Our events

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Annual Conferences

18 - 22 October 2021
Annual Conferences
The Global SME Finance Forum is the annual flagship event of the SME Finance Forum, where senior executives from hundreds of banks, NBFI, development finance institutions, and fintech companies participate from around the world. The three-day conference usually features study visits to fintechs and financial institutions in the hosting city, annual members meeting, fintech pitches, Global SME Finance Award ceremony, SME Finance Marketplace, sessions, and a variety of panel discussions, fireside chats and keynote addresses by worldclass industry experts.
 
For the last eight years, the Global SME Finance Forum Conference has been promoting opportunities to help SMES grow around the globe and access much need finance. The event has been filled with networking opportunities from keynotes to dinner and marketplace. You would have the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections that can lead to partnerships. You would have discovered the latest fintech innovations and good practice in SME banking and non-financial services from local institutions.
 
The Global SME Finance Forum is the largest, most high-level, technically in-depth meeting on SME financing that occurs anywhere in the world since 2015. The winners of the Global SME Finance Awards - that recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their SME clients -  are announced during the event! 
The action-packed in-person event includes interactive sessions convening world-class industry experts, study visits to high-performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, exhibition booths and ample networking opportunities. 
 
 
Read more about each conference below:
 
2023 - October 2- 4 - Location TBC - Digital Ecosystem and its Impact on SME Finance
2022 - September 19-21 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Harnessing Digitalization for Sustainable and Inclusive SME Finance
2021 - Virtual Edition - Greening SME Finance
2020 - Virtual Edition - SME Finance Outlook 2030
2019 - Amsterdam - The Convergence of the Real and Financial Sectors in SME Finance
2018 - Madrid -  Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs
2018 - Regional (Kenya) - Harnessing Innovation
2017 - Berlin - Digitization of SME Finance
2016 - China - Emerging Trends that Impact Small Business Finance
2015 - Turkey - Partnerships and Innovation for SME Finance
 
For more information about our conferences, email us at smefinanceforum@ifc.org