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This article on Solve and the annual flagship event, Solve at MIT, was originally published on NPR. You can read the full piece, titled "At MIT Solve Contest, Startups—From Kittens To Green Gas—Talk Innovation," here.
In an area where startup accelerators are a popular feature of the entrepreneurial landscape, theat MIT in Cambridge, now in its third year, is one that is global in scope and ambition.
The competition is the coming together of entrepreneurs selected from more than 100 countries to attempt to solve some of world's toughest social problems. They compare notes about their startups and get high-level advice on their companies' next steps.
'I find incredible innovators across the world who respond to some of our challenges that we put out,' said Alex Amouyel, executive director of Solve, 'and then I help connect these innovators with people who can help accelerate their work...'
Kresge Auditorium during Solve at MIT, May 16, 2018. (Photo: Adam Schultz / MIT Solve)