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Cisco Innovation Challenge


Win seed money to launch or grow your projects at the Cisco Innovation Challenge!

The goal of this challenge is to empower a generation of global problem solvers to suggest new Internet of Everything solutions and technologies.  Examples include solutions that connect more devices and everyday objects to the internet or other networks to address challenges in education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, smart cities, or other industries. 

The live pitch event is limited to 8 pitches, which will be selected from the pool of registrants by local judges. Submissions may be entered as individuals or teams. The maximum number of team members for a single pitch is limited to 3 persons. Each individual or team pitching may enter one idea or concept.

This event is supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF).

Competitors of the Cisco Innovation Challenge are invited to participate in the Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Research Study.


Open to all students at Maricopa Community College students. Students from all majors and fields of study are encouraged to apply.  There are no GPA restrictions, and students may be at any stage with their idea to submit for consideration. 


First Place $5,000
Second Place $3,000
Third Place $2,000


Elizabeth Cantú, Ph.D.
Program Manager for Underserved Communities Programs

(480) 884-1546 

Partners + Sponsors

The Cisco Innovation Challenge is supported by grant funding from the Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and is made possible in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges and Cisco Systems.

Cisco-SVCF funding at ASU E+I advances culturally responsive entrepreneurship programs in underserved communities, including:

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