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.

Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly is the leading provider of news, analysis, opinion, information and services for the UK IT community, and an advocate for UK IT professionals and the role of technology in improving organisations in all sectors of business and public life. On the web, on mobile and through face-to-face events, Computer Weekly aims to help senior IT professionals to:

  • Make better IT strategy and technology purchasing decisions;
  • Improve their knowledge and skills, and develop their careers;
  • Connect with the people and information they need to be successful in their jobs

Computer Weekly will be covering the Cisco BIG Awards, from start to finish, to keep you up to date on all the latest UK start-ups news and awards announcements.

dnx is a award winning, UK based integrated creative agency. Clients include leading technology and consumer brands across b2b and b2c. Its fully integrated with digital, marketing communications, social media and advertising campaign experience. Also, a top ten fastest-growing agency in the UK, dnx is the B2B Marketing Awards Agency of the Year.

The dnx prize is $30K worth of digital marketing support of a minimum of 185 hours to the winner, provided over a period of twelve months from the announcement of the winner. This will include marketing planning and strategy, social media training, SEM and digital marketing best practice.


MyKindaCrowd is a multi-award-winning crowd-sourcing site that connects young people with industry. More than 2,500 schools and colleges and 90% of universities are signed up. The concept is straight-forward: Organisations post challenges; students respond; and get rewarded for good ideas.

MyKindaCrowd are proud to support BIG and Cisco, delivering 20 live events across the UK as well as enabling BIG to reach the MyKindaCrowd online community of engaged young people. William Akerman, founder of, explains, “BIG is an inspirational initiative, connecting and supporting future technology and tech entrepreneurs. I'm delighted to be partnering BIG, building on last year's success”

We are Octopus Group, a sales-driven content marketing agency with a 10-year heritage communicating on behalf of technology brands. Our team is made up of marketing specialists, PR pioneers, design sages, social strategists, content masters, coders and research boffins. At Octopus Group we create content strategies that connect audiences with brands and transport them through to purchase. We are the brand to sales agency.

Right Management

Right Management is the global leader in talent and career management solutions. As the workforce consulting experts within ManpowerGroup, they design and deliver solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Their expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organisational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, Outplacement and Workplace Wellness.

Working alongside their workforce consulting team, the BIG awards winners will gain practical knowledge and advice about how to define future work models and people practices that achieve long term, sustainable business results.

Diversity of insight is often the source of the most innovative solutions. Spigit is a platform that enables organizations to tap into the collective intelligence of employees, customers, partners and fans to help tackle business objectives. By incorporating game mechanics, Spigit first engages people and then selects the most promising ideas through collaboration. Finally, with big data analytics, Spigit pinpoints actionable and predictive information that drives results.

Spigit is trusted by global and market-leading companies including, AAA, US Bank, City of New York, Estee Lauder and Capgemini. For more information about how you can enable crowd innovation for your enterprise, visit or email

Getting Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with the British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme. You can:

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

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