GLOBAL SME FINANCE FORUM

16 - 18 September 2024 | São Paulo, Brazil

The largest conference in the world that focuses exclusively on SME financing

The Global SME Finance Forum (GSMEFF) is the SME Finance Forum’s annual flagship event.

It convenes global & regional banks, fintechs, big-techs, e-commerce players, multilaterals, development finance institutions, credit guarantee corporations, banking associations, SME associations, microfinance institutions, non-bank financial institutions, central banks, academia, training providers, think tanks, investors, trade platforms, ministries, G20 counterparts to catalyze and scale SME finance.

GSMEFF will land in Latin America for the first time in 2024, convening from 16 to 18 September in São Paulo, Brazil and will spotlight AI-Powered Digital and Sustainable SME Finance.

It will feature a series of thought-provoking speakers and interactive panels that will explore the digital and sustainable transitions taking place in the SME finance sector. Discussions will focus on the growth of AI as a tool for SMEs to move toward sustainability goals and address financial inclusion challenge. 

The agenda will also provide a holistic view on SME finance with coverage on the following themes:

Agri finance

AgriFinance and the role of AgTech and climate-smart solutions  

Embedded Finance

Digital, fintech solutions and role of embedded finance  

Supply chain finance

Supply chain finance, the deep tiers, sustainable and digitally enabled solutions

Sustainable finance

Sustainable finance solutions for SMEs, reporting, products, and capital markets 

WomenΓÇÖs Entrepreneurship Finance

Women's entrepreneurship finance, gender-disaggregated data, products

Risk Mitigation

Risk mitigation, climate risk, insurance, risk sharing, credit guarantee schemes 

The Global SME Finance Forum is hosted by the SME Finance Forum, a network of over 300 leading banks, non-banking financial institutions, fintechs and development banks, created by the G20 in 2012 and managed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

The Forum’s objective is to scale SME finance for job creation and economic growth. As the leading SME finance network globally, we steer industry innovations, support replication of best practices, steer policy advocacy, and foster global knowledge transfer. We also power our global peer learning membership network by connecting them with relevant partners, investors and policymakers.

This year’s event is organized in partnership with the Brazilian G20 Presidency, the Brazilian Ministry of Entrepreneurship, Microenterprise and Small Business (MEMP), with support from Brazil Development Bank (BNDES) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

Digital Assets

Artificial Intelligence

ESG

Latest Updates

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Get Essential Insights on AI, ESG and Digital Money

Fueling this year’s Forum are three pivotal reports that delve into current problem statements, chart potential roadmaps, and explore opportunities in Artificial Intelligence, ESG and Digital Money.

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Full Agenda Released

The full list of roundtable topics, sessions on the Forum and Insights stages are now available. Join the dialogues with the pioneering minds shaping the digital assets, AI and ESG landscape. 

SMEFF
Managed by IFC

2024 Forum Overview

Monday,
16 September
Tuesday,
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Wednesday,
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Members Meeting

 Strategic update, Governing Council intros, survey result, member engagement awards
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Innovation Hubs

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Training

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Study Visits

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Cocktail Reception

SME Finance Forum Annual Flagship event

Global SME Finance Awards 2023

SME Finance Forum

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Innovators' Exhibits

Tuesday, 17th September - Wednesday, 18th September
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Plenary: Macroeconomic & Policy Outlooks

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Plenary: Artificial Intelligence for SMEs

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Outcome-driven Roundtables

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Tuesday, 17th September - Wednesday, 18th September
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Global SME Finance Award Ceremony

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Plenary: SME Growth

Wednesday, 18th September
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Closing Reception

Wednesday, 18th September
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Plenary: Building a Thriving SME Ecosystem 

Wednesday, 18th September

2023 in Numbers 

650 in-person attendees

650

in-person attendees

590 virtual attendees

590

virtual attendees

72 countries

72

countries 

250 institutions

250+

institutions

2023 Featured Speakers

2023 Testimonials

 

Jane ProkopThe SME Finance Forum’s annual conference meets a critical need in the SME financing world: the need to bring together top decision-makers in a truly thoughtful way, where the International Finance Corporation’s deep knowledge of players can be leveraged to help participants zero in on the partners who can best meet their needs. In most conferences, the search for the right partner is a “needle in a haystack” exercise. Not so at the Finance Forum, and there in lies the magic.

Jane Prokop
Executive Vice President, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mastercard

rajeev chalisgaonkar (1)

I’ve been blown away by the quality of speakers, the seniority, and the level of thinking. It’s very clear that if you’re interested in SME Finance, if you’re interested in being part of this global opportunity to change things for small business, this is the place to be.

Rajeev Chalisgaonkar,
EVP, Head of Business Banking & Neobiz

SAndy Kemper

This is my sixth or seventh Annual Meeting I have attended, and I can see the change. Five years back, some of the same people were talking about ideas they were trying out. Now they are talking about successful, profitable business they are running based on those ideas. It is quite gratifying to see that shift happening.

Sandy Kemper
Founder & CEO, C2FO, USA

Almutasem Alkhateeb (1)

Beyond expectation! I had the privilege to attend the Global SME Finance Forum today in Mumbai, India. It was enriching and epic in a meaningful way – we jumped from one session to another with an enthusiastic mindset toward the next discussion session without feeling overwhelmed.

Almutasem Alkhateeb, 
Business Development Manager, Kafalah, Saudi Arabia

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