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Apply now for the 2024 Wipo Global Award for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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Apply now for the 2024 Wipo Global Award for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Applications are now open for the Wipo Global Awards.

WIPO Global Awards celebrates exceptional enterprises and individuals making smart use of intellectual property for commercialization while also bringing a positive contribution to society through their innovation and creativity.

The annual Awards competition welcomes participants from all 193 Member States of WIPO and various economic sectors. Originally catering to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the contest expanded its scope to include a new category for startups in 2024. Future editions of the program are expected to introduce additional categories.

See Also: Apply now for the 2024 Flour Mills of Nigeria Prize for Innovation Competition for Nigerian SMEs and students.

Eligibility and Requirements for the Wipo Global Award

Participants are to meet the below requirements to apply:

  • The Awards Program is open to all SMEs located in at least one of WIPO’s 193 Member States and meeting the following conditions:
  • Participants must be a registered business and have proof of registration.
  • Participants must have no more than three hundred (300) employees and up to US$ 15 million in total annual sales.
  • Participants must be holders of at least one registered IP right.
  • Participants should be exporting their products or services to at least one country.

See Also: Apply now for the 2024 Safaricom Spark Accelerator Program for Kenyans Startups.

What You Stand to Gain from the Wipo Global Award

Selected participants will receive the awards below:

  • Selected participants will travel to Geneva to attend the Awards Ceremony and special events (funded under WIPO’s rules).
  • Selected participants will receive a WIPO Trophy designed for this program.
  • Participants will be given customized IP mentorship opportunities (considering, on a case-by-case basis, the business background and specific needs of the winners).
  • In addition, winners will be offered promotion, visibility, and recognition through an Awards ceremony, a special WIPO Awards webpage, WIPO media, and other external IP-related media.
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Application Process

The application deadline is the 31st of March 2024.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit the official webpage of the Wipo Global Award for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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