Twenty of the UK’s most innovative startups have been shortlisted as semi-finalists for the Cisco Big Innovation Gateway (BIG) Awards.
This is the second year the networking giant Cisco has hunted for the best emerging technology startups the UK has to offer.
The chosen startups aim to solve a number of today’s technological challenges, including big data, collaboration, the internet of things and mobility.
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From the candidates, Movellas Ltd and TringLocal received the most votes from the BIG community and were automatically selected to go through to the semi-finals.
Cisco’s BIG Award semi-finalists:
- Presence Aware Tech
- Intern Avenue
- Actual Experience
Internet of Everything
- Zovolt Ltd
- Sleepio Ltd
- Movellas Ltd
- Bounts Limited
To vote for your favourite startup visit Cisco’s voting website.
The semi-finalists will meet this evening in London to network with the 2012 finalists and be paired with their BIG Award mentors who will support them on their journey through the competition.
From the 20 candidates, six finalists will be announced on 1 October from a public vote. The final on 14 November will consist of a Dragon’s Den-style pitch where the startups will present their business plans live to the judging panel.
The winner will receive a $200,000 prize and 12 months of mentoring and advice from Cisco and its partners, including PR, marketing, HR and legal services from Bird & Bird, DNX,Spigit, Right Management and Octopus Communications.
“Cisco was a startup,” said Tom Kneen, lead of the BIG Awards programme and head of business development at Cisco. “And the culture internally is startup-orientated. It’s a benefit to our staff – mentoring and supporting startups brings an entrepreneurial spirit back into Cisco. We’re motivated and inspired be working with these organisations.”
Cisco’s dedication to startups will not end after the BIG Awards. The supplier plans to launch an innovation centre for startups, IDEALondon, in September which will be situated in London’s Tech City in Shoreditch.
The programme will include a National Virtual Incubator which aims to collaborate with other startup clusters around the UK, using Cisco’s networking technology.