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Be the Next Big Thing in

IoE/IoT

AI/Deep Learning/Big Data

Cloud

Enterprise Mobility

Security

Blockchain

Cisco’s corporate venturing program for startups and scaleups


Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) is a corporate venturing program aimed at startups & scaleups – a hyper-efficient platform to build long-term strategic relationships & business outcomes with Cisco Business Units (BUs).
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Cloud
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Enterprise Mobility
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Security
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Blockchain
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Team up with the worldwide leader in technology


It can be challenging for early-stage companies to get traction with enterprise customers. Cisco EIR gives entrepreneurs a hyper-efficient platform to validate their fit with Cisco and to build strategic relationships with Cisco BUs.
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Agility
We move at the “startup speed”
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Business Model
We build a win-win business model
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Continuity
We ensure your relationship continues well into the future

The Cisco EIR Difference

Corporate venturing where innovations become business outcomes

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Tangible Outcome
30+ Cisco BU strategic engagements (80%+ of Cisco EIR companies) to date
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“Engagement First”
No equity stake upfront
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Strategic Relationship At The Next Level
2 Cisco acquisitions to date
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Ecosystem Approach
$50M-$100M raised from non-Cisco investors & 4 non-Cisco acquisitions to date
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Exit Rate: 20%
Hear what our startups have to say
“Standing out as a startup in the enterprise space is challenging. Cisco EIR enabled Pawaa to accelerate our growth and attract top-tier customers.”
Prakash Baskaran
Founder and CEO of Pawaa (acquired by Cisco)
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Get resources to support your success

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Strategic Relationships & Business Outcomes
Each company is assigned a Cisco BU executive sponsor from Day 1, gains direct access to Cisco BU teams & explores co-creation & joint GTM opportunities with Cisco
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Financial Support & Potential Strategic Funding
  • Cisco EIR provides cost subsidies for EIR-related activities
  • In addition, companies are encouraged to explore NRE opportunities with their sponsoring Cisco organizations
  • Startups/scaleups that demonstrate strong traction with Cisco and potential for long-term strategic relationships may be evaluated for strategic funding from Cisco
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Software & Office Space
Cisco EIR provides subsidized software from our partners as well as office space during our 6-month program
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Ecosystem Support
  • Cisco EIR hosts events (Demo Day, Reception, workshops, VC lunches) throughout our 6-month program to help build relationships among our startups/scaleups, key Cisco stakeholders and ecosystem partners, including VCs & legal/accounting/marketing/PR experts
  • Cisco EIR actively supports the companies in their non-Cisco funding efforts by leveraging our VC network

Speakers and Events

Our speaker events bring legal, marketing/PR and other startup experts to you for workshops and more.
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Legal issues for startups
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When and how to raise Series A
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How to bootstrap
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Tips on approaching VCs
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How to work with corporate strategic partners
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Public relations 101
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Team culture as a competitive advantage

Meet our advisors and mentors committed to helping you


Our network of advisors are here to share their expertise, support and know-how.
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Work with you to understand your business and technology.
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Jointly identify opportunities for collaboration and co-creation with Cisco.
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Advise you on strategy and best practices to build relationships with Cisco teams and partners.
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Execute on joint engineering and go-to-market opportunities, often involving Cisco partners and customers.

CiscoEIR@ Incubation Partners


We partner with local incubators to jointly support startups in innovation hubs outside Silicon Valley.
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Cisco EIR Program Affiliates


We collaborate with leading startup community organizations, experts and technology providers.
Influencer Organizations
Kairos Society TIE Con TIE Con
Service Firms
Fenwick KPMG
Software
Amazon Web Services freshdesk
HubSpot Microsoft BizSpark
Marketing
Golin Launch Squad
Pulse Point
Accelerators/Influencer Organizations
The Accelerator Network BLN Events worth attending Cambridge Network Cylon Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority eban eit Digital Enterprise Ireland ef Fintech Circle Greater London Authority Hacker House Innovate Finance l39 London partners Mind the Bridge Nesta Pioneers Festival Runway East Silicon Valley comes to the UK Startup Europe Partnership Tech City Tech London Advocates UK Business Angels
Service Firms
Entiq Grant Thornton inevert KPMG Outlier Ventures Whitespace Ventures Wiggin
Software
Amazon Web Services FreshDesk HubSpot Microsoft BizSpark

Be part of a program with global reach

Apply Now!


Ready to be the next big thing in IoT/IoE, AI/deep learning/analytics, enterprise mobility, security or blockchain application? Join us today to help shape the future of enterprise IT with Cisco.
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