We were receiving interest from all around the world.
Back then, we were the only ones implementing an educational enrichment methodology for elementary age children that brought the soft skills (like communications and collaboration) front-and-center along with the hard skills of engineering and computer sciences.
Parents, teachers, principals, school administrators, businesses and organizations started reaching out to us to find ways to bring our integrated STEM to their communities and to their children. Some wanted their children to get their first experiences in computer programming, some were looking for hands-on engineering and almost everyone wanted all these wrapped up with the soft skills.
It was time to begin a formal approach towards growth and expansion. That’s when I decided to franchise the STEM For Kids business model to enable other business aspirants and entrepreneurs to take STEM For Kids to their markets.
That decision started the long and arduous process to get our business ready for franchising. My goals were clear:
- make it easy for our franchisees to replicate our business model with our training and support;
- help them grow their businesses by providing new, relevant and engaging programs for children.
We set out to create a solid foundation and worked diligently to perfect our methods, processes and curriculum. If something didn’t work right or if it was inefficient, we discarded it or changed it until we got it right. After iterating through our processes, methods and lesson plans numerous times and removing kinks, STEM For Kids was ready to be presented to aspiring business owners and passionate entrepreneurs ready to make a difference in children’s education in their communities.
Our next challenge was to make sure that we selected the best from a deluge of franchise candidates.
In the fall of 2015, we awarded our first franchise and that December, our second.
Another rewarding journey had started as now we could enable other people to bring the excitement of STEM to their children.