Economic Empowerment

Future of Work Grand Challenge Chooses Jobcase as Outreach Platform

In the execution of the $6 million Future of Work Grand Challenge, Jobcase will amplify the voices of organizers, various state workforce boards, and participating companies.

Boston, MA, October 29, 2020 —New Profit, the venture philanthropy organization, announced today that it has selected Jobcase as the outreach platform for its Future of Work Grand Challenge. Over the next 24 months, the aim of this competition is to rapidly prepare 25,000 displaced workers with the necessary skills for higher-wage jobs and provide capabilities for U.S. workforce investment boards to support other workers who may be displaced. 

As a social media platform that serves more than 20 million members each month in its mission of empowering workers, Jobcase is particularly well-suited for this role. The organizers, various state workforce boards and the participating companies themselves will leverage the Jobcase platform for group communication and coordination, general promotion and analytic support. 

We need an open-access partner platform that can reach displaced and unemployed workers and provide them with tools to connect and succeed. When you look at the overall working population, you can see that Jobcase has the platform, membership and community to connect with workers and deliver results for workforce boards across the country. Our workforce development professionals look for the right tools to help workers, especially those impacted by the pandemic. Jobcase is the ideal community platform to help us do that.

— Dr. Angela Jackson, A New Profit Parter and Lead of the Future of Work Grand Challenge

“Jobcase was built to empower and advocate for workers, and we can’t think of a better way than to help bring future-of-work solutions to life,” says Fred Goff, co-founder and CEO. “We are completely aligned with the goals of the Future of Work Grand Challenge and are proud to support New Profit, XPRIZE, MIT Solve, JFF, and workforce investment boards across the U.S. to create transformative upskilling programs and job opportunities for workers in this country.”

The Future of Work Grand Challenge, supported by a growing coalition of cross-sector funders including the Walmart Foundation and Strada Education Network, features two separate competitions – XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling and the MIT Solve Reimagining Pathways to Employment in the US Challenge – to surface and promote promising solutions for some of today’s biggest workforce issues. The broader objective is to create systemic change for over 12 million Americans in underserved communities by 2025. Winning solutions will be piloted and scaled by JFF through partnerships with a consortium of future-focused workforce boards in six key regions across the U.S. For more details visit this page.

 

ABOUT JOBCASE

Founded in 2015, Jobcase is dedicated to empowering and advocating for the world’s workers. As a social media platform, Jobcase develops technology to help more than 110 million registered members lead better, more meaningful work-lives – providing access to jobs, tools and resources to take action, and a community for support. Jobcase technology also powers a network of job sites and many nonprofit-driven activities via its Jobcase network. Emerging as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Boston, Jobcase is a Workday Ventures Partner and an industry-affiliate of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Jobcase also collaborates with employers, nonprofits and government agencies to both improve, and diversify access to opportunity and participation in the workforce. For more information, visit www.jobcase.com or contact PR@jobcase.com.

ABOUT XPRIZE

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. Active competitions include the $20 Million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $10 Million Rainforest XPRIZE, the $10 Million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the $5 Million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, and the $5 Million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling. For more information about XPRIZE, please visit xprize.org or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn @xprize.

ABOUT MIT Solve

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact. Join Solve on this journey at solve.mit.edu.

ABOUT JFF

JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems to achieve economic advancement for all. www.jff.org

 

ABOUT NEW PROFIT

New Profit is a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization that backs breakthrough social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America.  New Profit’s investment strategy focuses on building a breakthrough portfolio to take on entrenched systemic challenges in America, particularly by driving resources and support to Black, Indigenous, and Latino/a/x social entrepreneurs who have unique proximity to solutions, but face stark racial funding disparities in philanthropy; investing in social entrepreneurs with new systems change models across a range of issues; and creating jobs and opportunity by funding Future of Work innovation.

New Profit’s Future of Work Initiative is funded by Strada Education Network and the Walmart Foundation.