Manos Accelerator, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley targeting global Latino entrepreneurs, and Entrepreneurs for Google has announced the selected startups that have joined the Manos Accelerator program for the 2015 spring batch. Manos Accelerator, an organization that is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a mentorship-driven accelerator that provides education, resources and guidance for promising startup companies led by Latinos/Latinas.
“We’re committed to supporting diverse tech communities and entrepreneurs from around the world,” said Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs at Google. “We share Manos’ vision and passion to support a diverse group of founders in building innovative companies that will change the world. They have been able to work with some amazing talent and we are excited to meet and support these teams as they grow their companies.”
After a screening by a selection committee comprised of business and technical leaders in Silicon Valley, five companies were selected from approximately 73 applications received over a 30-day period. The 3rd class of the program includes one international company from Latin America and four from the United States.
Over the past year, there has been a lot written about the lack of diversity in tech,” said Edward Avila, Co-founder of Manos Accelerator. “Manos is a real need for a rising generation of Latino and Latina innovators who are jumping into the creation process of technology. Our mentorship program and strategic partnerships enable us to support our founders and startup teams from the program to get to the next level. We can’t wait to start working with our 3rd batch of startup companies and be part of their journey.”
Below please find the five startup companies that make up the newest alums:
LENS (San Francisco, CA): LENS aims to create synergy between digital and physical realities through bio wearable technology.
MakeMyQuince (Sacramento, CA): MakeMyQuince aims to be the first to bring online planning tools and crowd-funding to Quinceañeras.
SmileyGo (Berkeley, CA): SmileyGo is a social enterprise that seeks to connect businesses with non-profits via its technological platform in order to generate a win-win situation for both for-profit and non-profit tech platforms.
Shovel apps (Buenos Aires, Argentina): Shovel apps is a flexible Open Source CMS & App Maker that lets users create mobile applications for Android and iOS, without coding skills.
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