Millions of adults struggle to succeed in the American labor market. For these individuals—many of whom are women, people of color, and immigrants—barriers to skill development and employment opportunities inhibit their economic security and mobility.
ETF@JFFlabs is committed to reimagining a more inclusive future of work—a future where technology is used to increase access to learning, employment, and economic mobility for all adults. We support promising entrepreneurs who are developing technology solutions to train and upskill low-income and low- and middle-skill adults and connect them to employment opportunities. ETF@JFFLabs works closely with the companies in which it invests to offer them flexible capital tailored to their business models and objectives.
The Fund is a catalyst, inspiring, and enabling traditional and nontraditional investors to provide capital to the fast-growing employment tech market. Proceeds from ETF@JFFLabs investments will be recycled into new investments, thereby maximizing the Fund’s social and catalytic approach.
In addition to making capital available to employment tech entrepreneurs, we seek to build an ecosystem that provides these innovators with meaningful support. The Fund’s portfolio companies will have access to workforce development experts and networks through JFFLabs and JFF’s network of partners.
As we develop our pipeline and expand our portfolio of companies, we will build a community of passionate and mission-driven employment tech entrepreneurs, and we will support them with our collective network, experiences, and market knowledge.
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"Nonprofit Venture Fund Will Back Employment Tech to Unlock Potential of Low-Income, Low-to-Middle-Skill Workers"
Ryan Craig, managing director at University Ventures
ETF is seeding investments in companies that have the potential to tackle this challenge head-on, in ways that can help close persistent skill and talent gaps. They’ve found a great strategic partner in the team at JFF.