Chicago Based Start-up, Solve, Improves Social Capital and Solves Employment Barriers for Over 4,000 Job Seekers from Underinvested Communities in Chicago

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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

Matt Strauss of Solve was interviewed on Bootstrapping in America

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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.

Crain’s 20 in their 20s

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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

Chicago’s Youth Need Social Capital Too

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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

LaSalle Network Connecting with Solve

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Tom Gimbel is the founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm that works with thousands of companies. Touching on thirty different markets across the country, while concentrated mainly in Chicago, LaSalle Network has partnered with Solve in order to easily meet the demand and place candidates into suitable jobs. Gimbel explained

Adam Hecktman at Microsoft

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Microsoft’s director of technology and civic innovation, Adam Hecktman, says we’re all looking to make this city a great place to live and work. The best part about Solve is the ability to track every referral, interaction and impact on a client. Solve gives people a 360 degree vision of clients, so that they can

Brand new features on Solve!

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Hi Solve-ers! We’ve been busy at Solve the past few months! You know what that means? Hot-off-the-press newfunctions, shortcuts, and tools! We have a bunch of cool updates, all designed to make your life even easier. Take a look below to see the latest in our software: 1. Client invitations Now you can decide whether