Solve Innovation Future

Directing catalytic investments to Solve's diverse portfolio of early-stage social entrepreneurs.

Venture Philanthropy Meets Impact Investing: Solve Innovation Future

Our Mission

Solve Innovation Future is a groundbreaking philanthropic venture vehicle that directs catalytic investments in Solve’s early-stage social entrepreneurs who are solving the world's most pressing problems.

Our Structure: Solve Innovation Future (SIF) raises philanthropic funding from visionary philanthropists, and directs investments in cutting-edge impactful solutions. Using entrepreneur-friendly strategies, SIF recycles proceeds from investments back into future Solver teams, creating a pay-it-forward model, and demonstrating effective, renewable philanthropy.

Solve Innovation Future has deployed over $2 million to date to more than 18 for-profit Solver team companies that are driving impact toward UN Sustainable Development Goals. We have catalyzed nearly four times our investment in additional investment capital towards our Solver teams.

Organized as a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) with MIT Solve serving as the sole donor-advisor, Solve Innovation Future is proving that innovative funding instruments can maximize philanthropic impact.

Our vision: Solve Innovation Future is actively raising $10 million from philanthropic donors, and targeting $30 million over time, through tax-deductible gifts and grants to ensure continued and catalytic investments in Solver teams scaling and initiating early-stage funding rounds.

Solve Innovation Future’s Portfolio of Investees. Meet the investees here.

"It’s time for a new financing approach to support innovators who are solving the world’s greatest challenges."
- Casey van der Stricht, Principal, Solve Innovation Future

Become a Funder of Solve Innovation Future

Donate: Make the most of your charitable donation, by engaging with Solve Innovation Future: where every charitable dollar you donate is recycled into future impact investments. Donate here.

Join the Leadership Circle: The Leadership Circle represents champion funders and thought leaders across the entrepreneurial and impact investing landscape, and provides strategic guidance to advance transformational partnerships for Solver teams and Solve Innovation Future toward solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Learn more: To learn more about becoming a funder or joining the Leadership Circle, please fill out the form below.

Investment Portfolio Spotlight

Access Afya

Country: Kenya
Stage: Post-Seed Bridge; SAFE Investment
Impact: 200k+ people served
Modern healthcare solutions for emerging economies—asset-light clinics, mobile healthcare delivery, data-driven analytics


Country: Chile
Stage: Series A; Equity Investment
Impact: Introduces an alternative to packaging
Vending machines that dispense staple products such as household cleaners "by the gram" rather than via packaged units


Country: United Kingdom
Stage: Post-Series A; Equity Investment
Impact: Average 30% in learning outcomes
Learning and teaching platform that makes individualized recommendations to support personalized learning for students


Country: United States
Stage: Oversubscribed Seed; Convertible Note
Impact: Pilot; improve learning outcomes
Gamified early detection for dyslexia from ages four to eight, developed with Boston Children's, with analytics and guidance for student success


Country: Israel
Stage: Seed; SAFE Investment
Impact: Pre-launch; save up to 1 billion chicks per year
Non-invasive CRISPR-based technology to edit chicken genes enabling a biomarker of the sex of eggs before they hatch


Country: Mexico
Stage: Series; RSA Investment
Impact: 3+ million families impacted
Tailored, developmentally appropriate content for children under five supporting caregivers, educators, and schools

Queen of Raw

Country: United States
Stage: Seed; Equity Investment
Impact: 1+ billion gallons of water saved
Blockchain and machine learning-powered enterprise supply chain waste management and online marketplace for deadstock fabric


Country: United States
Stage: Post-Series; Convertible Note
Impact: Preventing up to 60 million tons of waste from landfills
Circular economy technology to drive visibility, utilization, and management of physical assets for companies, universities, and government entities

Dive Deeper

Solve Innovation Future’s Portfolio of Investees

Meet the investees here

Solve Innovation Future's 2022 Annual Report

Just 3 years after our first investments, Solve Innovation Future has more than doubled our investee portfolio, tripled our capital deployed, and quadrupled the capital catalyzed toward our investees. Our 2022 annual report includes financial and impact reporting on Solve Innovation Future, but more importantly spotlights on our innovators and their impactful work.

Download the report here.

Download Solve's white paper on investing in social impact innovation.

Download this white paper to learn more about Solve Innovation Future and the answers to key questions around DAFs and early-stage impact investing, including:

  • How do I determine my investment, impact thesis, and process? 
  • How are DAFs commonly misused and how can we bridge this lost opportunity?
  • How can I invest in social entrepreneurs lacking connections to traditional venture-capital hubs?
  • Why should DAF capital be deployed as first-risk capital for early-stage entrepreneurs?
  • How have Solver teams like Access Afya, Kinedu, and Queen of Raw benefited from founder-first investment structuring? 

Access the report here.

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Thank you to our Advisors and Partners

Solve Innovation Future is grateful to the ongoing support of our advisors and partners, including Aarti Chandna, Noubar Afeyan, Rajan Anandan, FARM fund, Flagship Pioneering, Guerra Family Foundation, Illusian Family Office, LionTree, Ray Rothrock, Seeding the Future, The Van Lengerich Family Foundation.

Our Investment Committee includes Geoff Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Sorenson Impact Center; Lara Metcalf, Managing Director, DRK; Jim Casselberry, Co-Founder and CEO, Known; Hala Hanna, Executive Director, MIT Solve; and Casey van der Stricht, Principal, MIT Solve.

Photo: Adam Schultz / MIT Solve

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