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This Tuesday marks the first annual 'MSME Day' to celebrate the key role Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) play in powering economies worldwide. Read on for examples of how tech startups are helping drive development.

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Happy MSME Day! Tech startups are increasingly important to driving the innovation that will be crucial to future growth. But they need capital. Read how blockchain-based digital finance systems can help. Meanwhile, some venture capitalists are investing in startups that could challenge tech titans' dominance in next-generation technologies.

MSMEs in action

How MSMEs bring homegrown solutions In Kenya, the BRCK startup is creating some of the most innovative tech products in Africa. 'We do this so well because we live, work and are from Kenya,' says CEO Erik Hersman. In Malaysia, entrepreneur Kevin Saw is meeting — and driving — the rapidly growing demand for video content in Southeast Asia (SEA). WATCH THE INSPIRING VIDEO.

What can governments do? Read how Estonia became a leader in tech startups and entrepreneurship. Plus, take an inside look at how Malaysia's government is creating entrepreneurs.  RELATED: How governments can spur domestic tech innovation – eight ICT ministries profiled

Follow our coverage of MSMEs ITU News has been highlighting the role of tech-oriented MSMEs in building tomorrow's digital economies. LEARN MORE.


Digital finance in India: Local messaging app, Hike, recently launched free bank-to-bank and mobile-wallet payments for its roughly 100 million users. RELATED: Aadhaar: India’s route to digital financial inclusion



A 'Decency Pledge'? That's what LinkedIn co-fouder Reid Hoffman says we need to protect the human rights of women entrepreneurs.

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