Prizes from General Motors, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Vodafone Americas Foundation, and others will be awarded to Solver teams selected from Solve's four Global Challenges; Tech innovators must apply by July 1
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MIT Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing issues, today announced a prize pool of $1.25 million for its next class of Solver teams. Prize sponsors include General Motors, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Vodafone Americas Foundation, Schmidt Futures, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and the Andan Foundation. The prize sponsors will convene at Solve at MIT from May 7-9 in Cambridge, MA with the rest of the Solve community, including 2018 Solver teams, Members, Sponsors, and MIT faculty and staff.
Solve seeks solutions from tech innovators around the world for its 2019 Global Challenges: Circular Economy, Community-Driven Innovation, Early Childhood Development, and Healthy Cities. Anyone can submit a solution and apply for the $1.25 million in prize funding by July 1, 2019. Finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly Week in New York City on September 22, 2019. At the event, leading cross-sector experts will select 35 of the most promising tech-based innovators to become Solver teams. They will work with Solve for the next year to scale their solutions with the support of funding, networking, mentorship, marketing, and more from the Solve community.
2019 MIT Solve Prizes available for selected Solver teams:
- Solver Funding: Solve will award a $10,000 grant to all Solver teams selected during Solve Challenge Finals in September by the cross-sector judging panels of each of Solve's four Challenges.
- GM Prizes supported by General Motors
- AI Innovations Prize supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and Schmidt Futures
- Innovation for Women Prize supported by the Vodafone Americas Foundation
- Everytown for Gun Safety Prize supported by Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
- Innovating Together for Healthy Cities Prize supported by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court
- Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Prize supported by the Andan Foundation
"We are thrilled to work with such a diverse array of leading organizations to secure much needed funding for solutions to the world's most intractable challenges," said Alex Amouyel, Executive Director at MIT Solve. "There are innovators solving world challenges all around the world, but too few of them have access to the capital and expertise they need to scale. At Solve, we're helping to bridge the pioneer gap in social impact, which is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals."
Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing problems. Solve issues four Global Challenges each year to find the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. Solve then deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form the partnerships these Solver teams need to scale their impact. In the last two years, Solve has brokered more than $7.5 million in grant funding to Solver teams, in addition to in-kind support. Last year, more than 1,150 people from 110 countries submitted solutions to Solve's four Challenges. Solve's current open Challenges include: (1) Circular Economy, (2) Community-Driven Innovation, (3) Early Childhood Development, and (4) Healthy Cities.
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