Cisco announces LaunchPad to accelerate the innovation ecosystem


Kochi: Cisco today announced LaunchPad, an open innovation initiative to accelerate startups and support growth in India’s developer community. Cisco® LaunchPad is designed to help startups, its authorised channel partners and developers scale their solutions, address new markets and build digital businesses.

Cisco’s finest teams will mentor start-ups and developers on how to help create digital solutions to enable enterprise customers, service providers and other enablers in the public and private sphere to connect the next three billion people and 50 billion devices through digitisation, matching appealing ideas with business expertise and connecting engineering talent with investors and customers. Cisco will also provide a space at its Bangalore campus with access to a suite of Cisco technologies and free grants to start-ups chosen to work at its campus.

Amit Phadnis, President, Engineering & India Site Leader, Cisco said, “Imagine the innovation you will create when you provide global scale to the best ideas of the world’s youngest startup nation and second biggest developer community. Through Cisco LaunchPad we want to unleash the next generation of disruptive ideas and help turn the entrepreneurs of today into the business leaders of tomorrow.”

Cisco LaunchPad will involve a rigorous selection process based on the viability of applicants’ business plans, the strength of their teams and their alignment with Cisco’s digitization vision. The startups will get an opportunity to work on solving business relevant problems by catering to use cases that are identified and validated by Cisco go-to-market teams.

The programme will focus on the innovation and monetization opportunities in these industries and will help unlock new markets. The successful applicants will have unprecedented access to Cisco, the company’s channel partner ecosystem and select customers, and will offer startups a worldwide go-to-market engine to validate and scale innovative ideas.

In his comments, K S Vishwanathan, VP, NASSCOM said, “Cisco LaunchPad will be a tremendous accelerator for startups to develop digital solutions that reach a global market.”

Ravi Gururaj, CEO, said, “Cisco LaunchPad is a powerful example of how the world’s leading companies can provide robust platforms that help promising India startups and developers benefit from deep customer insights, locally relevant products and global scale.”

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