Do you have a tech solution that positively impacts society? Apply for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge by February 11, 2022!

Cisco, a multinational technology conglomerate, seeks to support tech startups through their Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. The aim of this competition is to recognize and reward early-stage entrepreneurs worldwide whose tech business solutions are focused on social impact in their communities.

Successful applicants will benefit from peer and industry validation of their tech solutions and an opportunity for global recognition and publicity for their businesses. Additionally, successful applicants will receive the following cash prizes:

Panel vote:

  • A single team will be awarded USD 250,000 as a grand winner
  • Three teams globally (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Asia Pacific, Japan and China) will be awarded USD 75,000 each as regional first runner ups
  • Three teams will be awarded USD 50,000 each as second runners ups

People and employees’ choice:

  • The finalist entry who will receive the most votes will be awarded a people’s choice award, and they will receive USD 10,000.
  • The finalist entry who will receive the most votes will be awarded the Cisco Employees’ Choice award and will receive a cash prize of USD 15,000

Special prizes:

  • Special prizes for climate impact and regeneration prize won by a single team with a cash prize of USD 100,000 for the winner, USD 50,000 for the second runners up and USD 50,000 for the HBCU startup prize.

Interested applicants should fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for the Challenge:

  • Have tech solutions that use digital technology to positively impact society or the environment.
  • Applicants should have tech solutions focusing at least on one of these areas, including water or food security, health care, financial inclusion, education, accessibility, and the environment.
  • Applicants registering as individuals or a team must be above 18 years of age.
  • Applicants registering as business entities should be legally registered with the local authorities.

To apply for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, visit: CGPSC Application