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PRESS RELEASE: Innovators to Live Pitch for Up to $2 Million in Prizes, Yo-Yo Ma Mentorship

More Than 950 Solutions from All Over the World were Submitted to Solve’s 2017 Global Challenges for Chance to be Selected as Finalists During United Nations General Assembly Week

Innovators and entrepreneurs will have a chance to live pitch expert judges and a live audience for incredible prizes as part of MIT’s new Solve initiative on September 17 during the United Nations General Assembly Week. The prizes include:

  1. Up to US$ 1 million from the Atlassian Foundation in grant funding for the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers from non-government organizations, non-profits, social enterprises, academics, entrepreneurs and for-profit organizations.
  2. Up to US$ 1 million from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in grant funding for the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers who will have an impact in developing countries across the Indo-Pacific. 
  3. Mentorship prizes curated by world-class cellist Yo-Yo Ma for selected Solvers who present arts and culture solutions across all four Challenges.

Solve is a community that brings together technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents to unearth and implement solutions to specific, actionable challenges facing the world.

Solve’s 2017 Global Challenge co-chairs include:

  • Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
  • Ursula Burns, Retired Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo
  • Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President, Emerson Collective

To attend the Solve Challenge Finals in New York City on September 17, apply for a press pass to the event here.  

Solve issues challenges for anybody around the world to apply, and identifies the best solutions through open innovation. It builds and convenes a community of leaders who have the resources, the expertise, the mentorship, and the know-how to get each solution piloted, scaled, and implemented.

More than 950 solutions from all over the world were submitted to Solve’s 2017 Global Challenges: (1) Brain Health, (2) Sustainable Urban Communities, (3) Women and Technology, and (4) Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future.

The Solve Challenge Finals in New York City will place the selected finalists in front of a panel of expert judges and a live audience to pitch their solutions. Those chosen by Solve’s judges will become Solvers and join the Solve community to build partnerships with cross-sector leaders that help pilot, scale, and implement their solutions.

Where: Apella Event Space at Alexandria Center, 450 East 29th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10016 USA
When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 a.m. ET
HowApply for a press pass to the event here

About Solve: 
Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that identifies and supports lasting solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Solve is a community that brings together technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents to unearth and implement solutions to specific, actionable challenges issued around the pillars of Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability. Learn more at solve.mit.edu.

Press Contact:
Ken Meyer
617-475-8067
press@solve.mit.edu

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