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Are you an innovator who has developed a tech solution that addresses — the circular economy, early childhood development and healthy cities?
MIT Solve is offering up to $1.5-million in prize funding for this year’s global challenges, with entries set to close next Monday (1 July).
Each year, MIT Solve selects the most promising Solver teams who it believes will drive transformational change. The Solver teams then gain access to expert mentorship, strategic business advice and resources at MIT.
Entries for MIT Solve’s 2019 Global Challenges close next Monday (1 July)
In addition, innovators selected for the initiative get to join MIT Solve’s global community where they stand to enjoy benefits that include access to Solve events and connections with other members and Solvers to partner on solutions.
This year’s edition aims to address four global challenges. These are:
Circular economy: How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable and recyclable?
Community-driven Innovation: How can citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity?
Early Childhood Development: How can all children under five develop the critical learning and cognitive skill they need to reach their full potential?
Healthy Cities: How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?
After the entry deadline passes, prospective applicants can edit and expand on their respective solutions they submitted, until 19 July.
To be considered, submitted solutions must be tech based with applications written in English. Solutions will be judged based on idea, prototype, pilot, growth and scale. The criteria is further explained here.
Finalists will get to travel to New York City for the Solve Challenge finals on 22 September during the UN General Assembly week.
At least nine African-based startups and projects were selected to join the 2018 MIT Solver class after scoring wins at last year’s MIT Solve Global Challenge finals (see this story).
Featured image: 2018 MIT Solver Class participant ColdHubs CEO Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu (MIT Solve)