Announcing the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 winners
June 29, 2021
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge–(CISCO)–At Cisco, we believe that technology, when thoughtfully and strategically applied, can bring positive, lasting change to people’s lives and communities, and can benefit the planet. That is why we invest in global problem solvers who are developing technology solutions that can protect the environment and create more equitable access to basic human needs, quality education, and economic opportunity – all of which people need to thrive.
We launched the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge in 2016 to jumpstart innovative ideas that benefit society, catalyze economic growth, and create jobs. Over the past four years, we’ve had the privilege to see tremendous innovation from every corner of the globe and the honor to award a total of $1.25 million USD to 43 start-ups in 15 countries.
This year, knowing that the need to support this type of entrepreneurship has never been greater, we increased the total annual prize pool to $1 million USD. We also expanded the eligibility criteria to include participants who may not be students or recent graduates of a college or university and added new special prizes. We received 1,745 team submissions from 126 countries this year, and we narrowed them down to 20 winning teams.
Leaf Global Fintech (United States) created a global virtual bank that refugees, migrants, and cross border traders can use to safely and affordably send and receive money.
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