW YOUR VISIBILITY
GROW YOUR NETWORK
GROW YOUR BUSINESS
At ITU Telecom World, we understand that SME success is key to ICT industry growth and socio-economic development throughout the world. That’s why we’re working to help tech SMEs scale up their business activities and global impact – as a key part of our unique international platform of ICT public and private sector leaders.
Who’s it for?
Our platform provides support, visibility, investment and networking potential to tech SMEs from around the world looking to take their solutions or products to the next level.
- High-growth SMEs with solutions in the market and ready to expand
- ICT-specific products or services; or ICT-dependent business model
- Solutions or products with real social impact
- Focus on enablers such as broadband connectivity, IoT, AI, 5G
- Vertical sectors including smart cities, education, healthcare, finance, entertainment and media
ITU Telecom World Awards
- UN recognition as an innovative ICT4D provider
- International visibility at the event
- Partnership and networking opportunities
- Access to our Awards alumni network
- Mentorship and support from ITU and partners
Pitching sessions showcase the best small companies competing for the Global SME Award at ITU Telecom World in a fast-paced and dynamic environment at the heart of the exhibition showfloor. Participating SMEs promote their business to a wide audience of event attendees, including an expert jury of investors, deal-makers and analysts who select the Global SME Award winners.
Network with your peers, meet other exhibitors, set up bilaterals or demos with potential investors, buyers, and partners in the InnovationSpace on the exhibition showfloor. Showcase your SME, innovative project or ICT solution with an independent stand in the InnovationSpace or within a National Pavilion – and enjoy the benefits of international visibility, targeted networking and investment and partnership options.
Develop skills, make connections and establish partnerships for success as an SME emerging on the world stage. Focus on the business attributes that matter in our expert-led capacity-building masterclasses.
Networking & Matchmaking
Make the connections that matter, negotiate deals and open the door to new partnerships. Unlock the potential of the ITU Telecom World audience by taking part in networking and matchmaking activities running throughout the event, including informal networking events and social functions, dedicated InnovationSpace for bilaterals and demos and a structured SME matchmaking platform.
Gain expert insight into the technologies, models, policies and trends shaping the wider ICT industry. Join panel debates and dialogue bringing together leaders from government and industry with SMEs from around the world to explore the impact and opportunities of smart digital transformation.
- Valuable international exposure
- Connect to curated audience of buyers and investors
- Access leading academics, coaches and business mentors
- Peer networking in InnovationSpace
- Structured matchmaking activities
- Share best practices, solutions and ideas
- Expert insight and understanding of critical ICT issues
- Gain recognition by entering the ITU Telecom World Awards
- Visibility through onsite showcases and pitching sessions
- Invitation for your SME CEO to network in the LeaderSpace Lounge
Being at the ITU conference has been extremely mind blowing for me, I have learnt so much in terms of SME programmes, technology and awareness of what other countries are doing. It has been a really great platform.Temitope Awosika, MEDSAF, Nigeria, Winner, Greatest social impact