Mad Science Group Inc.

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Science education and entertainment programs

Number of Locations: 157

Total Investment: $70.3K - $89.8K

Founded: 1985

Began Franchising: 1995

About Mad Science Group Inc.

As children, brothers Ariel and Ron Shlien loved to create crazy science experiments. As adults, they realized that kids like fun, cool science. So in 1985 they started Mad Science by hosting "edu-taining" birthday parties featuring scienctific demonstrations.

Franchising began in 1995, with initial franchises in Florida and Toronto, and now has franchises worldwide offering educational demonstrations to preschools, in-class and afterschool programs, community centers and scout programs. The company also provides entertainment for birthday parties, special events, camps and more.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 95 23 39 0
2014 99 23 38 0
2013 100 23 35 0
2012 103 23 33 0
2011 114 22 29 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, South America, Western Europe.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $70,300 - $89,800
Franchise Fee: $23,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Liquid Cash Available: $23,500
Franchise can be run from home. 5% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 - 30. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (95% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 5 days. At franchisee's location: 5 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #471 (2015), #483 (2013), #452 (2012),
Low-Cost: #93 (2013), #100 (2012),
America's Top Global: #151 (2015),