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