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The investment in technology to support London 2012 was staggering. Now, post-Games, the challenge turns to keeping it alive; utilising what remains to help build businesses, serve the community, and create a brighter future for technological innovation in the UK.

One way Cisco is helping to achieve this is through the RAPTOR grant scheme.

In a nutshell, RAPTOR’s goal is to build a digital ecosystem of SMEs that will develop new applications, services and businesses for the urban environment, specifically in the transportation and retail sectors, by harnessing the power of the open network. The project will create new value chains and deliver exciting, innovative user experiences.

RAPTOR’s home is the Greenwich Peninsula — a thriving 346-acre work/live/play urban community, with an impressive digital reputation. Greenwich is one of the SMART cities of the future, it uses integrated systems to run everything from healthcare to transportation and its partners like Cisco, in collaboration with local government, that help make it a reality.

Another exciting landmark of the peninsula is Ravensbourne College, a leading HE college of design and communication with a digital innovation hub that offers students, staff, graduates, alumni and businesses access to leading edge facilities and creativity. In short: everything a digital start-up needs.

So where does Cisco fit in? Firstly, RAPTOR enables us to utilise our Olympic technology investment and maintain our commitment to the London 2012 legacy. Secondly, it supports Cisco’s reputation as the worldwide leader for networking for the internet.

Lastly, it reinforces our vision to provide network-related educational support to the next generation – something we’re already doing through the Cisco Networking Academy, where we help students develop the foundational ICT skills needed to design, build and manage networks.

Through these initiatives, we hope more people than ever can take advantage of the opportunities to build a brighter future for technology – and a lasting legacy for London 2012.

The future’s already looking promising for these RAPTOR hopefuls, who’ve made it through to the second round. Congratulations to: Lamppost Technology, WeLikeShopping, The Genie Tool, Oprillo User Platform, Thames Clipper Web and Mobile App, Web enabled home energy monitoring, Web enabled comparison software, The Peninsula Specialist, amBX Dynamic Transport Lighting, amBX enabled Green Communities, Grab, and getVisable.

To discover more about RAPTOR and the opportunities it offers SMEs, visit www.raptorsme.com

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