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Skild is thrilled to announce the launch of the fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge — with the largest prize pool ever!

Since initiating the Challenge in 2016 in an effort to jumpstart innovative ideas that benefit society, catalyze economic growth, and create jobs, Cisco has had the privilege to see tremendous innovation from every corner of the globe and the honor to award $1.25 million to 43 startups in 15 countries.

And Skild has had the privilege of powering Cisco’s efforts from the very beginning, as the company tackled a wide range of social and environmental challenges, from cervical cancer and bee extinction to crop depletion and lack of clean drinking water.

For the 2021 challenge, Cisco has nearly tripled the prize pool, which now stands at $1 million, with the grand prize winner receiving $250,000. Expanded categories include Greenhouse Gas Solutions, Ethical AI, Digital Inclusivity, HBCU Startup, and Pandemic Response.

Throughout the years, Cisco has recognized the importance of putting their money, resources, and brand toward a meaningful effort at solving problems that impact each and every one of us. As we move into 2021, their efforts have never been more essential. 


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