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A Cisco-Startups-Partners Initiative

Innovation and startups have always been central to Cisco's DNA. Startups form the foundation of our multi-billion dollar businesses of today and tomorrow. Our journey in India began over 20 years ago. Today we are a dynamic innovation engine with a 6500+ R&D workforce that generates 2 patents a week on average.

We are at an inflection point with Digitization creating opportunities like never before – leveling the playing field for businesses, individuals, and society at large. The next 3 billion people on the Internet and the next 50 billion connected devices are our biggest innovation opportunity as well as challenge.

We believe that innovation is no longer a 'one-thing-at-a-time' linear methodology: an ecosystem of companies, startups, and partners is critical to harnessing the full potential of Digitization.

Cisco LaunchPad is a one of a kind platform that brings together Cisco technologies, startups, and the partner/developer community to deliver business relevant end-to-end Digital Solutions. LaunchPad is more than an Accelerator – it's an opportunity to be part of an innovation ecosystem. In addition to technology and business mentorship, LaunchPad offers startups a worldwide Go-To-Market engine to validate and scale innovative ideas.

Come join us in this expedition!

Cisco Startup Program

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Program Offerings

Cisco LaunchPad Program aims to support startups in your entrepreneurial journey and help you scale to the next level by providing the critical resources you need.

  • Application Deadline


    February 8, 2017

  • Cohort-2 Start


    April 3, 2017

  • Demo Day


    August 9, 2017

  • Mentorship


    Internal Cisco mentors (Principal/Distinguished Engineers, Product Management, Sales) and external experts offer immense industry and subject matter expertise, and will guide startups on technology, products, and business.

  • Customer and Partner Access

    Customer and Partner Access

    Startups gain access to Cisco customer and partner facing events and to select customers/partners for proofs-of-concept or demos on a case-by-case basis.

  • Grants


    Get a grant of US$8000 upon graduation. Up to US$200 per month is available to support the IT needs of startups.

  • Investor Connections

    Investor Connections

    Interactions with the angel investor and venture capital community give startups the right direction to fuel your growth story.

  • Co-working Space

    Co-working Space

    A world-class co-working space in the Cisco campus helps ensure that startups get the right environment to work in and collaborate with others.

  • Technology Support

    Technology Support

    Startups have access to industry-leading Cisco technology platforms in Networking, Security, Cloud, IoT, and Collaboration worth US$1M.

  • Validated Use Cases

    Validated Use Cases

    Startups will help address use cases and business problems that have been validated by Cisco Go-To-Market (GTM) teams, ensuring a strong product-market fit.

  • Business Support Services

    Business Support Services

    Startups get assistance with support services like legal, tax/finance, IT, marketing/communication, and HR.

  • Worldwide Go-To-Market (GTM)

    Worldwide Go-To-Market (GTM)

    Cisco’s GTM teams will enable startups with disruptive innovations to access global markets.

Meet Our Experts

  • Ganapathy Subramaniam

    Ganapathy Subramaniam

    Venture Partner, Walden International

    Expertise: Semi-conductor, Investments in Tech Companies

  • Gita Dang

    Gita Dang

    Founder Director, Talent Advisory Services Private

    Expertise: Leadership and Talent Management, Executive Coaching and Consulting

  • Balakrishnan Kavikkal

    Balakrishnan Kavikkal

    CEO/Managing Director at Servion Global Solutions Ltd

    Expertise: Customer Experience Management

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The Role of Network in IoT

In my last blog, we looked at the critical role that the network plays in securing the enterprise. In this one, let’s look at the role that the network will play in IoT. The number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by the year 2020. There is a more bullish estimate of this – 200 billion by the year 2020. That would be anywhere between 6 and 24 devices for every person on earth. This will be accompanied by an increase in the global spending on IoT devices and services from $656 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020. Homes, cars and wearables are all getting smarter…sensors and modules will constitute close to 32% of everything that connects to the network. Read More


The Role of the Network in Securing the Enterprise

The recent increase in the rate and the severity of cyber-attacks have forced organizations across the board to rethink their security strategy and ensure data security at the highest levels. Sarav Our Cisco LaunchPad Mentor and a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, talks about the Role of the Network in Securing the Enterprise Read More


Cisco LaunchPad First Startup Cohort Commencement with 8 Startups

On June 30, 2016, Cisco India announced Cisco LaunchPad, an open innovation initiative to support startups and accelerate growth in India's developer community. It is projected that by 2020 India will have 11,500+ startups in the country[i], most of which will be in the technology space. Cisco LaunchPad is conceptualized to streamline the fragmented efforts in the domain of tech innovations by creating an ecosystem of startups and partners to create a greater impact on the next wave of digitization in the country and the region. Read More

Amit Phadnis | October 4, 2016

Announcing Cisco LaunchPad: A Startups – Partners Initiative

In recent times, we have seen disruptive digitization that has transformed markets and displaced incumbents. The 'uberization' of services is considered to be one of the most important economic movements of this decade. Today, we need to pay attention to digitization ideas from individuals and cross domain player resulting in not only new solution but also in new business models. In general, we are seeing equalization of opportunity across the globe. Read More

Amit Phadnis | June 29, 2016