Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s Challenges 2019 has commenced for the year. Annually, Solve seeks to find solution from around the world for it’s Global Challenges and anyone can submit a solution by July 1, 2019.
Solve at MIT is our flagship annual event held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, bringing together more than 500 cross-sector leaders as well as MIT faculty and students. The event will feature Solver teams on stage, in online and written materials, and through dedicated Challenge workshops.
In the last two years, Solve’s community has committed more than $7.5 million in funding to Solver teams, in addition to in-kind support such as mentorship, technical expertise, media and conference exposure, and business and entrepreneurship training.
- Anyone from 13 years and above can submit a solution to Solve’s Challenges. You can be a person, team, or an organization. You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community. If you have a relevant solution, we hope you’ll apply.
- Source Solutions
Solve seeks innovators around the world with solutions to our Global Challenges. Whether your solution is just a prototype, you’re running a pilot, or you’re ready to scale, we want to hear from you.
- Select Solutions
Once the submission deadline passes, judging begins. After an initial screening by Solve staff, our Challenge judges select the most promising solutions as Finalists. These Finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions live at Solve Challenge Finals, where judges will select the new Solver class.*
- Support Solutions and Partnerships
Once selected, the Solver class joins Solve’s global community of cross-sector leaders—gaining access to funding, resources, mentorship, and new connections. Resulting partnerships between our Solver class and community Members will be announced at our flagship event Solve at MIT.
SOLVE’S ACCEPTABLE SOLUTIONS
Solve’s challeges seeks innovative, human-centered, tech-based solutions to our Global Challenges. We will consider solutions at all stages of development:
- Idea: We welcome you to submit your solution idea, but please note that concept-stage solutions are unlikely to be selected. You have until the submission deadline to prototype and experiment with your idea!
- Prototype: A venture building and testing its product, service, or business model. Typically described as “pre-seed” if for profit.
- Pilot: An enterprise deploying a tested product, service, or business model in at least one community. Hybrids and for-profits would typically be in a “seed” round and generating revenue (whether or not they are cash flow positive).
- Growth: An enterprise with an established product, service, or business model rolled out, which is poised for further growth in multiple communities or countries. Organizations at this stage should have a clear path to sustainability. For-profits at this stage would be “seed” or “Series A.”
- Scale: A sustainable enterprise working in several communities or countries that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency. For-profits in this stage would be “Series A” or “Series B.”
Through open innovation, Solve is looking for a diverse portfolio of solutions across geography, development stage, and team members’ gender and background. We encourage people of all backgrounds to submit applications.
- Finalists are invited to pitch their solutions during the UN General Assembly Week in New York City in September at the Solve Challenge Finals.
- Selected Solver teams will join a supportive community of peers, funders and experts to help advance their work; receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve and MIT networks; attend Solve at MIT, our annual flagship event in May; and receive access to more than $725,000 in award funding for the 2019 Challenges.
Challenge Cycle Deadline Timeline
2019 Global Challenges:
- February 28, 2019: Challenges open
- July 1, 2019 at 5:00pm ET: Deadline to submit a draft solution application
- July 22, 2019 at 9:00am ET: Deadline for editing a solution application
- August 2019: Finalists announced
- September 2019: Finalists pitch at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly Week in New York City.
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