Solving the world’s most pressing problems through open innovation and partnership.
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 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
Though complex challenges exist in the world, they can be solved.
No one organization, sector, or industry can solve these challenges alone. Progress must be made through partnership.
- OPEN INNOVATION
Talent and ingenuity exist everywhere; we must find and support those with big ideas.
- HUMAN-CENTERED SOLUTIONS
Solutions must begin with, end with, and involve the people for whom they’re designed.
- INCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY
Technology should address economic, cultural, and social barriers to create opportunities for all.
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
Founder, Senior Managing Partner & CEO, Flagship Pioneering
Chairman, CEO & Founder, iRobot
Founder & Chairman, be.Source, a private foundation under Belgian law
CEO, Vanu, Inc.
CEO and Chairman, VEON
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Moelis & Company
Chairman & CEO, VIA
Founder and President, Emerson Collective
Leader in Residence, Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School, Harvard University
CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)
CEO, Founder, Owner & VP Finance, Administration, Recruitment, InterSystems Corporation
Founder & CEO, Wildfire
Chairman & CEO, RedSeal, Inc.
Executive Director, The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
CEO shift7, 3rd U.S. CTO, Entrepreneur, Engineer, shift7
Chairman, Tata Trusts