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).
AI/Deep Learning/Big Data
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.
We move at the “startup speed”
We build a win-win business model
We ensure your relationship continues well into the future
The Cisco EIR Difference
Corporate venturing where innovations become business outcomes
30+ Cisco BU strategic engagements (80%+ of Cisco EIR companies) to date
No equity stake upfront
Strategic Relationship At The Next Level
2 Cisco acquisitions to date
$50M-$100M raised from non-Cisco investors & 4 non-Cisco acquisitions to date
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.”
Founder and CEO of Pawaa (acquired by Cisco)
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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
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
Software & Office Space
Cisco EIR provides subsidized software from our partners as well as office space during our 6-month program
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.
Legal issues for startups
When and how to raise Series A
How to bootstrap
Tips on approaching VCs
How to work with corporate strategic partners
Public relations 101
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.
Work with you to understand your business and technology.
Jointly identify opportunities for collaboration and co-creation with Cisco.
Advise you on strategy and best practices to build relationships with Cisco teams and partners.
Execute on joint engineering and go-to-market opportunities, often involving Cisco partners and customers.
Tap our extensive partner network
Cisco EIR VC Circle
CiscoEIR@ Incubation Partners
We partner with local incubators to jointly support startups in innovation hubs outside Silicon Valley.
Cisco EIR Program Affiliates
We collaborate with leading startup community organizations, experts and technology providers.
Be part of a program with global reach
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.