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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 for early-stage Entrepreneurs ($1,000,000 USD in prize money)

Date: Dec 3, 2021

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 thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. With 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 6th annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world. 

$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.


$250,000 USD Grand Prize

A single team will be designated the grand prize winner.

$75,000 USD Regional First Runners-Up

Three teams from around the world (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.

$10,000 USD People's Choice

The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

$15,000 USD Cisco Employees' Choice

The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the Cisco Employees' Choice Award.

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. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here.

Want more information?

Want to learn more about the Challenge or tips on how to produce a winning pitch video? Join our upcoming informational webinars, where a team of experts will answer your questions about the Challenge. Learn more and sign up here

Applications Open

November 30, 2021, 10:00 am

Applications Close Feb 11 at 5 pm PT

February 11, 2022, 5:00 pm

Semi-Finalists Invited to Submit

April 26, 2022, 10:00 am

Semi-Finalist Submissions Close May 20 at 5 pm PT

May 20, 2022, 5:00 pm

Finalists Announced and People's Choice Voting Opens

July 5, 2022, 10:00 am

People's Choice Voting Closes

July 29, 2022, 5:00 pm

Winners Announced

August 23, 2022, 10:00 am



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