Knack, a Tampa, Florida-based edtech startup, raised $1.5M in seed funding.
The round was co-led by Tampa Bay Lightning Owner & Fenway Sports Group Partner, Jeff Vinik, alongside Charles Hudson’s seed fund, Precursor Ventures, Bisk Ventures (Corporate Venture-arm of Bisk Education), Arizona State University Enterprise Partners, Doug Feirstein (Founder of Hired, uSell, Liveops), Alex Sink (Former State of Florida CFO), Tom DiBenedetto (Fenway Sports Group), PAR Inc., and Elysium Venture Capital.
Led by Samyr Qureshi, CEO, and Jennifer Locklear, Chief Talent Officer, Knack enables top-performing college students to offer one-on-one and group tutoring/mentoring sessions on their campuses.
Officially launched in the Fall of 2016, the peer support platform is currently live on 40+ campuses via its direct-to-student model. The company partners with universities and employers to form peer support systems directly impacting student retention, soft skills development, and graduation rates.