Cisco Start-Up Programmes

Welcome to Cisco.  And welcome to our range of start-up programmes that have been especially created with you in mind.

Whether you've got a great idea that needs nurturing or you're a mature start-up wanting to grow.  Whether it’s collaboration or inspiration that you’re seeking, like-minded or open-minded that will help, we’ve got it covered.

Designed to support, encourage and fast-track tech start-ups in the UK and Ireland, Cisco’s Start-Up Programmes have been carefully created to support and empower you every step of the way as you journey from idea to thriving small business:


Cisco 50 Community

In conjunction with Leading Edge Only, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Cisco 50 community, designed to help promote Internet of Things and Cyber Security focused start-ups.  Showcasing the most promising start-up innovations, we are delighted to offer start-ups the opportunity to join our Cisco 50 community and benefit from a 6-month free listing opportunity on Leading Edge Only, on us!  To submit your innovation, send a synopsis to



The BIG Awards

An open innovation competition, designed to find the very best in new Internet of Everything ideas across the UK.  An ideal platform for tech start-ups at the Proof of Concept stage, previous winners have gone on to great successes.  Entries for 2015 have now closed but a new competition will be announced in Spring 2016 – visit for more information.





An innovation centre based in the heart of London’s Tech City, IDEALondon is a post accelerator programme formed through a partnership between Cisco, University College London and DC Thompson.  Based on a philosophy of empowerment and enablement, from the immediate opening working environment to a training programme accessed when you and your business needs it, our goal is clear – to support you in achieving long-term business sustainability.

Through refreshingly light-touch, high-relevance support IDEALondon enables you to grow in confidence and capability as you journey from mature start-up to sustainable business.   To find out more, including how to apply for IDEALondon, visit



The National Virtual Incubator Alliance

A collaboration network based in business schools, science parks, universities and innovation centres throughout the UK, the NVI is your gateway to making the most of your business. We recognise that innovation doesn’t just happen in London and that’s why we’ve helped to establish the NVI alliance.  Cisco collaboration technology is installed in each of the NVI “nodes” (including IDEALondon), enabling start-ups, students and entrepreneurs to connect and collaborate with like-minded people throughout the UK to share ideas and knowledge, and benefit from virtual events, mentoring, business support, communication and exploring opportunities across the community. To find your local node, visit


To find out more about our start-up programmes and how you can get involved, visit:

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