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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 Early-stage Innovative Start-ups ($1,000,000 USD in prize)

Calling All #TechForGood Startups, do you have an early-stage innovative technology solution that can solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems? Apply for Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021.

The fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from entrepreneurs around the world. Their 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.

Prizes

• $250,000 USD Grand PrizeA single team will be designated the grand prize winner.

• $75,000 USD Regional First Runners-UpThree 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-UpThree teams will be designated the second runners-up and will receive $50,000 USD each.

• $25,000 USD Third Runners-UpThree teams will be designated the third runners-up and will receive $25,000 USD each.

• $10,000 USD Fourth Runners-UpThree teams will be designated the fourth runners-up and will receive $10,000 USD each.

• $10,000 USD People’s ChoiceThe finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

• $10,000 USD Cisco Employees’ ChoiceThe finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the Cisco Employees’ Choice Award.

• $50,000 USD Greenhouse Gas Solutions PrizeA single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

• $50,000 USD Ethical AI PrizeA single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

• $50,000 USD Digital Inclusivity PrizeA single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

• $50,000 USD HBCU Startup PrizeA single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

• $50,000 USD Pandemic Response PrizeA single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

ELIGIBILITY.

This Contest is open and offered only to

(1) individuals age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of registration (“Individual Participant”),

(2) teams of up to five individuals age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of registration (“Team Participant”),

(3) legal business entities (“Business Entity Participant”).

PLEASE NOTE: Individual Participants, Team Participants, and/or Business Entity Participants that have previously received monetary awards in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge or a Cisco prize at the Rice Business Plan Competition are not eligible for this Contest.
Confirmation of eligibility will be required prior to awarding any prizes.

How To Enter.

 To enter the Contest, Click the link below from October 27, 2020 to January 29, 2021,

• accurately and truthfully complete the online registration form, accept these Terms and Conditions and follow the instructions for submitting an “Entry” as described on the Site and below.

• An “Entry” must be an original idea for an early-stage technology-enabled solution that drives economic development and/or solves social or environmental problems as described further on the Site.

• The party submitting an Entry is referred to as a “Participant” or “you.” Participants may submit an Entry individually, or as part of a team, or as a Business Entity (as described below).

• As used herein, “Entry” means all submissions, original ideas, videos, documents or other materials submitted to Sponsor in connection with the Contest.

• Each Entry must be the original creation of the Participant. Once submitted, Entries may not be cancelled, removed or revoked by the Participant. Sponsor, its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns are in no way obligated to use or continue to use any Entry. 

Apply Now!

Timeline

• Applications Open: October 27, 2020

• Applications Close January 29, 2021 at 5 pm PT

• Semi-Finalists Invited to Submit: March 30, 2021

• Semi-Finalist Submissions: Close April 23 at 5 pm PT

• 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 visit Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021.

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