Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge

Cultivating connections to promote Colombia’s development & shared prosperity

Do you dream of ways to improve life for your community and country? Would you like to promote longer & stronger engagement between MIT and Colombia?

Our inaugural Grand Challenge invites you to address a major challenge Colombians are currently facing: limited connectivity between geographically separate locations (e.g. supply chain improvement between rural and urban communities). Identify a specific problem relating to this theme and propose a solution that could be developed into a viable venture.

Check out our Official Rules Document for more information.

Consulte nuestro Reglamento Oficial para más información.

Deadline to Apply: 7 April, 2019



Selected semi-finalists for our Grand Challenge will receive direct feedback and participate in workshops with experienced mentors, and have a chance to win prizes to advance their startups.

  • Up to 16 semi-finalist teams
  • Up to 8 finalist teams present their current startup to a panel of experienced judges.
  • Receive 1-on-1 mentorship from entrepreneurs and ecosystem stakeholders from MIT and LATAM.


  • Monetary prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners
  • Mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs
  • More great prizes to come - check back often!


  • For solutions in the ideation phase
  • Solutions must not have sought outside capital or presented this idea in any entrepreneurship competitions or programs