The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched its Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards. This a new award that seeks to honor the most innovative startups and MSMEs that are participating at the ITU Telecom World 2015, including those that are using ICTs to solve problems and to make real and sustainable social and economic impact.
The ITU Telecom World Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 will be honoring the crucial role played by ICT entrepreneurs, SMEs, and supporting technology hubs, incubators and government initiatives, in driving industry growth, creating employment and contributing meaningfully to social development and the achievement of sustainability goals across emerging and developed markets.
All SMEs and entrepreneurs exhibiting at ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, 12 – 15 October, are eligible to enter for the award, whether taking part with an independent stand or pod, or as part of a National Pavilion.
Selected by an expert jury including ministers, regulators, industry CEOs and leading ITU officials, the ITU Telecom Entrepreneurship Award will be presented at the closing ceremony of ITU Telecom World. Prizes will also include the People’s Choice Award, chosen by delegates attending ITU Telecom World 2015, and the Innovation Champion Award for what is judged to be the most effective government scheme fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and SMEs in the ICT sector.
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Winners will benefit from international recognition as leading entrepreneurs for social good, unique visibility and networking opportunities, and the guarantee of a free exhibition stand and speaking slot in the Forum debates at next year’s ITU Telecom World.
“In celebrating the most promising high-growth SMEs using ICTs for social good, along with successful government initiatives supporting entrepreneurship in this sector, ITU is setting the bar for good practice and the fruitful exchange of ideas globally, and taking a lead in promoting innovative ICT entrepreneurship for socio-economic development, “ said Houlin Zhao, secretary general, ITU.