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Semi-finalists announced at Cisco's 2nd annual Innovation Grand Challenge

by Stephanie Chan

After drawing in huge numbers, the Challenge’s 15 semi-finalists were announced on October 5th.

15 innovative start-ups are one step closer to making their pitch at the Internet of Things World Forum in Dubai, December 6 and 7. 

We congratulate Chronocam from France, CONNECTHINGS from Spain, CyberFlow Analytics from the United States, CyberLighting, Ltd. from Finland, Eigen Innovations, Inc. from Canada, Green City Solutions from Germany, Humanitas from Canada, Igor from the United States, Inston, Inc. from the United States, Jolt from the United States, Less Industries from Argentina, Notion from the United States, Novelti from Spain, Nwave Technologies from the United Kingdom, and Simularity from the United States. 

Cisco's Innovation Grand Challenge seeks to discover the next greatest industry-disrupting solutions leveraging the Internet of Things. The company called upon startups and innovators to submit ideas that further the growth of the Internet of Things.

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Leading the Challenge efforts as Innovation Program Lead is Cisco’s Mathilde Durvy, who says that the entrepreneurship ecosystem had a record number of entries this year.

“We had 3000 participants from 100 countries!” says Durvy, “This is the result of our position as a thought leader in innovation, and the value we bring to the start-up community and partner ecosystem. The Challenge is ultimately about enabling new, valuable partnerships to form and pioneering solutions to emerge for market consumption.”

Through the challenge campaign, Cisco has connected with 150 of the top incubators, accelerators, and thought leaders in the tech industry. This allows the company to partner alongside disruptive thinkers and entrepreneurial ventures.

Cisco employees are also involved, with nearly 200 as volunteer judges.

“The innovation challenges are only one key piece of the puzzle. Cisco leverages relationships established through the challenges at each of the Cisco Innovation Centers to further engage with entrepreneurs and developers,” says Durvy. “The Entrepreneurs in Residence Programs, our investments in startup accelerators, and DevNet, Cisco’s developer program, are other good examples of our innovation strategy at work.”

Six finalists will be announced in November 2015. They will travel to Dubai to compete for one of three winner spots and cash awards.