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Mission

MIT Solve advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation: we find tech entrepreneurs from around the world and broker partnerships across our community to scale their innovative work—driving lasting, transformational change.

Core Values

  1. OPTIMISM
    Though complex challenges exist in the world, we believe they are solvable.
  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.

Our 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


Solve was born out of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s commitment to open innovation and MIT President L. Rafael Reif’s vision to ensure that everybody has a place at the problem-solving table. 

In the last two years, thanks to its partners, Solve has brokered commitments of over $12 million in funding for Solver teams and entrepreneurs.

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

Vilas Dhar

Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Linda Henry

Managing Director, The Boston Globe

Katja Iversen

President and CEO, Women Deliver

Linda A. Mason

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

Elizabeth McGovern

Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Executive Director, WEEMA International || Judge for the AI Innovations Prize

Lubna Olayan

CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Terry & Susan Ragon

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

Ray A. Rothrock

Chairman & CEO, RedSeal, Inc.

Megan J. Smith

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

United States

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