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About the Program

By 2020, 24 billion IoT devices are expected to be deployed globally, with USD 6 trillion as the projected spend on innovative IoT solutions.

The IoT Innovation Accelerator program springs from the shared vision of CIIE-IIMA and Cisco to bring about change through disruptive connectivity start-ups in India. The program looks to target India's seemingly intractable challenges in industry 4.0, agri-tech, clean-tech, civic-tech, and health-tech.

The program is designed to accelerate the journey of 10 selected start-ups towards growth, scalability, and commercialization.

Program Benefits

Catalytic Capital of INR 17.50 Lakhs (approx USD 25,000) to 10 top start-ups

CIIE will consider seed-funding up to INR 70 lakhs in 2 start-ups

Access to CIIE's exclusive network of founders, mentors and practitioners working towards innovation

Customized problem-solving support and strategic advisory

Access to industry experts from CIIE and technical mentors from CISCO

Pilot opportunities with partner organizations

Service partners for cloud, marketing & other support worth over INR 20 lakhs

Extensive visibility through our platforms and networks

Portfolio support up to a year providing market, channel and investor connects

Focus Areas

Markets and verticals

  • Industrial IoT
  • Smart City/Smart Government
  • Smart Home/Smart Building
  • Digital Health/Personal Wellness
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Automotive/Mobility/Autonomous Vehicles

Enabling Technologies

  • Sensors
  • Networking and Security
  • Cloud Infrastructure/Platforms/Development Tools
  • Image Processing/Sensor Fusion
  • Big Data Analytics/Machine Learning/Deep Learning

VC Gopalratnam

Senior Vice-President, IT and Executive Sponsor - Cisco India CSR

We believe we have an opportunity now to leverage technology, ingenuity and social consciousness to solve some of India's most pressing social challenges. Through this partnership with CIIE, we seek to inspire and empower a new generation of problem solvers and hope to accelerate our journey towards positively impacting 50 million beneficiaries by 2025.


Abhinandan Jain

Chintan Antani

Eric Batliwala

Nilay Doshi

Susmita Ghosh

Tapish Bhatt

Vipul Patel

Yash Joglekar