Bamboo Bicycles Beijing Team


Meet the 2017 IDEAS Winners

On Saturday, April 29th at the IDEAS Innovation Showcase & Awards, we awarded ten teams grants totaling $95,000. These teams are:

Photo of the 2017 winners

2017 IDEAS Winners

A minimally-invasive, behavioral modification platform for individuals in recovery for opioid addiction

The Okoa Project
Creates cheap, effective medical transport with an ambulance trailer designed to attach to any motorcycle

Provides high-quality refurbished equipment to hospitals with maintenance and training services

Provides educational infrastructure to improve study environments for underprivileged children
Drones for Humanity
A system of heavy-lifting, cost-effective, and rapidly deployable drones for humanitarian aid logistics

Pukuni Community House
An energy-autonomous, community-size education and communication hub

A competitive, high-performing transfemoral rotator available at a fraction of the cost
Promotes increased resource use efficiency by providing real-time emission tracking for smartphones
Biobot Labs
A novel approach to epidemiology that utilizes robotics and analytics to mine data from sewage
An online marketplace that matches university students who need affordable housing with empty-nesters


Current Teams

Meet the forty teams competing in the final round of the 2017 IDEAS Global Challege!

Check out their team profiles here.

Looking for a Team or Recruiting Teammates?

  • Attend an IDEAS Generator Dinner and pitch your idea! Tell the audience what skills you're looking for. Or if you don't have a project yet and are looking for a team, join us to network at the event. We host a dinner each October and February. More details on our Events page.
  • Post an advertisement on - a site to connect student entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Join the MIT Co-Founder Connect group on Facebook
  • Attend events across campus where you can meet like-minded individuals! Check out the MIT Innovation Initiative site as a starting point.

Remember that all teams must be led by a full-time MIT student. If you're not an MIT student, we recommend posting information about your interests on or checking out the teams that are already entering the competition this year to see if they are recuiting people!

Past Winners

Over the past 16 years, we have helped launch 150 winning teams with more than $975,000 in funding. These teams have one on to raise more than $40 Million in subsequent funding and investment, and half of the projects are still ongoing today. These winning projects have been implemented in 44 different countries. 

Map of IDEAS winning project locations