Based in San Jose, California, Manos Accelerator is on a mission to help Latinos by providing access to early-stage capital, mentorship support, and resources that will enable them to build and grow their startup companies. Manos Accelerator is a first of its kind accelerator that targets Latinos who are mainly under-represented in early stage ventures. Their program provides “hands-on” education, business resources, infrastructure, capital, and guidance for promising startup companies led by Latinos, moving them on to a fast track to success.
Manos Accelerator is run by a team of veteran entrepreneurs who believe changing the world begins with entrepreneurial talent. They seek Latino entrepreneurs who have the following traits – creativity, an innovative spirit, a “can-do” attitude and a desire to win. Without a doubt, the team believes that these are components for diversifying the local economy, finding inventive solutions, creating jobs and tackling the age old perception that Latinos are not capable. Thus, the mantra was created: Dream Big, Believe More, Act Now.
Who’s Behind Manos Accelerator?
Edward Avila – Edward is a native of San Jose and has worked at high-tech companies in Silicon Valley over the last 20 years as a Human Resources executive. He has advised and nurtured talent for emerging businesses within corporations. In 2010, he co-founded myJoblinx, the industry’s first employee-centric enterprise solution that leveraged both social recruiting and employment branding into one unique application on Facebook. In 2012, Edward was featured as a ‘Game Changer’ in Hispanic Executive Magazine.
David Lopez – David is a twenty-five-year veteran of the insurance industry, working as a computer technician from the high-tech district of New York. He relocated to California to advise his daughter, actress and musician Jennifer Lopez. David hopes to bring recognition to Manos Accelerator and its goal of promoting and nurturing Latino entrepreneurs in the field of technology.
Sylvia Flores – We featured Sylvia as our Featured Geek and love that her geeky passion is to inspire and motivate Latino/a Entrepreneurs. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and engineer with years of experience. She founded several startup companies and is knowledgeable of the U.S. Hispanic market.She was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2003 from Latino Style Magazine. She earned a Chemical Engineering degree from San Jose State University.
Manos Accelerator has developed a robust program that incorporates all the necessary aspects of launching and maintaining a successful business venture from product development to pitch strategy. Through a selection process, Manos Accelerator will identify 6-8 early-stage startup teams and invite them complete a unique 3-month “boot-camp” program of intense collaboration designed to help Latino entrepreneurs exponentially increase their business reach. It will assist these startup teams in developing scalable and innovative solutions serving both the Hispanic and general markets. The goal of the 3-month program is to provide aspiring Latinoentrepreneurs and promising ventures with mentorship from successful domain experts, educational and development opportunities, free office space, and a range of free and discounted services. As a participant of Manos Accelerator, startup teams are expected to achieve certain milestones and graduate with a lean startup ready to conquer the world. Each cohort session culminates in a Demo Day where the participants will demonstrate their product or service to a crowd of entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists. Manos Accelerator is modeled after successful programs such as Y Combinator, TechStars, and 500 Startups.
Want to learn how to become involved with the Manos? Contact them and learn how you can apply to their next program or become a mentor.