Sponsors of MIT Solve are strategic advisors who help Solver teams scale their innovative solutions to meaningfully impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Sponsors mentor and support Solve's diverse pipeline of the world's top early-stage , build and foster transformational partnerships among Solver teams and the Solve and MIT communities, receive recognition at Solve's flagship events Solve at MIT and Solve Challenge Finals, and strengthen innovation ecosystems by promoting social entrepreneurship in their region.
Sponsorship packages are highly customizable and can include: the opportunity to host a salon dinner; brand recognition; participation in the full innovation cycle; and more.
Want to get involved? Contact Bruna Braga, Head of Partnerships, if you are interested in becoming a Sponsor and learn more about sponsorship opportunities below.
1. Sponsor a Solve Challenge
Sponsor a Solve Challenge your organization cares about and support solutions that address it.
Atlassian Foundation and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Solve, Atlassian Foundation, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) partnered on Solve’s Youth, Skills, & the Workforce of the Future Challenge. The collaboration activated social entrepreneurship ecosystems, with active support from high-level government officials in Indo-Pacific countries, including Thailand.
The project—which led to five times as many applications than previous Challenges—has garnered US $4.6 million in committed funding across 10 Solver teams to pilot and scale their solutions.
2. Sponsor Solver Teams
Support social innovation and promising entrepreneurs.
Solve and General Motors (GM) collaborated to support advanced technologies in service of future generations of learners and workers, via Solve’s Teachers & Educators and Work of the Future Challenges.
This included activities such as Challenge Design Workshops and Solveathons with GM’s senior teams across the US to help design and promote the 2018 Solve Challenges. GM awarded US $100,000 in funding to four Solver teams: Refactored.ai; Virtual Grasp; Livox; TalkingPoints.
“MIT Solve provides a holistic approach that recognizes that knowledge is at its best when shared... At GM, we support STEM education and open technological innovation initiatives like MIT Solve to bring us closer to cutting-edge innovators and innovations of transportation technology now and in the future.”
—Hina Baloch, Global Social Impact and STEM Education, General Motors || Judge for The GM Prize for Advanced Technologies
3. Run Your Own Challenge
Run your organization’s own custom challenge through Solve’s proven model.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity
Solve and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity—along with eight UN entities, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)—partnered to develop and launch the Global Maker Challenges for makers and innovators to solve specific, real-world challenges using advanced manufacturing technologies.
The collaboration included three Challenge Design Workshops that informed the four Global Maker Challenges launched during UN General Assembly Week at Solve Challenge Finals. The initiative will award US $1 million to the selected teams, to be announced in July 2019. Solve’s 99 Solver teams are fast-tracked for selection.