Lumina Foundation awards 2019 Education Innovation Prizes

April 2019 – Lumina Foundation – Miami Dade College’s Accelerated Credentials Training and Skills program and peer-learning app Knack each receive $25,000 to help adults secure the knowledge and skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs.

Knack preps for a high-profile pitch

April 2019 – St. Pete Catalyst – Knack is one of three finalists for the Lumina Foundation Education Innovation prize, and a potential $50,000.

Tampa startup Knack — it’s like Uber for college tutors — attracts new investor

January 2019 – Tampa Bay Times – The partnership comes with $125,000 through an annual education initiative sponsored by the Village Capital investment fund.

Education testing company, venture fund back Tampa tech firm Knack

January 2019 – St. Pete Catalyst – Knack, a Tampa educational technology company, won the Village Capital U.S. Education Program, a venture development program for a dozen U.S. education startups.

Peer tutoring platform Knack raises $1.5M from Charles Hudson, Jeff Vinik

November 2018 – TechCrunch – Knack, a peer tutoring platform aimed at college students, is taking a different approach than some online tutoring marketplaces have in the past.


November 2018 – eLearningInside – Since 2015, a lot has changed for Knack. First, the company has grown rapidly and now has a foothold on at least 40 campuses nationwide.

Vinik-backed tutoring app raises $1.5 million

November 2018 – Tampa Bay Business Journal – A local app is taking what used to be just a quick hobby to make cash and turning it into a chance for future employment. And it is the partnership that made Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik take notice.

Knack Raises $1.5M to Connect Tutors With Students—and Employers

November 2018 – EdSurge – A handful of tutoring startups have tried to smoothen out the process for students looking for extra support. One of those companies, Knack, today announced it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to go beyond helping students study or earn extra cash—by helping the tutors get hired full-time.

Jeff Vinik and San Francisco venture fund lead seven-figure seed round for Knack

November 2018 – St. Pete Catalyst – Tampa-based educational technology firm Knack has closed a $1.5 million seed round that included several well-known local investors alongside funders from Boston and Silicon Valley.

Featured Founder: Samyr Qureshi of Knack

November 2018 – Embarc Collective – Welcome to our Featured Founder series, where you’ll meet startup founders from Tampa-St. Pete who are scaling their ventures to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Village Capital’s Latest Funding Competition Features 12 Edtech Startups Tackling the Skills Gap

July 2018 – EdSurge – This marks Village Capital’s fourth competition for U.S. education startups, which focuses on supporting startups that aim to close the skills gap between underemployed Americans and unfilled jobs.

Tampa startup in the running for $100K equity investment

March 2018 – Tampa Business Journal – Knack, which has a mobile app to help college students find peer tutors, is one of 20 companies worldwide selected for the Challenge Cup.

Tutoring company founders find Tampa has the ‘Knack’

March 2018 – Tampa Bay Times – “It’s funny because most of our money has been raised in Silicon Valley, but now that we’re in Tampa we’ve started rallying local investors who believe in what we’re doing,” said Qureshi

Small venture firm, big mission: Diversity

January 2018 – USA Today – Precursor Ventures is not yet a big name in venture capital, but it’s taking on a big mission.

Student entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the Gator Hatchery

January 2018 – Warrington College of Business Newsroom at University of Florida – Since graduating from the Hatchery, Knack has seen continued success. It currently serves students at almost 80 universities across the nation and has a 98% satisfaction rating among users.

Peer-to-peer tutoring app gains traction on college campuses, national recognition

May 2017 – 83 Degrees Media – Knack, which originally launched its product in Gainesville in 2016, is gaining traction. It was chosen by the San Francisco-based Kairos Society, a group that finds promising entrepreneurs and connects them with potential funders and industry leaders, as one of 50 to attend a Global Summit in April in New York City.

50 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

April 2017 – Inc. – Each year, the Kairos Society, the San Francisco organization for entrepreneurs interested in solving global problems, offers up its list of top global entrepreneurs under the age of 25.

Why one of Tampa Bay’s newest angel funds backed this college tutoring app

April 2017 – Tampa Bay Business Journal – Funding from well-known financial backers is one sign that Tampa Bay startups are reaching new levels, said Allen Clary, entrepreneur-in-residence at Tampa Bay WaVE, a nonprofit that services and houses young firms and has been working with Knack.

New App has a Knack for Tutoring

September 14, 2017 – The Daily Tar Heel – With midterms just around the corner, UNC and N.C. State students have a new, Uber-style option for tutoring help.

America’s Top 30 Emerging Companies of 2017 – Knack

May 22, 2017 – Inc. – Knack This Gainesville, Florida, company’s platform tutoring for students by students. Users can also set location and duration of each tutoring session.

Mobile tutoring app claims top prize at Big Idea Competition

April 2016 – Warrington – Knack, a peer-to-peer tutoring mobile app, won the first-place, $25,000 grand prize at the 2016 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition on Friday.

Mobile tutoring app wins UF “Big Idea” business contest

April 25, 2016 – GainesvilleScene – The team of current and former University of Florida students behind a mobile -friendly tutoring app won first place and $25,000 in the 2016 Warrington College of Business’ Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition.

Knack on Product Hunt!

April 2016 – Product Hunt – Tutoring simplified: find a tutor that aced your exact class.

How Knack Makes Tutoring Suck Less

April 11, 2016 – GainesvilleScene – When something sucks, technology moves in to make it suck less. We live in an on-demand society where solutions to our everyday problems can usually be found in the form of an app.

App helps students find tutors based on location

February 24, 2016 – The Independent Florida Alligator – Knack, a tutoring app created by a UF student in December 2015, allows users to find other students on campus who have experience in different classes. The $20 and hour peer tutoring app will be expanding to other schools including, The University of South Florida and Florida State University, within the next year.

The Must-Use App for Acing Finals

December 3, 2015 – GainesvilleScene – Knack, a tutoring app created by a UF student in December 2015, allows users to find other students on campus who have experience in different classes. The $20 and hour peer tutoring app will be expanding to other schools including, The University of South Florida and Florida State University, within the next year.