Solving the world’s most pressing challenges through open innovation and partnership.


  • Identifying the best solutions to specific, actionable challenges through open innovation.
  • Building and convening a community of leaders and changemakers committed to partnering together to pilot and implement these solutions.
Meet the solve team

Core Values

    While big challenges exist in the world, they are solvable.
    No one organization, sector or industry can solve these challenges alone.
    Talent and ingenuity are everywhere, and we must tap into them.
    Solutions must start, end, and involve the people they’re designed for.
    Solutions will include a technological component, but must also address political, economic, and cultural barriers and ensure that technology is adopted by most underserved communities.


Solve was born out of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s commitment to open technological innovation, and its long commitment to actionable thought leadership in the public sphere.

We will do more than talk about the greatest problems facing our world. We will set the course to solve them.

—L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT


Noubar Afeyan

Founder, Senior Managing Partner & CEO, Flagship Pioneering

Colin M. Angle

Chairman, CEO & Founder, iRobot

H.S.H. the Prince Henri d’Arenberg

Founder & Chairman, be.Source, a private foundation under Belgian law

Ursula M. Burns

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, VEON

Eric Cantor

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Moelis & Company

Wenchi Chen

Chairman & CEO, VIA

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Linda A. Mason

Leader in Residence, Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School, Harvard University

Lubna Olayan

CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Terry & Susan Ragon

CEO, Founder, Owner & VP Finance, Administration, Recruitment, InterSystems Corporation

Victoria Ransom

Founder & CEO, Wildfire

Ray A. Rothrock

Chairman & CEO, RedSeal, Inc.

Peter Sands

Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Megan J. Smith

3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Entrepreneur, Engineer, U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy

Ratan N. Tata

Chairman, Tata Trusts

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