Cisco and our industry ecosystem are here to help

We are a startup incubation program building strategic relationships with early-stage entrepreneurs who are about to reshape our industry’s future through truly disruptive technologies.


You will gain access to Cisco engineering, product and go-to-market teams most relevant to your technology. You will collaborate towards a shared engineering or business outcome.


From Day 1, you will be supported and guided by a Cisco executive sponsor to maximize the value of your incubation experience. He/she will be your chief advocate inside Cisco and our global partner ecosystem.


You will be able to scale your revenue and customer base through Cisco’s customer network, partner ecosystem and go-to-market channels.


You will receive financial support to cover your costs* of participating in our 6-month program. In addition, you will be assessed as a potential candidate for strategic funding from Cisco.
*Subject to our program policy

Meet our startup family

We have a proven track record of helping early-stage startups just like yours
succeed. Find the right customers with us and achieve your product vision.

Full support every step of the way

We offer co-working spaces, software tools and other resources from Cisco to help you maximize the value of your incubation experience.

Cisco Workspace

Co-Working Spaces

Set up shop at one of our co-working spaces in Silicon Valley worry-free. We offer you free** co-working spaces so that you can focus on developing your product and growing your business. Looking for somewhere closer to home? We’ve got you covered. Check out our partner locations in San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Vienna (Austria).
**Certain taxes may apply

Growth-hack your startup with Cisco

EIR events designed for you

Networking events

Private lunches and mixers with Silicon Valley’s top VCs

Marketing and PR opportunities

Topical speaker events

Our speaker events bring legal, marketing/PR and other startup experts to you for workshops and more.

Legal issues  for startups

Legal issues
for startups

When & how  to raise Series A

When and how to
raise Series A


How to

Tips on
approaching VCs

How to work with corporate strategic partners

Public relations 101

Team culture as a competitive advantage

Our executive sponsors and
advisors help you succeed

From Day 1, every startup gets paired with a Cisco executive sponsor, his/her team and a network of advisors from Silicon Valley and beyond. They are your biggest advocates throughout your incubation with us.

Our advisors pay it forward

Our team of over 40 advisors are here to offer 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.

Cisco EIR VC Circle (US)

We leverage our relationships with some of the top VCs in Silicon Valley to help you grow.

CiscoEIR@ Incubation Partners

Through our CiscoEIR@ programs, we partner with local incubators and jointly support startups in innovation hubs outside Silicon Valley.

Cisco EIR Program Affiliates

We partner with leading startup community organizations, experts and technology providers.

We provide global opportunities

Our global footprint and local incubation partners allow you to innovate with us wherever you are (well, almost!)

Join Us

Let’s together shape the future of IoE, Smart Cities, Big Data/analytics, enterprise mobility and security!