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High Touch-High Tech

2014 Franchise 500
#196
At a Glance

Products & Services: Science activities for schools/parties

Number of Locations: 195

Total Investment: $59.9K - $63.6K

Founded: 1990

Began Franchising: 1993

About High Touch-High Tech

Founded by Daniel and Ellen Shaw, High Touch-High Tech offers a 90-minute, in-school "field trip" that uses hands-on science programs. As a supplement to school science curricula, High Touch-High Tech serves children at all educational levels, from pre-school to high school. Programs cover the physical, natural, environmental and mathematical sciences and meet the National Board of Education Student Science Performance Standards. The company also provides "Sizzlin Science" Birthday Parties. High Touch-High Tech franchisees hire educators who are required to have a four-year teaching degree from an accredited college or university, as well as a certificate in teaching science or eligibility for one.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 147 15 5 28
2013 148 15 3 28
2012 145 15 3 14
2010 144 9 3 25
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $59,875 - $63,600
Franchise Fee: $52,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 7%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 15% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $125,000
Liquid Cash Available: $39,500 - $65,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. 30% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 4. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 5 days. Training videos & program manuals; bi-annual conference; technology resources training
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: Promotional items, social media, website, SEO

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #196 (2014), #196 (2013), #456 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #52 (2014), #47 (2013),
America's Top Global: #158 (2014), #168 (2013),