TAMPA, Fla. -- A Tampa company is working to provide students with an academic boost. 

Whether it's in-class or eLearning, experts say bridging that summer academic gap could be more of a challenge because of the pandemic. 

What You Need To Know

  • Tampa company called Knack providing free tutoring for students

  • Company pairs high-performing college students with children in south Florida

  • Tutoring free for families

  • More info on Knack

That's where Austin Doyle comes in. He's the head of partnership for a Tampa start-up called Knack. For the last few years, they've been partnering with places like the University of South Florida, providing technology to recruit and pair college students for tutoring sessions. 

Since the pandemic, the virtual need for that has increased. 

"Some students are struggling with the change to online class delivery, so as much academic support as these institutions can provide to their students, I think the better," Doyle said. 

College students aren't the only ones who need help. The tutoring company is now finding a new space in the world of K-12. 

Most recently, linking high-performing college students with children in south Florida. And all of it's free for families. 

"The students who really need tutoring support the most, are the ones who often can't afford it," Doyle said. 

The concept has gained national recognition and now these young entrepreneurs are hoping to expand their virtual tutoring to children throughout the country. 

Doyle said the company is in talks with potential partners to further expand their reach to elementary, middle, and high school students.