ISSME World Conference 2013 (IWC2013)

Organization: International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises

Venue: The Leela Kempinski Hotel

Location: Guargaon, Haryana, India

Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2013 / 8:30 am - (GMT +5:30 hours) End Date/Time: Oct 21, 2013 / 10:30 pm - (GMT +5:30 hours)
Registration Date: Sep 05, 2013 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +5:30 hours)
Early Registration Date: Aug 31, 2013 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +5:30 hours)
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2013 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +5:30 hours)
Paper Submission Date: Sep 05, 2013 Time: 12:00:00(GMT +5:30 hours)
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The ISSME World Conference 2013 (IWC 2013), being organised in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR (India) from 18-21 October focuses on Best Practices in Promoting SMEs with a main theme of “Fostering International Linkages for SMEs Development”.

It is part of the endeavour of the International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME) - an ISO 9001 certified International Non-Government Organisation - to enhance effective global networking and synergize the efforts of like-minded institutions and organizations.

The IWC 2013 will not only talk about the lessons learnt but also look into the opportunities and challenges related to international linkages between large and small & medium enterprises in the areas of manufacturing, trading and services. It will explore the best possible ways of establishing sustainable linkages between governments, international organizations, SME support institutions, trade and industry associations, and other related agencies.

The discussions will be backed up by case studies and experiences from across the world so that an effective road-map can be worked out for the growth of the SME sector.

The IWC 2013 will bring together policy makers from governments, representatives of international organisations like the UN, support agencies, entrepreneurs, financial institutions and NGOs to discuss issues relevant to SMEs worldwide.

It is acknowledged that the SME sector is the engine for industrial growth and economic development. The sector, however, finds it challenging to finance operations. It is also hampered by the lack of access to latest technology and inadequate exposure to the global marketplace.

A highly-competitive global business environment also means that small businesses have to constantly adapt and innovate in order to survive.

The IWC 2013 aims to provide answers to these and other challenges the SME sector is confronted with. It will also discuss opportunities waiting to be tapped, potentials which remain unexplored and global networks which can be created for greater growth.

The theme of the IWC 2013 is in keeping with ISSME’s guiding principles – Knowledge, Networking and Growth. The conference seeks to improve the competitive strength of SMEs by fostering sustainable linkages in a globalised surrounding.

The IWC 2013 is expected to be attended by approximately 700 delegates from across the globe. Add in volunteers, exhibitors and speakers and our number will be close to 900.

Delegates will discuss policies, strategies, support initiatives and institutional cooperation needed to strengthen the SME sector and prepare it for new challenges as well as opportunities. The conference also provides a wonderful opportunity to share information and experiences on best practices in the sector.

The key objectives of the conference include:
  • Discussing ways to enhance international cooperation and share information to bring greater clarity when it comes to the role of National Governments; Multilateral/Bilateral Agencies; Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Identifying specific inhibiting factors for the implementation of various policies and programmes.
  • Sharing experiences on the role of business associations and chambers in strengthening SMEs.
  • Providing specific policy inputs for provision/ creation of needed services & linkages.

The 4-day conference program will be divided into a Public Agency Forum which will open the conference, Plenary Sessions and Workshops. It will feature keynote speakers and SME experts talking on a wide range of interesting topics. Tea/coffee breaks, luncheons and dinners provide opportunities for delegates to socialize and network. As per schedule, a quality social evening programme will allow for delegates to reflect on the day’s proceedings and enjoy themselves. These social events provide an ideal opportunity for sponsors to get excellent exposure to a highly-focused group of high-level decision makers and SME experts both from India and abroad.

The Public Agencies Forum, which will discuss Supporting Sustainable Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises worldwide, will set the tone for the rest of the conference.

The focus areas of the plenary sessions are:

  • SME Development Policy & Practices
  • Entrepreneurship Education Policy & Practices
  • The role of National Governments, International Organisations & Industry Associations in supporting SMEs.

Workshops will discuss a wide range of issues which include Entrepreneurship Education, Training and Support; Green Energy; Creativity, Innovation and Technology Transfer; Indigenous Entrepreneurship; Social and Women Entrepreneurship; New Venture creation, finance, taxation and regulation and e-entrepreneurship, e-business and e-learning.

Given the global audience that the conference is expected to attract, an exhibition which will run alongside will provide a unique opportunity to entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services.

The Grand Finale of the conference will be the ISSME Global Awards which will recognise the best in the SME sector.  

  • Individuals, institutions and organisations which form part of the SME sector across the world. These include entrepreneurs, policy-makers, government departments and representatives of support institutions as well as NGOs.
  • ICT, Marketing and HR Solution providers whose goal is to ensure the sustainable development of the sector.
  • Researchers and academics seeking to promote a better understanding of the challenges the sector faces and those who are looking for a global forum to suggest effective solutions.

