Chicago, IL: Solve’s collaborative network platform for cities connects systematically underemployed jobseekers in Chicago with over 200 social services and employers, improving the social capital of candidates through a referral system. The platform allows job candidates to work directly with nonprofits after completion of what Solve calls a barrier survey, which takes data points on
Solve is a one-stop-software to help people overcome all the barriers to employment by connecting residents from underserved communities to jobs & resources. They believe that everyone has a powerful story – Solve’s software works to make those stories come to life by increasing the job candidate’s social capital overnight to unlock their fullest potential.
Matt Strauss grew up in Wilmette, where professionals have no problem networking their way to new jobs. Mentoring at tech incubator nonprofit I.C. Stars, Strauss discovered that some job seekers on the South and West sides—particularly those with criminal pasts or gaps in employment, or without housing or transportation—don’t have that ability. Strauss found research
Opportunity youth are Chicago’s future. Organizations such as Purpose Workforce Solutions and Ignite (Formerly Teen Living Programs) have realized the importance of coming together in order to change the narrative of Chicago. For far too long, workforce development organizations operated in silos, but with leaders such as Chazle Woodley of Ignite and Chris Thomas of
What do you do when you want to build a business completely from a scratch, in an area that no one has previously pursued? The prospect of starting a project from below ground zero can seem daunting and it takes a special mindset to venture into the unknown. Materializing a dream from an undiscovered space
One of my all-time favorite reads is a book by Steve Case called The Third Wave. Case, the founder of AOL, shares with readers his vision of the next technological revolution and believes there are only five sectors left that have yet to undergo complete change and re-innovation. These five sectors include: Education Healthcare Fintech
Matt Strauss, Solve Smart Cities, Co-founder & CEO Peter Thiel – Finding Co-founders is Like Finding Your Spouse Finding a co-founder is tough, very tough. All startups have an incredible amount of risk. You meet tens or hundreds of people who share your idea. Many people say they would love to help, but they