SME Programme


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.

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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


The benefits

  • Valuable international exposure
  • Connect to curated audience of buyers and investors
  • Join capacity building workshops and masterclasses
  • Access leading academics, coaches and business mentors
  • Peer networking in Innovation Space
  • 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

Programme details

ITU Telecom World Awards

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Enter your SME for the Global SME Awards (and the Government Award, if you are on a National Pavilion) for most promising innovative ICT-based solutions with real social impact – and gain:

  • 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
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Pitching Sessions

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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.

SME Masterclasses

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Take part in a series of capacity-building investor-led masterclasses aimed at developing skills, making connections and establishing partnerships for success as an SME emerging on the world stage.

Innovation Space

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Network with your peers, meet other exhibitors, set up bilaterals or demos with potential investors, buyers, and partners in the Innovation Space on the exhibition showfloor. Showcase your SME, innovative project or ICT solution with an independent stand in the Innovation Space or within a National Pavilion – and enjoy the benefits of international visibility, targeted networking and investment and partnership options.

Networking & Matchmaking

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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 SME space for bilaterals and demos and a structured SME matchmaking platform.

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Forum Debates

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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.

Find out how to make the exhibition
at ITU Telecom World work for you