Chicago, IL – October 31, 2014 – Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables people to connect with jobs, announced today it has been named one of the Up-and-Comer winners of the 13th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.
The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Thursday, October 30, with nearly 1500 business and civic leaders attending. The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 13th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market or to public service each year.
Shiftgig’s chief innovation is its digital marketplace that intelligently connects service industry workers with jobs by collecting and analyzing client requirements, worker skills, and real-time shift data to provide smarter matches. The platform will help millions of workers get millions of shift jobs and improve their likelihood of successful employment.
“Chicago is an innovation hub with talented business leaders who have the vision to see things differently and set themselves apart from the competition,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “Every winner of the Chicago Innovation Awards embodies this mindset, and each one has found a unique way to solve a previously unmet need in the market.”
“We are very excited to be recognized as an up-and-comer in Chicago,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO of Shiftgig. ”It validates our team’s efforts and inspires us to make 2015 an even bigger year as we continue to grow the nation’s largest service industry community and provide a superior employment solution to our clients.”
The winning organizations receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, a profile in Crain’s Chicago Business, and meetings with the Mayor, Governor and Cook County President.
“With more than 550 nominees received this year, it is clear that Chicago continues to rise as a global center of innovation. This region has become a magnet for attracting the capital and talent needed to fuel even more innovation activity and economic growth,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards.
The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found at www.chicagoinnovationawards.com.
Shiftgig is the service industry network, the premier online community where members connect with each other and businesses to access informative and funny content, jobs, and industry deals. With over 1 million registered members and 21,000 businesses, Shiftgig has become the largest online destination for people in the restaurant, nightlife, hotel and retail industries. For more information about Shiftgig, visit www.shiftgig.com.