Cisco, NASSCOM Foundation felicitate top 10 most enterprising start-up ideas

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Chennai, Dec 18 : Cisco thingQbator, a CSR initiative by Cisco in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation, today felicitated ten winning
start-ups of its 4th Cohort.

Launched in 2018, Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation have partnered with 18 universities to accelerate student entrepreneurship and build digital skills under the Cisco thingQbator program. “Cisco thingQbator” is a virtual makerspaces program run in these partner universities where students can learn about digital technologies in hands-on environment, turn their ideas into working prototypes, and in the process come up with local solutions to local problems.

The name “thingQbator” (a combination of Internet of Things and Incubator) was started as an internal incubator to identify and fund IoT ideas originating in Cisco’s engineer community, according to a release. The unique program, which successfully completed its third year, hosted a virtual felicitation ceremony, celebrating ten of the most promising and successful start-up ideas, which were chosen after a rigorous shortlisting process, from amongst the 150 ideas presented to various panels, some comprising senior executives from Cisco, and invitees from the industry.

Students and faculties from numerous universities, mentoring experts from the technology space, and start-up specialists attended this event hosted by NASSCOM Foundation.

Among the dignitaries who attended the event included Mr Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Skill. Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr.Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

More than 10,000 students have already been skilled and trained under the Cisco thingQbator program, with the ultimate aim to transform students’ mindsets into being employment generators rather than employment seekers.


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