JVS Entrepreneur Graduates Chosen to Participate in MassChallenge Program

Congratulations to Magbe Savane, Keri Steckler, and Skerley Telusnor—graduates of JVS' entrepreneurial training programs—for being chosen to participate in the MassChallenge Entrepreneur Partners Network, an inaugural program run by The Boston Foundation. The graduates, who participated in the CJP/JVS Entrepreneurship Program or Massachusetts Refugee Enterprise Achievement Program, will be given access to a free workspace in the MassChallenge office; attend workshops that will be open to all of MassChallenge’s current entrepreneurs; develop a mentorship with a business expert who will provide free business advice and connections; and have their fee waived to apply for the 2015 MassChallenge Class.

The graduates have already participated in the MassChallenge boot camp, a one-week, intensive program of inspirational, educational, mentorship and social events where participants learn real life lessons from successful startup CEOs, investors, lawyers and executives on how to build and grow a sustainable, high-growth company.

Check out Magbe’s, Keri’s, and Skerley’s businesses below:

MAKOMAS- Magbe Savane

Makomas sells 100% natural and authentic beverages. We create the freshest beverages made from only sustainably grown premium organic West African fruits, flowers and roots. Our exotic drinks- baobab, ginger and hibiscus are crafted in small batches using family recipes handed down through the generations. As a result, our gourmet super drinks are tantalizingly exotic and thirst quenching. We believe that our customers deserve high quality beverages that are perfect to the last sip!

TICK TOCK, LLC – Keri Steckler

A patent-pending medicine tracking device, Tick Tock has created a uniquely simple and effective solution to tracking medication, with a focus on Children’s medications. A beneficial safety tool to both avoid dangerous errors regarding overdosing and improve adherence, our tool is simple and effective to use. Our product hooks onto the needed medication, leaving all safety and dosage instructions intact. The product is visible with each use which results in active tracking and patient compliance. Plus, it has a unique feature of a sticker, which upon removal acts as a visual tracker that the dose was given, as well as a reward to children who may not want to take their medication. A product with high margins for both the wholesaler and retailer, we are focusing on both retail sales and in-package opportunities with pharmaceutical companies.


Motivated Helpers is a startup company providing residential - commercial cleaning. Skerley Telusnor is a vibrant and motivated proprietor whose goal is to meet and exceed her current and future customers’ satisfaction by providing the best reliable services any customer would expect. Motivated Helpers will offer a wide range of services to the residential client, from general room cleaning to child/pet disasters. Customers seek out cleaning services based on a combination of reputation, price, and depth of services offered. While large offices value depth of services more so, smaller firms put a greater value on price.