The conference will provide:

  • Insights from policy makers, small business entrepreneurs, financial institutions
  • A showcase for products and services in the form of an exhibition
  • An opportunity to compete for the ISSME Global Awards which recognise the best in the sector  
  • Share best practices in business creation, management and development
  • Find out what new opportunities and threats lie ahead
  • Discuss leading-edge research in entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Present your own research and experience and gain feedback
  • Business-to-Business networking and match-making opportunities
  • Best practice visits to industrial parks, incubation & innovation centres, government department, etc.

The IWC 2013 organising committee has worked extensively to try and come up with a perfect mix, from finalising the programme and structure to selecting the venue for the conference, the exhibition and the ISSME Global Awards. The committee is sure that all the delegates, exhibitors, supporters and sponsors will benefit from the conference.

We hope to see you at the IWC 2013!


Gurgaon, Delhi (NCR)


International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises
PO Box 4354, Kalkaji HPO
New Delhi

Additional Information

We request you to submit your abstracts for the presentation of papers during IWC 2013 being held in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, India, from October 18 - 21. The Conference is on Best Practices in Promoting SMEs with main theme of “Fostering International Linkages for SMEs Development”. The conference will highlight best practice and innovation in the creation and support of small businesses worldwide.

The plenary sessions will focus on SME Development Policy & Practices; Entrepreneurship Education-Policy & Practices; and Role of National Governments, International Organisations & Industry Associations in Supporting SMEs.

Based on inputs from the SME sector as well as supporting partners, the IWC 2013 secretariat has worked out the following tracks for the parallel sessions which it believes should guide the discussions to support the underlying theme of the conference. Participants can choose one or more to get the experience and exposure they are looking for. There are 15 tracks for which you can make submissions. The tracks are:

Track 1:     Fostering International Linkages (Main Theme of the Conference) Track 2:     Community, Migrant, Ethnic and Social Entrepreneurship Track 3:     Entrepreneurship Education, Training and Support Track 4:     Green Energy, Technology and Sustainable SME's Track 5:     Creativity, Innovation and Technology Transfer Track 6:     Indigenous Entrepreneurship Track 7:     Socio-Economic Development and SMEs Track 8:     Small Business Cooperation and Performance Track 9:     Women Entrepreneurship and Family Business Development Track 10:   New Research Approach, Theory Development and Critical Entrepreneurship Studies Track 11:   SMEs Management and International Entrepreneurship Track 12:   New Venture creation, finance, taxation and regulation Track 13:   Young Entrepreneurs Support Programs & Small Business Owners Track 14:   Corporate Entrepreneurship Track 15:   e-entrepreneurship, e-business and e-learning

We are open to suggestions for additional tracks provided they are in keeping with the aims and objectives of the conference. The conference secretariat encourages submissions which are built around case studies, innovation and best practices.

There is still plenty of room in the conference program for additional symposia. If you have an idea for a symposium that you want to include at IWC 2013, please contact IWC Secretariat as early as possible at 

Experts in the respective fields will chair all the sessions, which will be designed to facilitate open debate, dissemination of practical experience and helpful information together with feedback for the presenters. The conference offers a great opportunity to business advisers, coaches, counsellors, consultants, educators, financiers, mentors, teachers and trainers in addition to entrepreneurs and practitioners from the SME sector to discuss their experiences and network with like-minded professionals. Summary for presentations will be screened by a panel of experts for merit, relevance to the conference themes and potential interest to the other participants. Applicants will be notified once their summaries are accepted for the conference. You are invited to submit the following types of presentation. See the  for further information. Plenary Presentations – a comprehensive report on one of the Themes with details of best practices used and results achieved over several years operation. In the plenary presentations new (previously unpublished) empirical or conceptual research or best practices is presented. We also welcome practitioner presentations, presenting on projects that you're currently working on. (Maximum 20 minutes) Parallel Presentations – a shorter report or a case study of a successful scheme within one of the above fifteen tracks, with evidence or examples of the results achieved. In a workshop people are informed about a particular topic or development, and / or people take part in some form of practice. (Maximum 15 minutes) Symposium Presentation & Debate - a series of bullet points to indicate the topics that could be covered verbally in a symposium (panel) and Debate within a specified track. In a symposium three or more people give a presentation and / or have a discussion about a particular focused topic. You can propose a new symposium or submit a contribution to an existing proposal. (Maximum 10 minutes) Summaries of all presentations accepted will be published in the IWC 2013 Conference Handbook and all complete presentations received on time will be published on the Conference Proceedings CD.  The IWC 2013 will be an opportunity for many international delegates and advisers to exchange views and learn about best practice in SMEs promotion in other Countries. Leading international figures are expected from business support agencies, from enterprise education and training and from government SME policy-makers and lobby groups.