Cisco British Innovation Gateway

Take Your Ambition Further


The BIG Awards are back for 2015, and this year we're focused on the Internet of Everything (IoE). All submissions should be from innovators, entrepreneurs and startups working to advance this area.

What is IoE?
We see it as bringing together people, process, data and things to create relevant, valuable networked connections. It’s turning information into actions. And presenting businesses, individuals and countries with:

  • New capabilities
  • Richer experiences
  • Increased economic opportunities

The 2015 Finalists
The 6 finalists for the BIG awards 2015 have now been announced.

The judges really had their work cut out for them this year, analysing, assessing and scrutinising a stellar line–up of innovative start-up business. This year we were looking for businesses working to advance the internet of things (IoT), and we’re pleased to announce 6 finalists that we believe are breaking exciting new ground in this area.

See more details about all 6 finalists below.

You can find out what they have to do in the next stage of the process, and answers to any other questions you may have, on our FAQs page.



The 6 companies through to the final are:

The company offers a wireless network platform for M2M communications and the IoE that provides low–cost, low–power communications between devices and the cloud.
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Asset Mapping
An open platform that enables real–time visualisation and monitoring of assets within the built environment. Asset Mapping delivers significant savings in building management and energy costs.
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The company offers an application that enables companies to continually track their cargo through smart pallets and an IoT supply chain platform.
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i2i Pipelines Ltd
Advanced electromagnetic sensor technology with a simple operational design, providing oil and gas pipeline operators with an innovative, low-cost solution for inline inspection.
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Powering the IoT (EMD Ltd)
The company harvests energy from the environment by delivering small, ultra-low-power requirement sensor/transmitter devices.
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Ingress One
A software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that helps organisations to manage building entry and access control via mobile and tablet applications.
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Find out more about the finalists by clicking the links. And watch this space for further news about the BIG Awards, and to see who is crowned this year’s winner.


1st place (1 Prize)

  • $100,000 cash prize plus mentoring and support in technology, Legal, Marketing/PR and Financial/Tax Advice from Cisco and our BIG Awards partners - Bird & Bird, Chime and Kreston Reeves - Total Value $220,000

2nd place (1 Prize)

  • $25,000 Cash Prize plus mentoring and support in Technology, GTM, Legal and Financial/Tax from Cisco and our BIG Awards partners - Bird & Bird, Chime and Kreston Reeves - Total Value $75,000

3rd place (1 Prize)

  • $10,000 Cash Prize plus mentoring and support in Technology, GTM, Legal and Financial/Tax from Cisco and our BIG Awards partners - Bird & Bird, Chime and Kreston Reeves - Total Value $45,000

Prizes provided by third party vendor(s) are subject to additional agreements with terms to be determined between the winner(s) and the relevant third party vendor(s). For complete official rules, please see Terms & Conditions.


17 March 2015
The BIG Awards launch – the 2015 awards are under way

1 June 2015
Entries close – it's your final day to get your entry in

13 July 2015
Semi-finalists announced – find out who's made the shortlist

29 July 2015
Meet the mentors – your chance to meet some of our mentors at an exclusive event

28 September 2015
Finalists announced – find out who's made it to the final

22 October 2015
BIG Awards Live final – the winner and runners up are announced

About The BIG Awards

The BIG Awards has been funding and supporting up-and-coming innovators, entrepreneurs and startups since 2012.

Over the last few years we've provided winners with:

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

We've also given startups the opportunity to develop, test and pilot new technologies, plus potential investment and partnering opportunities in the future.


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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