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Contest for USA, Canada, and International individuals, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in eligible regions for innovative technologies that address social or environmental concerns. Funding areas of interest include accessibility, education, financial inclusion, healthcare, and critical human needs. The following regions are excluded from participation: Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Sudan.
The 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. Funding will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.
The goal is to advance early-stage startups with a dedicated team that are beyond the idea formation stage (i.e. have completed a proof of concept for the core functionality of the product/service, at a minimum), but which have not yet generated substantial funding and/or revenue at the time of submission. Applicants may be nonprofit or for-profit business entities, or they may not yet have formed a legal business entity.
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. 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 2022, in addition to the general prizes above Cisco is offering $350,000 USD in special prizes to support important solutions and focus areas.
The Climate Impact & Regeneration Prize will be awarded to a startup using technology to assist in any of the following:
Projects which combine any of the above in innovative ways will receive highest consideration.
HBCU Startup Prize
Cisco’s Social Justice Beliefs and Actions framework commits to the strategic recovery, sustainability and legacy of America's historically Black colleges and universities, post-COVID and beyond. Cisco believes in the importance of investing in African American/Black-owned startups. The HBCU Startup Prize will be awarded to a team with at least one founder who is a student or alumni of an HBCU, with an innovative technology solution that addresses a social or environmental problem.
GrantWatch ID#: 200205
1 Grand Prize; 3 First Runners-Up teams; 3 Second Runners-Up teams; 1 People's Choice team; 1 Cisco Employee's Choice team; 1 Climate Impact prize; 4 Climate Impact Runners-up teams; 1 HBCU Startup Prize
- $250,000 USD Grand Prize
- $75,000 USD Regional First Runners-Up
- $50,000 USD Second Runners-Up
- $10,000 USD People's Choice
- $15,000 USD Cisco Employees' Choice
- $100,000 USD Climate Impact & Regeneration Prize
- $50,000 USD Climate Impact & Regeneration Prize Runners-Up
- $50,000 USD HBCU Startup Prize
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi
Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting a pro
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for community benefit initiatives. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority is given to addressing the needs of low-income youth, children, and their families. The funding source s
Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with qualified USA institutions to advance research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's
Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga
Grants to New York and Pennsylvania families living in eligible areas and caring for a child with cancer to offset expenses related to the child's cancer treatments. Funding is intended to cover costs not covered by health insurance, including travel costs, housing, and
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.
Grants of up to $5,000 to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia nonprofit organizations for community-based social change initiatives in eligible areas. Funding is intended to support organizational operations. Eligible applicants are those serving communitie
Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects and capital campaigns that address community needs. Applicants requesting support for a capital campaign are asked to contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Projects are
Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length film projects. Funding is intended to support projects at any production phase from development through post-production. Priority will be give