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Not necessarily. Since our Franchise Owners won’t actually be the ones teaching lessons to Skill Samurai students, advanced STEM-based or instructional experience is not required. However, we find that our most successful Franchise Owners have a natural love and passion for technology, and are able to pass that excitement on to their customers.
Franchise Owners who choose to start their business with just the mobile portion can get up and running is less than 3 months! Opening a brick-and-mortar Skill Samurai Center location typically takes between 3-6 months for Franchise Owners once an agreement is signed. However, we encourage Owners to be involved in the community and grow their customer base through community demos, free classes, and on-the-go partnerships during the ramp-up time so they can start generating revenue more quickly.
All Skill Samurai Directors are certified by STEM.org to ensure that they are up to date on all of the latest STEM curriculum and standards. Additionally, we update our curriculum every 6 months, and our classes are mapped and aligned to a range of international curricula, including United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and International Baccalaureate. This helps us be sure that we are teaching the most state-of-the-art concepts and programs available at all times.
We prefer our Franchise Owners to start as Owner-Operators before transitioning to semi-absentee ownership. However, we will consider the right semi-absentee or absentee owner if they have an operating partner in place.
With over 150 different courses, Skill Samurai offers more options to appeal to a wider range of students than any other STEM franchise. Our closest competitor offers 40 courses at most. Additionally, we are the only STEM franchise that offers all of the following in one place: 3D printing, Roblox, Minecraft, Robotics, Fortnite, Scratch, Kodu, and both Lego and non-Lego based programs, just to name a few.
Experience has shown us that people who are most likely to enroll their children in a Skill Samurai program may share some or all of the following demographics and psychographics:
- Parents age 35-55
- Household income $75,000+ per year
- Believe that education is the key to a better future, and that knowledge of computer science is the key to success in the most lucrative careers
- Both parents in the household work
- Child or children within the ages of 8 to 18 years old
- Capable of transporting children to the Learning Center weekly
- Live 20-30 minutes driving to the Learning Center
- Committed to the positive development of their children
- Medium-to-highly educated
- Competitive or concerned about their children relative to other children the same age
- Read publications such as Parents Magazine, children’s directories, community websites and blogs
- Go to stores/places that support children’s development
- Participate in other children’s activities e.g. music classes, soccer, karate, ballet etc.
In addition to our curriculum of engaging STEM-based courses, Skill Samurai offers an internship program for students who not only wish to enhance their college applications, but also want to build relevant work experience in their desired field. Students will leave with a portfolio of their work that can be used to demonstrate their knowledge to colleges or potential employers. None of our competitors deliver a similar program that can directly correlate to a student’s future success.
Our sole mission at Skill Samurai is to effectively educate children and teens on the real IT and computer science skills they will need for future career success. We recognize that a child can be just as intrigued by one aspect of STEM education as another, and encourage our students to take courses across all four of our available career path curricula. While each career path is well-stocked with approximately four years’ worth of course content, we recognize that interest and excitement is often the most powerful educational tool, and urge students at Skill Samurai to explore without limitations.