Funding brief: Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, they 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 more devices and data than ever before, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and they’re here to help.
The fourth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world. The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university.
$350,000 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.
Donor Name: Cisco
Funding name: Cisco – Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020
Deadline: Submit your solution by January, 17th, 2020 at 5pm PT.
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● $100,000 USD Grand Prize
A single team will be designated the grand prize winner.
● $75,000 USD First Runner Up
A single team will be designated first runner up.
● $25,000 USD Second Runners Up
Three teams will be designated the Second Runners Up and will receive $25,000 USD each.
● $10,000 USD Third Runners Up
Four teams will be designated the Third 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.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● For participants to be eligible, at least half of the team’s members must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2018. If entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that meet the above qualifications. Individual students and recent grads may also apply.
● Eligible solutions (technologies, products or services) must:
Incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) or digital technologies as part of the solution
Have a positive social, environmental or economic impact (e.g. health, education, accessibility, critical human needs (food, water, disaster response/recovery, safety, etc.).
Eligible Country: This Contest is not open to Individual Participants who are permanent residents of the province of Quebec, Canada during the Contest period, Team Participants with one or more team members who are permanent residents of the province of Quebec, Canada during the Contest period, or Business Participants located or registered in the province of Quebec, Canada, of which one or more of the owners are permanent residents of the province of Quebec, Canada during the Contest period. Canadian participants may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to provide proof of a permanent address, business location(s) and/or registration (as applicable) outside of Quebec for verification purposes. In addition, residents of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are not eligible to participate. This Contest is void in these countries and where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law.
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How to apply: You can participate as an individual, as part of a team, or as a business entity. Teams may have a maximum of 5 members. Individuals, or at least half of a team’s members, must be currently enrolled as students or have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) after March 1, 2018. If you are registering as part of a team, your team leader will need to register first and then you can register using your email address. For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit the Rules page. Once you are ready, click here to register.
There will be two distinct submission rounds.
Round one opens October 15, 2019 and closes January 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST. To prepare your submission you will need to complete an online questionnaire which will cover the following topics:
● Defining the problem you are solving
● Explaining the solution, including:
Its benefits and how it uses IoT or digital technologies
How it is unique and will be taken to market
Risks associated with the solution
● 90 second pitch video of team member(s) explaining the solution
● Additional supporting documentation:
Contact information for faculty advisor
Proof of eligibility (student or degree status)
All entries in their entirety, must be submitted in English, as outlined in the Rules. Videos with English subtitles are acceptable. Entries not submitted in English are subject to disqualification.Visit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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