Cisco British Innovation Gateway

Take Your Ambition Further

About The BIG Awards

The BIG Awards funds and supports up-and-coming innovators, entrepreneurs and startups.

The competition will provide winners with:

  • Mentoring
  • Training
  • Access to business expertise from Cisco and other supporting organisations

There’ll also be the opportunity to develop, test and pilot new technologies, plus potential investment and partnering opportunities in the future.

This year, our main focus is the Internet of Everything (IoE). All submissions should be from businesses working to advance this area.

So, if you have an IoE business idea that’s already off the ground in some way, you could be in with a chance of winning. Better still, if you have a prototype or a proof of concept, we want to hear from you.


We’re still putting the finishing touches to our submissions process. We’ll be bringing you details on how you can submit your idea by the end of March.

Make sure to keep checking back for further updates.

Meet our 2013 big awards winners

BIG ideas, BIG prizes, BIG Awards winners – see why they stole the show!

Competition at the 2013 BIG Awards was intense. We had some impressive ideas and really outstanding entries across a range of industries and technologies – from amazing apps and sophisticated software to intelligent analytics.

So, hats off to everyone that was shortlisted and a massive congratulations to our BIG Awards winners:


uMotif stole the show, winning first place. uMotif creates applications and software to help people achieve their health goals through self-tracking. Its primary focus is on health, fitness and well-being, with apps that help post-operative recovery and the treatment of Parkinson's disease and Diabetes.

uMotif's entry met the brief for our internet of things (IOE) category, picking up a cheque for $100,000, in a total prize package of $200,000. The package includes 12 months of mentoring and advice from Cisco and its partners, including PR, marketing, HR and legal services from Octopus Communications, dnx, Right Management and Bird & Bird.


Whisk took second place for its impressive entry into the big data category. It’s an intelligent app that makes home cooking easy. It uses technology to understand recipes, wines, foods and supermarket products.

Actual Experience

Actual Experience picked up third place, also for its entry in the big data category. The smart analytics-as-a-service product reports how well software and applications are performing, then recommends ways to improve the experience.

You can keep up to date on our winners' ideas as their businesses and technologies develop.
Just keep an eye on the website.

You can also check out how Snap Fashion and Digital Shadows are doing since picking up at the BIG Awards 2012.



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