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CISCO | Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021

| Sectors: Social impact, innovation
Granting entity: Cisco
| Deadline: 29 January
| Type of support: Award
| Funding/benefits: 1 million USD in prizes (250K for first prize, 75k for first runner up, and 50k for second runner up and many other prizes)
Applicants: early stage start-ups /solutions
| Locations: Global

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

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.

Link to application here.

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