Future of Work

Future of Work

Work plays an important role in each of our lives – but beyond paying bills and putting food on the table, work shapes our identities and connects us to one another through everyday interactions. For most Americans “work” is a basic social contract between a worker and employer. In exchange for your labor, your employer trains you, pays you, manages your taxes and health benefits, and helps you save for retirement. A decade ago, just under 90% of Americans had ‘traditional’ jobs.


Today, only 60% of Americans have this arrangement–and the number of workers with a single, full-time employer is decreasing. According to a 2015 Government Accountability Report, roughly 40% of the U.S. workforce can be classified as “contingent workers” – those employed on a non-permanent basis as freelancers, temporary workers, and contractors.


While there are 5.6 million job openings in the U.S. and approximately 7.8 million people looking for work, employers claim they can’t find good people. Additionally, the on-demand economy is creating new opportunities for particularly low-wealth workers to access employment – but these jobs often come without the standard benefits of traditional, full-time jobs. The contingent workforce often struggles to gain access to affordable health insurance, and efficiently manage taxes and retirement savings.


On November 29th, Village Capital in partnership with The Hitachi Foundation will hold a summit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought-leaders to explore strategies and the market potential of entrepreneurs improving the lives of underserved workers. The forum will highlight 12 ventures from across the U.S. providing ‘workforce services’ to low-wealth and underserved workers through: training and accreditation, portable benefits, innovation in talent matching, and money management services. 


Please note – applications will close October 31st


Program Details

The “future of work” is one in which the old social contract has disappeared–especially for low-wealth Americans–and to ensure economic prosperity for all, we need to imagine a replacement that works for all. But right now, as we look to the future of work, we see problems. We are recruiting entrepreneurs that provide ‘workforce services’ to low-wage workers and participants of the on-demand economy, such as:

  • New and innovative forms of hiring and human resources
  • New mechanism for skill or knowledge accreditation
  • Financial Technology and tools for small to medium sized businesses
  • Providing innovative work benefits for the 21st century workplace
  • Enabling a more inclusive future workforce though less biased recruitment
The participating companies will have the opportunity to work with sector experts, grow their networks, meet investors, and win up to $10,000 in prizes.
Eligibility Requirements


Geography: We are recruiting from across the United States.


Stage: We are looking for entrepreneurs that have a minimum viable product and meaningful customer validation.


Event Details:


November 29th, 2016


Registration (8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m)


Human Capital Workshop (9:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m)


Lunch (11:45 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)


Investor Forum (12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


Panel and Working Group Discussion (2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)


Reception and Cocktail (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)





Washington D.C. – TBD


Specific venue Information to follow


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