social entrepreneurship

Astia is transforming the way we fund businesses

Cisco has invested in early-phase funding to help Astia develop a tech-enabled platform to source and screen companies applying to Astia for investment, and work to remove bias from the investment process. We recently sat down with Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, and Tanya Van Court, the CEO of Goalsetter, an investee company in Astia's portfolio, to learn more.

Choose to challenge: How investing in women strengthens families and communities

This year's theme for International Women's Day is "choose to challenge," which encourages every one of us to call out gender bias and inequality.

The importance of Ethical AI in creating a sustainable, equitable future

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge includes a $50,000 USD Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) Prize this year. This prize will be awarded to a startup designing artificial intelligence (AI) in an inherently ethical manner, so that the solution addresses social, environmental, or technological challenges.

What happens when the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge meets Digital Inclusivity?

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge includes a $50,000 USD Digital Inclusivity Prize this year. This prize will be awarded to a startup using technology that closes the ever-widening digital divide.

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge announces $50K USD Pandemic Response Prize

To help accelerate tech for good solutions that address the challenges created by the pandemic, the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 has added a special Pandemic Response Prize. The Pandemic Response Prize will be awarded to a startup responding to COVID-19 or future pandemic crises. The winning team will have an innovative technology solution that accelerates the response to, or recovery from, COVID-19 and its physical, social, or economic impact. The winner of the Pandemic Response Prize will be awarded $50,000 USD to accelerate the development of their solution.

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.

Innovating solutions to climate change: Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021

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 Greenhouse Gas Solutions Prize.

October 27, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco to Award $1 Million USD in Prizes to #TechForGood Startups

The 5th annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is underway. We are awarding $1M USD in prizes to early-stage tech entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s toughest problems.