Cisco British Innovation Gateway


Who We Are

The British Innovation Gateway (BIG) is a five-year programme to catalyse waves of hi-tech innovation in the UK. BIG has its roots in Cisco's 2012 Legacy Programme "Building A Brilliant Future".

The BIG programme, developed in consultation with No. 10 Downing Street and jointly announced by John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco and the Prime minister, Mr Cameron on 31 January 2011, is Cisco's contribution to both Tech City and the wider UK government growth and innovation agenda.

Cisco is working with a number of partners to develop the UK economy, transform the innovation system and support entrepreneurs.

These include:

Bird & Bird

International law firm Bird & Bird is recognised as a market leader in the technology and communications sectors. Its diverse client list is at various stages of the corporate life cycle, from startups to multinationals. The firm brings passion and practical insight together with its clients' vision, to achieve real commercial advantage.

Bird & Bird are providing up to $15,000 worth of legal advice, a legal workshop and ongoing mentoring for one year to the winner, and a legal workshop and mentoring support to the second place, and a further legal workshop to the third place runner-up.


Chime is an international communications and sports marketing group, comprised of brand communications agency Good Relations, integrated technology communications agency Harvard, CSM Sport & Entertainment, the VCCP Partnership in advertising and marketing services, OPEN Health in healthcare communications, and CIE our insight and engagement group.

Chime is made up of 56 agencies and over 2000 people. We have offices in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Brazil.

Kreston Reeves

Kreston Reeves is a leading accountancy and financial services firm located across London and the South East of England. We provide a full range of accountancy, business advisory and financial services that help our UK and international clients achieve their personal and business goals, with peace of mind. For over 25 years we have helped technology companies set up, develop and grow their businesses. Our clients range from Silicon Valley based multinationals who we have assisted set up a technology base in the UK, to advising an individual entrepreneur in Tech City with a great idea.


YouNoodle is a growing global network for startups and an end-to-end digital platform used by some of the biggest brands, universities, governments and more, to create, manage, and judge startup competitions. YouNoodle has created a global talent network of over 50,000 startups across more than 400 competitions and has become a premier resource for expanding access to the best ideas and brightest talent across the globe.

Getting Involved

There are many ways for customers, businesses and innovation organisations to get involved with the British Innovation Gateway programme. You can:

  • Join the BIG Awards judging panel
  • Become a Business Mentor
  • Join the National Virtual Incubator
  • Become a Sponsor
  • Visit IDEALondon

To find out more please send your interest here.


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