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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve Global Challenges 2019 for Entrepreneurs

The “Solve” program at MIT announces four global challenges in 2019, inviting anyone in the world to propose solutions to them. 

Application Deadline: 1st July 2019

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): New York (during UN General Assembly week, September 2019).

About the Award: Solve at MIT is an flagship annual event held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, bringing together over 300 leaders from the tech industry, business, philanthropy, government, and civil society. Solvers and their solutions will be featured on stage, in online and written materials, and through dedicated challenge workshops. Solve staff will continue supporting Solvers to match-make partnerships with our community members who will help make Solvers’ solutions a reality.

Anyone the world-over can participate in a Solve challenge and submit a solution. Whether you’ve just started building your solution and your team, you’re running a pilot, or you’re ready to scale, Solve is looking for innovators and entrepreneurs with the best solutions to these global challenges.

Global Challenges: The 2019 challenges include the following below. Each proposal must include a technology element.

  1. Community-driven Innovation: How can citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity?
  2. Early Childhood Development: How can all children under five develop the critical learning and cognitive skills they need to reach their full potential?
  3. Circular Economy: How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable?
  4. Healthy Cities: How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?

Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility: 

  • Optimistic solutions. Innovative solutions. Human-centered solutions. Tech solutions. Solutions that need partnerships across industry.
  • From research, to pilot, to growth, Solve accepts solutions at all stages of development. If you’re researching, Solve can help you develop a partnership to pilot. If you’re already piloting, Solve can help you grow. And if you’re already growing, Solve can help you scale.
  • The most important thing is that your solution will solve the challenge posed.
  • At MIT, every solution must include technology — whether new or existing — as a key component.

Selection Process and Criteria: In the first round, Solve staff will perform an initial screening of all applications for completeness, for coherency, and for whether the solution appropriately addresses the challenge. Then Solve judges will score the screened applications to determine finalists. Here are the criteria the judges will use to score the applications on the website:

  • Alignment: Does the solution address the challenge that has been set forth?
  • Scalability: Can the solution be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people?
  • Potential for Impact: Does the planned implementation of the solution have the potential to impact lives, and does the theory behind how it will work make logical sense? Does the team have a robust plan for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the solution?
  • Novelty: Is this a new technology, new application of an existing technology, or new process for solving the challenge?
  • Feasibility: Is it feasible to implement the solution, and does the team have a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially?

In the second round, each finalist will pitch before the challenge judges and a live audience. The judges will determine which solutions are the most promising. These new “Solvers” will receive support and partnership from the Solve community.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: All solutions selected in Solve’s four current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 22, 2018.

Duration of Program: 

August, 2019 – Finalists announced
September, 2019 – Finalists pitch in New York during the U.N. General Assembly week

How to Apply: Select a challenge and submit a proposal to the challenge. Each proposal must include a technology element. The finalists in each challenge will be invited to present their ideas at an event in New York (simultaneous with the UN General Assembly, September 2019), after which the selected winners will be offered partnership opportunities.

It is important to go through the application information in Program Webpage (See link below) before applying.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

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