We are excited to join with Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) to launch CiscoEIR@CIE, a joint incubation program supporting early-stage entrepreneurs (Series A, seed/angel-funded, or self-funded) working on game-changing ideas in the Internet of Everything (IoE), cloud computing, Big Data, analytics and other transformational areas.
CiscoEIR@CIE Incubation Program
CiscoEIR@CIE brings together the world-class technical expertise and resources of Cisco & the innovative spirit and entrepreneurial programs of CIE, a multidisciplinary hub fostering startup centered in the Hyde Park area of Chicago with deep connections into the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University & local accelerators/incubators. The co-incubation program is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs in the Chicago region to bring their ideas to reality in collaboration with Cisco & CIE.
Startups selected for CiscoEIR@CIE will receive financial support from both Cisco & CIE, access CIE’s co-working space & program events in Hyde Park, mentoring by experts from Cisco & CIE, and opportunities to collaborate with Cisco engineering & product teams. Our goal is to help accelerate startups’ product development & business growth – and help them realize their big visions in the best possible way.
Read the full announcement here.
The Innovation Challenge
As part of CiscoEIR@CIE – and as a precursor to our Chicago-based co-incubation program – we launched an innovation challenge themed around IoE & Big Data/analytics. Winners of the Chicago Innovation Exchange + Cisco Innovation Challenge will receive public recognition from Cisco & CIE, feedback on their business and technology from industry experts & preferential consideration for admission into the co-incubation program of CiscoEIR@CIE launching in Hyde Park this fall. The top 2 teams will be automatically admitted into the program with all the accompanying benefits.
The application period for the challenge just ended. Stay tuned for updates on the finalists and winners.