The ITU Digital World 2020 SME Virtual Awards is now open to applications. This is for startups, creative SMEs, and entrepreneurs with tech innovative solutions.
It is a program of masterclasses, pitching sessions, and virtual awards taking place online at the ITU Telcom in Nov. – Dec. 2020. The program is virtual and the recognition is real.
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The 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, ITU needs creative SMEs with innovative tech solutions – and tech SMEs, startups, and entrepreneurs need support and encouragement from the industry.
Hence, the ITU Digital World SME Virtual Awards serve as an opportunity to recognize excellent innovative tech solutions, build resilience, and foster investment in tech SMEs in the midst of this crisis.
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ITU Digital World 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The ITU Digital World 2020 SME Virtual Awards is for any startup or SME with an innovative tech solution in one of the following four sectors:
Connectivity; innovative solutions to increasing universal access to the internet.
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.
E-health; using technology to improve healthcare through remote diagnosis and treatment, care in the home, monitoring, and prevention.
Digital finance; ICT-based initiatives focused on increasing and improving access to the economy for the banked and unbanked.
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Successful and 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 ITU expert jury of investors, business, and tech specialists.
Then, winners will receive UN recognition, online visibility on the ITU Digital World website, a unique certificate of achievement. Also, will receive an invitation (an executive pass) to join at the 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.
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The deadline for application for the ITU Digital World 2020 SME Virtual Awards is October 5, 2020. If you have an innovative tech solution and fall into the eligible criteria, use this link to apply, and learn more; https://digital-world.itu.int/itu-digital-world-2020-sme-virtual-awards/#apply
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