Knack Gains Scale Providing Peer Tutors
Samyr Qureshi, the co-founder and CEO of Knack, is scaling up the tutoring platform to serve more students. Knack helps schools to match students who have recently completed a course successfully with students who are taking the course to get the help they need to learn the material. Both students benefit from the experience and schools find this to be an affordable way to improve student outcomes.
Interview with Samyr Qureshi, the Co-Founder & CEO of Knack.
The following is the pre-interview with Samyr Qureshi. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
Revenue model: License/platform fee charged to universities + service fee on sessions
Scale: 8 full-time employees, 4,000+ tutors on the platform
What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?
Access and coverage of academic support services on college campuses. We leverage high-achieving students on-campus as peer leaders to fill in the gaps and offer those services on a one-on-one and group basis both on-campus and online.
More about Knack:
Knack’s student and admin-friendly platforms increase coverage and accessibility of academic support services by on-boarding high achieving students to become campus peer leaders and offer appointment-based student support services on-campus (peer tutoring, mentoring, coaching, etc.). What’s really interesting is our focus on up-skilling students to be successful not just in the classroom, but also in the workplace. We do this by marrying the tutoring/mentoring with our Corporate Partners ––companies like PwC will support the Knack program on our partnered campuses by sponsoring student services within certain disciplines (e.g. accounting tutoring), further reducing the cost for the university and its student body.
Samyr Qureshi Photo Credit: Michelle Stoker Photography
Samyr Qureshi’s bio:
Samyr Qureshi is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Knack, the fastest growing peer learning platform on college campuses. Knack’s mission is to help students discover and deliver their knack – giving them the best platform to build, sharpen, and showcase their skills to their peers and future employers. Previously, Samyr worked as an Account Executive in the Emerging Technology division at Gartner and also formerly served as a Product Advisor at Apple.
Samyr was born in Abu Dhabi, UAE and immigrated to the US with his mother and sister at the age of seven. Landing in Florida, Samyr grew up in the Clearwater area and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. He graduated with honors in 2014 with a degree in Law & Criminology. Samyr has been featured on Inc.com as a Top 30 Entrepreneur to Watch in 2017, is apart of the Thiel Network, and is a K50 Fellow through the Kairos Society.
Samyr currently resides in Tampa, Florida where Knack is headquartered. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys playing guitar, listening to live music, and spending time outdoors with his dog Koda.
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