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Hispanic Startups Picked for Accelerator Class

September 10, 2013

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

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Manos Accelerator, a Silicon Valley accelerator aimed at Hispanic entrepreneurs, has selected seven Hispanic startups from among about 75 applicants to join its accelerator program in fall.

"This is exactly what I wanted to see -- big, bold and creative solutions," Edward Avila, co-founder and CEO of Manos Accelerator, said in a release. "I know there are Latino entrepreneurs out there doing amazing things, and I'm pleased to have such a diverse group of startups both in technology and backgrounds as our very first batch."

The selections were made in conjunction with Google for Entrepreneurs.

"Our mission with Google for Entrepreneurs is to grow entrepreneurial communities and equip them with the resources and technology they need to tackle big ideas and build great companies," said Mary Grove, director of global entrepreneurship outreach at Google. "We're very excited to be partnering with Manos on their first cohort and we can't wait to see these startups pitch their products at Demo Day."

Submissions ranged from ecommerce and digital media to cloud-to-mobile solutions. A committee of business and technical leaders in Silicon Valley chose the finalists.

The finalists include two Latin American companies, three Silicon Valley companies, and two companies who traveled to San Jose from across the country. Five of the companies have at least one female founder.

The seven companies will be officially presented at a kickoff reception at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 11.

The Manos Accelerator fall participants

-- Blyve (San Jose, Calif.): real-time marketing platform.
-- BoomZip (Raleigh, N.C.): cloud utilization.
-- Hemheist (Phoenix): ecommerce site selling women's new and vintage clothing and accessories.
-- HostSpot (Mexico City): customer engagement, marketing, merchandising and operations.
-- Interesante (Menlo Park, Calif.): tailored content delivered to mobile.
-- Qritiqr (Mexico City): crowd mystery-shopping network.
-- Sleek-geek (Oakland, Calif.): teacher-led software company building mobile solutions for teachers, students, parents and schools.

The 2013 fall batch, hosted in SVG Partner's facility in downtown San Jose, started a 12-week immersion program on Sept. 9 that will end with Demo Day at Google in late November.

About Manos Accelerator

Manos Accelerator is a mentorship-driven accelerator program that provides education, resources and guidance for promising startup companies led by Hispanics.

About Google for Entrepreneurs

With over 50 programs in 110 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas.

SOURCE Manos Accelerator LLC


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