About

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

Mission

MIT Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing problems. Solve issues four Global Challenges each year to find the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form the partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact. Last year, more than 1,150 people from 110 countries submitted solutions to Solve’s Challenges. Solve’s open 2019 Challenges include: (1) Circular Economy, (2) Community-Driven Innovation, (3) Early Childhood Development, and (4) Healthy Cities.

In the last two years, Solve's cross-sector community has committed more than $7.5 million in funding to Solver teams, in addition to in-kind support such as mentorship, technical expertise, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training. Our Solver portfolio consists of 99 early-stage startups headquartered in 32 different countries, and 52% of them are women-led.


Meet the solve team

Core Values

  1. OPTIMISM
    Though complex challenges exist in the world, they can be solved.
  2. PARTNERSHIP
    No one organization, sector, or industry can solve these challenges alone. Progress must be made through partnership.
  3. OPEN INNOVATION
    Talent and ingenuity exist everywhere; we must find and support those with big ideas.
  4. HUMAN-CENTERED SOLUTIONS
    Solutions must begin with, end with, and involve the people for whom they’re designed.
  5. INCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY
    Technology should address economic, cultural, and social barriers to create opportunities for all.

Solve's Story

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

Advisors

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

CEO and Chairman, 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

Executive Director, The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Megan J. Smith

CEO shift7, 3rd U.S. CTO, Entrepreneur, Engineer, shift7

United States

Ratan N. Tata

Chairman, Tata Trusts

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