2018 Forum programme



Wednesday, November 11, 2020
SME Masterclasses
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Zoom webinar

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, November 12, 2020
SME Masterclasses
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Zoom webinar

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.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020
SME Masterclasses
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Zoom webinar

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 presentcase 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, November 23, 2020
SME Masterclasses
Monday, November 23, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Zoom webinar

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.



Monday, November 30, 2020
SME Awards
Monday, November 30, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, -

Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Connectivity solutions for 4 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.





SME Awards
Monday, November 30, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, -

Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Connectivity solutions for 4 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.



Tuesday, December 01, 2020
SME Awards
Tuesday, December 01, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, -

Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Digital Finance solutions for 4 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.





SME Awards
Tuesday, December 01, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, -

Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Digital Finance solutions for 4 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.