MIT Solve's challenges seek social entrepreneurs who are using technology to solve today's most pressing problems.

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Financial Inclusion Challenge

How can we provide financially excluded individuals and small enterprises with the tools they need to withstand financial shocks and build wealth?

Learning for Civic Action Challenge

How can all people learn about and take civic action to improve their communities and the world?

Climate Adaptation & Low-Carbon Housing Challenge

How can communities adapt to more extreme weather and create low-carbon housing for all?

Health in Fragile Contexts Challenge

How can we build resilience in health systems and maintain access to care despite destabilizing events?

2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Presented with shift7

How are Indigenous innovators in the US and Canada building upon traditional knowledge and technology to meet the social, environmental, and economic goals of their communities?

Gender Equity in STEM Challenge

Presented with Tiger Global Impact Ventures

How can girls and women reach their full potential and thrive in STEM education and careers in the United States?

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Truist Foundation Inspire Awards Year 2

Presented with Truist Foundation

Coming Soon!

The Horizon Prize: 2023

Presented with Horizon Therapeutics

Coming Soon!

2023 LEAP Challenge

Presented with Jacobs Foundation

How can education solutions become more evidence-based?

Solve challenges span several different programs and areas of focus; learn more below:

Global Challenges

MIT Solve’s Global Challenges seek social entrepreneurs using technology to solve today’s most pressing problems in Climate, Economic Prosperity, Health, and Learning. Submissions are open from February to May each year. Selected innovators join the Solver class, receive a 9-month support program including coaching, unrestricted funding, and featuring at Solve Challenge Finals and Solve at MIT.

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Custom Challenges

Custom challenges are powered by MIT Solve in collaboration with external organizations to provide prize funding to entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. These challenges are run year-round and often include support programs for finalists and winners.

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Solv[ED] is designed to spark a sense of agency in young people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their community and the world. Young people will be equipped with knowledge, tools, and resources to practice problem identification and solution design.

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Indigenous Communities Fellowship

MIT Solve’s Indigenous Communities Fellowship is designed to support Indigenous innovators, working in the United States or Canada, who are building upon traditional knowledge and technology to meet the social, environmental, and economic goals of their communities. Fellows also join the Solver class, receiving the same support along with participation in the US Equity summit. 

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