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Tribal Business News

In an article for Tribal Business News, Chez Oxendine writes about the “seven new fellows in MIT Solve’s Indigenous Communities Fellowship, a sub-cohort of MIT’s larger Solve program, which provides grant funding, technical assistance, networking, and mentorship to entrepreneurs.” The fellows will now participate in a nine-month program, “working closely with MIT Solve’s team to identify how best the organization can support their burgeoning solutions.”

The Boston Globe

Hala Hanna, executive director of Solve, writes for The Boston Globe about how to empower young people to address and solve today’s problems. “Engaging young people is not just a moral imperative, it is also a strategic one,” writes Hanna. “By investing in our youth and promoting civic engagement, we can help shape a generation of passionate, informed, and engaged citizens ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and make a lasting impact on the world around them.”


NPR’s Vicky Hallett spotlights two teams of innovators who will receive support and mentorship from MIT Solve, an initiative aimed at driving innovation to solve pressing global challenges, for their work focused on equitable health solutions. "Where we want to play a role is by ensuring technology is designed for and by underserved communities," explains Alex Amouyel, executive director of MIT Solve.

The Boston Globe

Writing for The Boston Globe, Alex Amouyel, executive director of MIT Solve, makes the case that “innovation is about solving problems. And if innovation is about solving problems, what problems you are solving and who is setting about solving them is key.” Amouyel adds: “If we are going to get serious about solving world challenges, we all need to adopt more open and participatory systems to find, fund, and support innovators, wherever they may be.”


Forbes contributor Jeff Kart spotlights the teams selected for MIT Solve’s Resilient Ecosystems Challenge, which is focused on how communities can sustainably protect, manage and restore their local ecosystems. “Ecosystems are a critical resource for communities in so many ways, and face their own pressures from both the climate crisis and development,” says Alexander Dale, the lead for sustainability and U.S. communities at MIT Solve. “Finding ways to strengthen ecosystems against these shocks and stresses while also helping local communities thrive is key for the long-term success of humanity.”


Writing for Forbes, Pooja Wagh of MIT Solve examines how the Covid-19 pandemic has “highlighted the urgency of human-centric innovations in global health and the need for those solutions to be driven by the communities they serve.”

Hashim Sarkis, dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, and Hala Hanna, managing director for MIT Solve, joined forces with several colleagues to kickstart Beirut Box, a local restaurant initiative aimed at raising funds for relief efforts in Lebanon, reports Erin Kuschner for 


Quartz reporter Anne Quito spotlights The Future of Work Grand Challenge, a competition aimed at bridging the gap between education and employment. Quito notes that as part of the challenge, MIT Solve is hosting a “six-month competition to crowdsource innovative programs to assist unemployed or underemployed workers to land better careers.”

Fast Company

MIT Solve has launched an innovation fund aimed at attracting funding for social-impact ventures tackling global issues such as access to clean water, reports Eillie Anzilotti for Fast Company. “There’s an increase in focus on these issues in the U.S. and across the world, and there’s definitely increased movement on the political and investment spectrums,” explains Alex Amouyel, executive director of Solve.


MIT’s Solve initiative is accepting solutions for its Circular Economy Challenge, which focuses on renewable energy and waste elimination. “Ideas that help communities move towards zero waste and zero carbon through STEM education on new design and production techniques could win the GM Circular Economy Prize,” writes Natalie Parletta for Forbes.


Forbes contributor Poornima Peiris highlights some of the technology solutions developed by solvers participating in MIT Solve’s global challenges. Peiris spotlights everything from a new system to grow oyster reefs that can protest coastlines during storms and help filter toxins in water to a device that can be used to remotely monitor vital signs in infants in low-income areas of the world.


Forbes contributor Randy Bean spotlights how MIT Solve enables entrepreneurs to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. “We are excited to address the early-stage innovation gap that will help us conquer the most pressing social problems across the world,” explains Alexandra Amouyel, Solve’s executive director.

Boston Globe

In a column for The Boston Globe, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie spotlights MIT Solve, which connects innovators with leaders from business, the non-profit sector, education and government to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. “Solve was founded to amplify good ideas, and so far, it’s working,” writes Rodriguez McRobbie.