LifeBank and Coldhubs among other African-based startups and projects have been selected to join the 2018 MIT Solver class after scoring wins at MIT Solve Global Challenge finals.
In all, 33 Solver teams were selected at an event held in New York on the 23rd of September. Each of the members of the Solver class will benefit from $10,000 in funding as well as mentorship and support from the Solve community.
The class will over the next year collaborate with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Solve initiative on their solutions.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Solve initiative seeks to crowd-solve four global challenges — economic prosperity, health, learning, and sustainability — through open innovation.
The MIT Solve Challenge finals featured a group of 60 finalists selected from across the initiative’s four global challenges: Coastal Communities, Frontlines of Health, Teachers and Educators, and Work of the Future – receiving more than 1,150 solutions from 110 countries across the four challenges.
LifeBank uses data, smart logistics and technology to discover and deliver essential medical products in Nigeria. The startup was founded in 2016 by Temie Giwa-Tubosun.
Coastal Communities – ColdHubs
Oweri-based ColdHubs was selected for its solar powered walk-in cold rooms for artisanal fish clusters in coastal communities of Nigeria’s Niger-Delta Region. The Nigerian startup was founded by CEO Nnaemeka Ikegwuono.