Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge

Cultivating connections to promote Colombia’s development & shared prosperity

Applications are now closed. Applicants can expect to hear back about their registration status soon

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


Register for Ideation Workshop for the Grand Challenge


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.


  • $1,000 USD
  • 3-Month Validation Program with:
    • Opportunity to attend workshops on methodologies for the validation process
    • 8 hours of coaching for the validation process
    • 8 hours of specialized tutoring in topics relevant for the venture
  • 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