In the last two years, thanks to our partners, Solve has brokered commitments of over $12 million in funding for Solver teams and entrepreneurs, in addition to in-kind support such as mentorship, technical expertise, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training.
Hear directly from Solver teams and Solve Members on what they've gotten out of their experience with Solve.
Priya Lakhani is the Founder and CEO of CENTURY Tech, a 2018 Teachers & Educators Solver. CENTURY’s AI-based platform personalizes learning to overcome the traditional one-size-fits-all model of education.
"What's really unique about Solve is that it's put people across the world in one room. They've put us in the room with funders, and people have given us funding at CENTURY, which is absolutely incredible given that we're in the education sector. If anyone is even thinking about applying—don't think, just apply right now."
—Priya Lakhani, Solver
Julia Kumari Drapkin is the Founder and CEO of ISeeChange, a 2018 Coastal Communities Solver. ISeeChange mobilizes communities to share microdata about climate impacts to better inform climate change adaptation, public safety, and infrastructure design.
"Coming into the program, right away, we felt so supported. I'm the one full-time staff, so suddenly I felt like we had additional team members to help us with our business development for finding resources, making partnerships, and being introduced to companies who were excited about what we're doing. That was invaluable. The AI for the Betterment of Humanity Prize [made possible by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation] also really set our team into a new direction. We're in a much stronger position than we've ever been. I'm so grateful."
—Julia Kumari Drapkin, Solver
Hina Baloch is Manager of Global Social Impact and STEM Education at General Motors. General Motors, a Solve Sponsor, is committed to preparing today’s students and tomorrow’s workers to address the world’s most pressing problems.
"General Motors partnered with MIT Solve with this idea that we find the best solutions when we try and harness the collective power of our intellect. Solve really provided this platform and created this ecosystem of entrepreneurs from Brazil to Africa to India, all coming together and working towards this shared vision of making the planet a better place."
—Hina Baloch, General Motors (Solve Sponsor)
Stephanie Kimber is Assistant Director at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). DFAT is focused on supporting innovation to drive the future of education in the Indo-Pacific and across the world.
"At DFAT, we firmly believe that great ideas can come from anywhere, and the name of MIT is known around the world for science, for technology, for innovation. We thought by partnering with MIT Solve, we're going to attract the best ideas."
—Stephanie Kimber, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Solve Sponsor)