entrepreneurship

Dream. Plan. Execute: Stirring Up Magic with our First-Ever Entrepreneurship Award for HBCUs

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is a competition that awards cash prizes to early-stage technology entrepreneurs solving the world's social and environmental problems. This year, we are also offering a HBCU Startup Prize.

Meet Caeli: People’s Choice Award Winner for India Impact and the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Caeli is the first anti-pollution mask that is not only portable, but can track the health of the patient as well as medication usage through an app. They won both the Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 People’s Choice Award ($10,000 USD) and India Impact People’s Choice Award ($5,000 USD). Learn more from their team.

Meet Preemar: A Third Runner-Up of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Preemar makes a device called Pro-viden, that reduces aquaculture losses by measuring water parameters. The data is loaded onto the Pro-Viden app where farmers can monitor the results of their water quality. Learn more from their CEO, Alejandro Valdés Martínez.

Meet Neurafarm: A Third Runner-Up of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Neurafarm has developed AI-powered crop protection and management apps to identify plant disease and pests, increase harvest, connect with experts, and tap into bigger markets. Learn more from co-founders of Neurafarm, CEO Febi Agil Ifdillah and Chief of Agriculture Lintang Kusuma Pratiwi, winners of a Third Runner-Up $10,000 USD prize.

Meet Majicom: A Third Runner-Up of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Majicom is developing a unique water kiosk that can be used to build digital water ecosystems to provide communities across urban Africa with convenient and affordable water. Learn more from their founder, Mike Coto, winner of a Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 Third Runner-Up $10,000 USD prize.

Meet Intelligent Hives: A Third Runner-Up of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Intelligent Hives provides an easy-to-use intelligent apiary management system that increases beekeepers’ revenues and reduces global bee extinction. Learn more from their founder, Sebastian Górecki, winner of a Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 Third Runner-Up $10,000 USD prize.

Meet PS-1925: An India Impact Runner-Up of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

PS-1925 is a device that decreases the amount of prolonged pesticide exposure to those who manually spray pesticides. We recently sat down with founders Shefali Vinod Ramteke and Pawaan Kumar to learn more about what it was like to be awarded an India Impact Runner-Up prize of $10,000 USD.

Meet Hydrotec Solutions: An India Impact Runner-Up of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Hydrotec Solutions has created a device that uses embedded technology to clean and dispense drinking water automatically, utilizing a system that is both accessible and sustainable. Learn more from the team about what it was like to be awarded an India Impact Runner-Up prize of $10,000 USD.

Meet Sensegrass: India Impact Grand Prize Winner for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Sensegrass has created a smart farming solution that combines IoT sensors and AI agronomical software to allow farmers to measure data and analyze the health of their soil. Learn more from their founders who were awarded the India Impact Grand Prize of $25,000 USD.