This award is aimed at startup or early stage businesses which are building a high growth potential businesses in the Internet of Things (IoT). The award is open to any aspect or application of IoT. The business should have received angel investment in the past 18 months and could have also accessed other finance sources.

Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the IoT business is innovative, has the capability to disrupt the market or industry and has capacity to achieve high growth.  Applicants must show how the investment has facilitated the growth potential and competitiveness of the company. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.

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Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) is Cisco’s corporate venturing program that recognizes and supports early-stage entrepreneurs focusing on the Internet of Everything/Things (IoE/IoT), AI/Deep Learning/Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, Cloud, Security and other transformational opportunities. The program provides startups/scaleups with opportunities to build strategic relationships with Cisco Business Units & executives, co-working space, software, financial support and potential strategic funding. Originally launched in Silicon Valley in 2013, Cisco EIR has expanded its presence across the US, Europe and beyond – and has created co-creation and partnership opportunities with Cisco for 27 startups/scaleups from over a half-dozen countries to date, with six more companies poised to join this year.