Launch a Custom Challenge

Design and launch your own impact innovation challenge on MIT Solve’s award-winning open innovation platform.

Looking to launch your own innovation challenge? Our team will work with you to understand your organization’s social impact objectives and design an innovation challenge tailored to meet your goals. Solve will take the design, implementation, and day-to-day management of the challenge off your hands.

Contact us below to learn more about our packages and the support that Solve provides.

Solve’s Custom Challenge Offerings

  • Human-Centered Design Methodology: Diversity, equity, and inclusion are highlighted in every step of the challenge process. Solve facilitates Challenge Design Workshops, focus groups, and 1:1 consultations with experts to design a challenge that is timely and relevant. Anyone, anywhere in the world can submit a solution to open innovation challenges hosted on Solve’s platform.

  • Award-Winning Open Innovation Platform: Designed based on 10 years of research conducted by the Climate CoLab, a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, our customizable platform offers a seamless user experience—whether you're an applicant or judge. 

  • Global Network of Innovators: Access to 345,000+ platform users, 200,000+ email subscribers, and 60,000+ social media followers. Our community will be involved to support your challenge from start to finish.

  • Proven Selection Methodology: Leverage Solve & MIT’s convening power to select innovators and recruit world-renowned sector experts as judges. Solve works with cross-sector expert judges to evaluate and select best-in-class innovators. We take care of finalist and winner selection through a multi-tiered review and deliberation process.

  • Support Program: Connect solutions with a suite of tested and proven providers of specialized services. Our custom challenges have catalyzed over $40 million in prize funding and provided tailored follow-on support to custom challenge winners. Support programs include capacity-building workshops on topics ranging from impact metrics and Theory of Change to participatory design, executive leadership coaching, and peer-to-peer networking.

"Solve's experience and expertise at sourcing diverse candidates, managing the process from marketing through grant disbursement, and helping to clarify and crystalize a challenge prompt were benefits to contracting with Solve, rather than other innovation challenge processes or running our own open RFP."    
     - Anna Rapp, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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