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About Solve

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact. Join Solve on this journey at solve.mit.edu.

Core Values

  1. OPTIMISM
    Though complex challenges exist in the world, we believe they are solvable.
  2. PARTNERSHIP
    No one organization, sector, or industry can solve these challenges alone. Progress must be made through partnership.
  3. OPEN INNOVATION
    Talent and ingenuity exist everywhere; we must find and support those with big ideas.
  4. HUMAN-CENTERED SOLUTIONS
    Solutions must begin with, end with, and involve the people for whom they’re designed.
  5. INCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY
    Technology should address economic, cultural, and social barriers to create opportunities for all.

Our Story

We will do more than talk about the greatest problems facing our world. We will set the course to solve them.

—L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT


Solve was born out of the Office of the President of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s mission to advance knowledge in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

In the last three years, thanks to its partners, Solve has brokered commitments of over $25 million in funding for Solver teams and entrepreneurs.

Advisors

Noubar Afeyan

Founder, Senior Managing Partner & CEO, Flagship Pioneering

Colin M. Angle

Chairman, CEO & Founder, iRobot

H.S.H. the Prince Henri d’Arenberg

Founder & Chairman, be.Source, a private foundation under Belgian law

Ursula M. Burns

CEO and Chairman, VEON

Vilas Dhar

Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Linda Henry

Managing Director, The Boston Globe

Katja Iversen

President and CEO, Women Deliver

Elizabeth McGovern

Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation; Executive Director, WEEMA International

Lubna Olayan

CEO and Deputy Chairman, Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder and President, Emerson Collective

Terry & Susan Ragon

CEO, Founder, Owner & VP Finance, Administration, Recruitment, InterSystems Corporation

Ray A. Rothrock

Chairman & CEO, RedSeal, Inc.

Eric Schmidt

Technical Advisor and Board Member, Alphabet Inc.

Megan J. Smith

CEO shift7, 3rd U.S. CTO, Entrepreneur, Engineer, shift7

United States

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