What is GogyUp?

In February 2017, 352,000 manufacturing jobs were unfilled nationally.

By February 2018, that number increased by 20% to 426,000.

Despite the number of unfilled openings, fewer than 10% of 36,000,000 pre-literate adults have access to instruction they need.

The endemic and expanding worker shortage and the lack of access to instruction should be creating new opportunities to approach adult education and workforce training differently. Yet no options exist that provides employees with underdeveloped literacy to learn what they need to know work tomorrow and build their reading skills over the long term.

Until now. Introducing the GogyUp Employment Literacy System (ELS).

GogyUp ELS is a standalone, human resource tool for on-boarding, training, and up-skilling employees, regardless of their level of literacy. Designed over 12 months and hand-in-hand with adult ex-offenders and new Americans, GogyUp provides employees with just-in-time, personalized reading assistance for any word in any document and immediate translates commonly used English words.

How GogyUp Works 
GogyUp's Employee Literacy System (ELS)
The GogyUp ELS reduces language barriers between employees and supervisors as it increases employee literacy - enabling  your company to reduce uncertainty around safety and productivity while expanding your employees' skills and knowledge.

Who Are We?
The Team
Our founding team brings a set of skills that uniquely equips GogyUp:
  1. To deepen the pool of talent necessary to expand the workforce, 
  2. Profoundly expand opportunity for any adult to achieve literacy, 
  3. Thereby ensure economic security for all families and businesses.
But perhaps the team's greatest quality is in our ethos to hold the "student" (Gogy-speak for our end-user) at the center of everything: to deeply understand all the factors in our students lives and to "co-design" with them not FOR them.
Ned Zimmerman-Bence, Co-Founder
Instructional Design, Business Development, & Administraiton

Ned's twenty-five year career spanned different environments (special education, K-12 and Higher Education) and various roles (classroom teacher, instructional designer, school administrator, program design and implementation of Open Educational Resources at state and national levels).  These experiences give him a broad and deep knowledge of the various factors contributing to a program success and failure.  

David Radcliffe , Co-Founder
Data Science & Engineering

After receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics, David followed his passion for teaching others and taught mathematics to community college students and New Americans preparing to enter college.  He then heard the siren song of GogyUp that allows him to apply both his passion for data science and deep learning with expanding opportunities for learning.

Chris Koranda, Co-Founder
Chris co-developed the business-critical applications and provided key coaching of his team that enabled ProtoLabs to scale from a 9-person startup to a global, publicly traded company.  
Brian Lukis, Co-Founder
Engineering & Design
One of the original employees of ProtoLabs, Brian developed, scaled, and managed the expansion into Asia the business-critical applications that eventually generated over $100 million in annual sales. 
Apply to trial GogyUp in your business, community or organization:
  • Do you have a use case for how language barriers affect your employees' communication, safety, or productivity?
  • Is one person able to be the "point person" to relay questions and provide feedback?
  • Do you have more than one language spoken in your workplace?
Contact us to discuss your use case and the possibility for a fit.