New Socially Conscious Online Tutoring Service Wins Prestigious Award:
PowerUP! Brooklyn Picks Education Start Up

Brooklyn, NY, December 11, 2012 – Tutor Tango, a new high-end online tutoring service for students in grades 7-12, received a Merit Award at the 10th Annual Brooklyn Public Library’s PowerUP! Start-up Business Plan Competition. Conceived by BPL’s Business Library Success Council, and underwritten by the Citi Foundation, the competition was designed to provide Brooklyn entrepreneurs with pivotal funding and resources to turn their ideas into successful businesses. Since its inception in 2003, the competition has awarded over $287,000 in start-up funds to local entrepreneurs. Tutor Tango is the only tech start-up among this year’s winners.

Company founder and manager, Scott Wilson, decided to launch the company when he recognized the need for a high-end, “white-glove” service that focuses exclusively on delivering tutoring in an online format. Tutor Tango pairs students with top-of-the-line teachers and they meet and study virtually on a state-of-the-art learning interface. The tutoring service prides itself on the fact that it’s founded and run by teachers and tutors who know the NYC private school market.

Wilson himself has worked as a teacher and tutor (Latin, English, history, and test prep) in Manhattan for the past eight years, and his partners, investors and consultants have helped him put together a sleek, seamless tutoring interface that has video, audio, file and document sharing, instant messaging, and a fun and multi-faceted interactive whiteboard. “We only contract experienced teachers who we feel will work well with New York’s private school students on our special interface,” says Wilson. “As of now, we have about 40 teachers available to help students in just about any subject, from ACT or SAT prep to Mandarin and everything in between.”

But it was Tutor Tango’s unique social outreach mission and pilot program that attracted the attention of the PowerUP! committee’s judges. Tutor Tango is collaborating with New York-based educational organizations, including Prep for Prep and the Teak Fellowship, to provide free tutoring support for scholarship students from the outer boroughs who attend area private schools.

Tutor Tango’s Outreach Manager, Johanna Giebelhaus, who draws from her experiences as an ESL teacher and filmmaker of educationally-focused documentaries, has helped to establish community partnerships and envisions an ambitious expansion of the program. “We’d love to partner with any organizations who are sincerely interested in providing underserved students with access to our tutoring services,” she said. “Beyond that, we truly believe that our paying customers will feel good knowing that their business helps to generate tutoring support for kids who can’t afford it.”

You can read more about Tutor Tango on their company mission page: content/about-us.

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