Manos Accelerator

Manos Accelerator: Week 1

Earlier this week we announced we were part of only seven teams selected for the Manos Accelerator this fall. It is a three month program that will connect our company to mentors and networks that will help us move to the next stage. We are very excited about it and wanted to share what we have been up to this week.

Monday

Our team names were published in the San Jose Mercury News.

sleek-geek in the San Jose Mercury News

Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs

Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs

Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Councouncilmember

Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Councouncilmember

Manos celebratory dinner at SP2

Manos celebratory dinner at SP2

Tuesday

Darlene Crane, Executive Director at the Alliance for Community Development

Darlene Crane, Executive Director at the Alliance for Community Development

Rudy Garcia, a SVP & Manager from Community Bank of the Bay

Rudy Garcia, a SVP & Manager from Community Bank of the Bay

Hilda Ramirez from Got2BSocial

Hilda Ramirez from Got2BSocial

Derek Beckmann, a partner at NL Ventures

Derek Beckmann, a partner at NL Ventures

Wednesday

Wednesday was a big day, where our teams were revealed to the world at the Manos/Google kickoff event.

Our moment in the spotlight

Our moment in the spotlight

This is our Manos cohort

Smiling and talking were too things we did non-stop Wednesday night

Thursday

Tony Lopez is the Director of Site Management, Worldwide Online Stores at Apple

Tony Lopez is the Director of Site Management, Worldwide Online Stores at Apple

Mahesh Bhatia, managing director at Evalueserve: an industry pioneer in global delivery of technology-enriched research and analytics services.

Mahesh Bhatia, managing director at Evalueserve: an industry pioneer in global delivery of technology-enriched research and analytics services

Friday

Miles and Tamiko Rast from Rasteroids Design offered design and usability help

Miles and Tamiko Rast from Rasteroids Design offered design and usability help

sleek-geek joins Manos Accelerator!

Sleek-geek is proud to announce that we will be participating in the inaugural cohort of the Manos Accelerator this fall.

Read The Press Release below!

 

“It’s been a really exciting ride and I can’t wait to see where our next adventure will take us,” said JeanCarl Bisson, co-founder and web developer at sleek-geek, inc.

 

The team of two teachers and a web developer met last summer at the AT&T Mobile Education Hackathon in Palo Alto. They designed and built a prototype of Read With Me App, a digital reading assessment tool for teachers. Less than 24 hours later, they had won first place.

 

Since then, they have launched a web version, native iOS app, and on Edmodo and Chalkable. The iOS app gives teachers the ability to record the student reading and play audio back for the student to listen to and self-reflect on misread words.

 

This past summer, they have been working hard to bring a second app, Yoop.ly, to life. Yoop.ly is a behavior management tracking tool that is designed to eliminate the endless piles of paperwork and involve the student and parents in the process of recognizing and resolving behavior issues in the classroom before it interrupts the student’s learning process.

 

“After reading assessments and the endless papers we solved, we felt the referral system needed improvement,” said Francisco Nieto, teacher and developer. “We really want to help the students focus and keep learning.”

 

Manos Accelerator is a mentorship-driven accelerator program that provides “hands-on” education, business resources, infrastructure, capital, and guidance for promising startup companies led by Latinos, moving them onto a fast track to success.

 

Manos Accelerator is a first of its kind accelerator targeting Latino entrepreneurs who are generally under-represented in early-stage ventures. Over 70 teams from around the world applied for the three month program. Sleek-geek was one of only six teams to be selected.

 

“I’m really excited to have the Sleek-geek team participate in our accelerator program,” said Edward Avila, co-founder and CEO of Manos Accelerator.  ”They have real insight to problems in the education system and they are developing solutions to solve these problems.”

 

Participants of the program will be mentored by fellow Latino advisors, will be taught the skills of a successful entrepreneur, have access to free office space in downtown San Jose, and most importantly, connections to investors.

 

“This is what a young startup looks forward to,” Bisson said. “We can’t wait to move to the next step so we can see our dream come true with easy to use tools in the classroom saving teachers time and improving how students learn.”

 

For more information on Read With Me App (www.readwithmeapp.com) and Yoop.ly (www.yoop.ly), please contact connect@sleek-geek.net.