This Forum aims to promote a space for exchange, debate, and construction of knowledge related to the problem of productive development and of SMEs in particular. This Forum is a great opportunity for academics, entrepreneurs, civil servants, support agents and other actors in the business ecosystem to come together and reflect on shared experiences. For this reason, the presentation of research papers and experiences that will contribute to providing answers to the specific problems of SMEs and proposals that lead to promoting their development are accepted.
The SME World Forum will target five key segments: Private Sector Companies, Startups, Policy Sector, Academic Sector, Education Sector, and Tourism & Hospitality. With a special dedicates sessions on youth and women entrepreneurship:
Opening of the system for uploading abstracts of research papers, experiences and posters through the SMEWORLDFORUM.org website.
Deadline for uploading abstracts of research papers, experiences, and posters through the SMEWORLDFORUM.COM website
Deadline for notification of acceptance of abstracts of research papers, experiences and posters. Notification of the final modality of presentation assigned to each work.
Advanced or completed research papers are included. They should include a theoretical foundation, a set of results and conclusions.
Problematization work on methodological aspects, theoretical frameworks, or critical reviews of the state of the art on a specific problem.
Cases of experience or best practices of firms, networks, or institutions that show relevant results for the development and sustainability of SMEs.
Forum Theme and Objectives:
The SME World Forum’s inaugural will reunite some of the most creative and emphatic world leaders of the business world, policy, academic and youth. The Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan is the main lead and will be the primary host, and this World Forum will take place from November 13 to November 16, 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Host and Venue:
The Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan is honored to host this prestigious event. The World Forum will be held from November 13 to November 16, 2023. ICSB is partnering with the Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Why Attend form Private Sector?
Why Attend form Policy Sector?
Why Attend form Academic Sector?
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Engage with professionals across various fields, including business, policy, and technology, fostering a rich environment for innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration that can lead to new academic insights and breakthroughs.
Real-World Impact: Connect with practitioners in the SME sector to understand real-world challenges and opportunities, guiding research focus toward practical applications that can have tangible impacts on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Global Perspectives on SMEs: Participate in discussions and workshops led by international experts to gain a comprehensive understanding of global trends, regional variations, and cultural influences on SMEs, enriching your research and teaching methods with diverse and inclusive perspectives
Empowerment and Inclusion: Explore initiatives and strategies aimed at empowering women and youth in the business world. Understand how SMEs are providing platforms for gender equality and youth involvement, and learn how you can contribute to these efforts.
Entrepreneurial Development: Gain insights into entrepreneurial opportunities specifically tailored for women and young entrepreneurs. Learn from successful women and youth-led SMEs, and get inspired to launch or grow your own venture.
Networking with Like-minded Individuals: Connect with women and youth who are leading the way in various industries. Build a network that can offer support, mentorship, and collaboration, all vital for personal and professional growth.
Education and Skill Enhancement: Participate in workshops and training sessions designed to enhance skills and knowledge relevant to women and youth in business. Benefit from personalized learning paths that align with your career goals.
Voice and Impact: Have your voice heard on issues that directly impact women and youth in the business environment. Engage with policy-makers, industry leaders, and academics to contribute your perspective and potentially influence the policies and practices that shape the future for women and youth in SMEs.
On Wednesday evening, we are hosting a Gala to celebrate the SME World Forum Awards recipients.