Wipo Global Awards for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Wipo Global Awards for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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 contest is organized for applicants originating from WIPO’s 193 Member States and diverse economic sectors. Initially inclusive of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the contest introduced a new category for startups in 2024. There are plans to incorporate additional categories in upcoming editions of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Awards Program is open to all SMEs located in at least one of WIPO’s 193 Member States and meeting the following conditions:

  • It is a registered business entity. Proof of registration is required.

  • It has no more than 300 employees and up to 15 US$ millions of total annual sales.

  • It is a holder of at least one registered IP right.

  • It is exporting its products or services to at least one country.


    Winners will receive:

  • Travel to Geneva to attend the Awards Ceremony and special events (funded in accordance with WIPO’s rules),

  • A WIPO Trophy specifically designed for this Program,

  • 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, special WIPO Awards webpage, WIPO media, and other external IP related media.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Wipo Global Awards for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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