$1 Million USD in Prizes Calling All #TechForGood Startups/ Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021

$1 Million USD in Prizes

Calling All #TechForGood Startups

How can your early-stage innovative technology solution solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems?

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Digitize. Do More Good.

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, we seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting devices and data, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and we’re here to help. 

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from entrepreneurs around the world. Our goal is to advance early-stage projects that are beyond the concept or idea formation stage, but which have not yet generated over $1M USD in funding and/or revenue.

$1,000,000 USD in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

Submit your solution by January 29, 2021, at 5 pm PT!

Prizes

  • $250,000 USD Grand PrizeA single team will be designated the grand prize winner.
  • $75,000 USD Regional First Runners-Up/Three teams from Americas, EMEAR and APJC will be designated the regional first runners-up and will receive $75,000 USD each.
  • $50,000 USD Second Runners-Up/Three teams will be designated the second runners-up and will receive $50,000 USD each.
  • $25,000 USD Third Runners-Up/Three teams will be designated the third runners-up and will receive $25,000 USD each.
  • $10,000 USD Fourth Runners-Up/Three teams will be designated the fourth runners-up and will receive $10,000 USD each.
  • $10,000 USD People’s Choice/The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.
  • $10,000 USD Cisco Employees’ Choice/The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the Cisco Employees’ Choice Award.
  • $50,000 USD Greenhouse Gas Solutions Prize/A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.
  • $50,000 USD Ethical AI Prize/A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.
  • $50,000 USD Digital Inclusivity Prize/A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.
  • $50,000 USD HBCU Startup Prize/A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.
  • $50,000 USD Pandemic Response Prize/A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

More detail about the prizes can found here.

Why should you participate?

In addition to a cash infusion to develop your solution, it will be reviewed by Cisco technology experts and high-profile judges. You’ll receive peer and industry validation for your solution, as well as have a great opportunity for global recognition and publicity. 

Should you enter?

If your solution uses digital technology to positively impact society or the environment, consider entering. Areas of impact include, but are not limited to, critical human needs like water or food security, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, accessibility, and the environment. Our goal is to advance early-stage projects that are beyond the concept or idea formation stage, but which have not yet generated over $1M USD in funding and/or revenue. We look for projects with a dedicated team and that have completed a proof of concept for the core functionality of the product/service at a minimum. For detailed eligibility requirements, please reivew the rules

  • Applications OpenOctober 27, 2020
  • Applications Close Jan 29 at 5 pm PT/January 29, 2021
  • Semi-Finalists Invited to Submit/March 30, 2021
  • Semi-Finalist Submissions Close Apr 23 at 5 pm PT/April 23, 2021
  • Finalists Announced and People’s Choice Voting Opens/June 2, 2021
  • People’s Choice Voting Closes/June 18, 2021
  • Winners Announced/June 29, 2021

For more information please open this link

https://cisco.innovationchallenge.com/cisco-global-problem-solver-challenge-2021