Black & Brown Innovators in the US Program

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Special Call: Black & Brown Innovators in the US

Solve’s focus on the world’s most pressing challenges has always included those within the United States. Since 2018, we have built a specific set of work focused on equity for underserved and underestimated communities in the US. This portfolio started with the Indigenous Communities Fellowship, now in its fifth year, and expanded with the 2021 Antiracist Technology in the US Challengea response to 2020’s protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Building on this workand Solve’s effort to be a culturally diverse and antiracist platformSolve is integrating US racial equity across our 2022 Global Challenges by launching the Black & Brown Innovators in the US program. 

A long and ongoing history of systemic racism has limited access to resources and opportunities for many Black and Brown communities, adding additional inequities within Challenges such as developing low-carbon and energy-efficient housing. Based on a core belief that the best solutions are led by people from the communities that they serve, the special call is looking for 1-2 solutions led by Black or Brown innovators in the US who are addressing each of our 2022 Global Challenges.  

As part of being selected as Solver teams for the Global Challenges, innovators will receive access to Solver grants, prize funding, and Solve’s nine-month Solver program. In addition, Solver teams selected as part of the Black & Brown Innovators in the US Program will receive:

  • Center stage during our annual Indigenous and Antiracist Innovators Summit

  • A learning community and peer network that promotes connection, learning, and peer support for culturally diverse innovators in the US (including our 2021 Antiracist Technology in the US Solver teams and our Indigenous Communities Fellows).

  • Additional culturally responsive partnership opportunities.

In 2020, Black and Brown entrepreneurs only received 2-3% of the $87 billion in venture capital invested in the US, while early-stage Black-led social enterprises had 24% less revenue and 76% lower unrestricted assets than white-led counterparts. Solve is excited to make space to showcase and support these innovators from underserved and underestimated communities and welcomes additional Solve Members and champions who want to fund prizes and partner with BIPOC innovators across the US. Interested organizations can reach out with questions or ideas at membership@solve.mit.edu

Read more about how our 2022 Global Challenges intersect with racial inequity in the US, or submit your solution to one of these Challenges today.



Application Clinics

Please join us for one of the following application clinics. You'll have the opportunity to meet with Solve staff and learn more about our Global Challenges.

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US 

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