- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$394K - $655K
- Units as of 2023
14 1,300.0% over 3 years
As the name suggests, Little Kitchen Academy is a cooking school for kids. Felicity and Brian Curin founded Little Kitchen Academy on their two natural loves: cooking and children. Felicity had years of experience in the culinary world all over the country before she took on a Montessori teaching degree. With her expertise in exploratory cooking, teaching kids to cook using Montessori has grown to become the business it is today.
Little Kitchen Academy offers various cooking programs for children aged 3-18, with classes divided into age groups. In each 3-hour class, students learn to cook on their own, which builds confidence, independence, and healthy eating habits, all while gaining practical life skills. Classes are offered 7 days a week, with camps available during summer, winter, and spring breaks.
Why You May Want To Start a Little Kitchen Academy Franchise
Little Kitchen Academy believes it is all about imparting life skills learned in the kitchen to kids. The company is looking for franchisees who have a positive outlook and a passion for learning and teaching. Franchisees should also be kind and celebrate milestones that kids. They should have a keen desire to change the world, one kid at a time.
A franchisee should have the ability to develop a market via multi-unit development, a region as a development partner, or even a country as a master franchisee.
Opening a Little Kitchen Academy franchise may offer a more predictable outcome than investing in a completely new brand that could struggle to thrive in an already crowded and competitive industry.
What Might Make a Little Kitchen Academy Franchise a Good Choice?
Great minds think alike, and great meals start with the right ingredients. At Little Kitchen Academy, the right ingredient is a franchisee ready to bring their A-game to the table. A franchisee should have some culinary and teaching experience, preferably in Montessori.
To be part of the Little Kitchen Academy franchise team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and other renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company’s set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
How To Open a Little Kitchen Academy Franchise
As you decide if opening a Little Kitchen Academy franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a Little Kitchen Academy franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.
Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Little Kitchen Academy franchising team questions.
Be prepared to take on a rigorous training program before you can become a fully licensed Little Kitchen Academy franchisee.
About Little Kitchen Academy
|Related Categories||Children's Enrichment Programs: Miscellaneous, Children's Education/Enrichment|
|Parent Company||Little Kitchen Academy Ltd.|
|Leadership||Brian Curin, CEO|
3744 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6R 2G4
|Social||Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube|
|Franchising Since||2019 (4 years)|
|# of employees at HQ||40|
This company is offering new franchisees worldwide.
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
|# of Units||14 (as of 2023)|
Information for Franchisees
Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Little Kitchen Academy franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
|$394,453 - $655,086|
Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
Term of Agreement
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
|Is franchise term renewable?||Yes|
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
|On-The-Job Training||12 hours|
|Classroom Training||31 hours|
Meetings & Conventions
Security & Safety Procedures
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Additional details about running this franchise.
|Is absentee ownership allowed?||No|
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
|# of employees required to run||10-15|
Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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