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- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$198K - $360K
- Units as of 2022
22 175.0% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a iCode School franchise.
iCode focuses on computer science education for young people. As well as coding, iCode teaches computer languages, programming, robotics, and audio/visual arts using state-of-the-art equipment.
iCode was founded in 2015 and began offering franchises the following year. It has since grown to over one dozen franchises and is looking to expand its reach even further.
Why You May Want to Start an iCode Franchise
The iCode approach focuses on providing students with hands-on experience. iCode is more interested in outcomes than grades. An iCode franchise offers a comfortable learning environment in which students can master skills without pressure. The students will find that learning is fun. An iCode franchise is part of the local community, and franchisees are expected to reflect this commitment.
Potential franchisees don't have to be coders to open an iCode franchise. Rather, you should simply be interested in computer science and technology. An iCode franchisee is essentially responsible for operating a training center, so they should understand educational models and theories. An iCode franchise is a dynamic business and calls for a franchisee who can multitask, has highly developed people skills, and possesses a college degree.
As a franchisee, you will operate your center according to the iCode system. You will hire qualified teachers and staff and promote the brand in your area. If you decide not to manage the center yourself, the iCode team will help you find a director.
What Might Make an iCode Franchise a Good Choice?
iCode has been ranked in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.
Opening an iCode 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.
To be part of the iCode 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 potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
How To Open an iCode Franchise
Potential franchisees can open an iCode franchise in cities with a population greater than 250,000 to ensure sufficient potential students. The iCode company has its own curriculum, and the included teaching program is constantly evaluated and improved.
If a franchise is awarded, franchisees enjoy full support from iCode headquarters, which is located in Addison, Texas. The company works with a real estate firm to help find suitable locations in retail shopping centers to set up shop. As it can take at least six months to get your center up and running, iCode starts recruiting students long before you open. The students usually come from local elementary and middle schools.
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 iCode franchising team questions.
About iCode School
- Children's Businesses
- Parent Company
- iCode Franchise Inc.
- Mike Meyers, COO
- Corporate Address
4577 Ohio Dr.
Frisco, TX 75035
- Franchising Since
- 2016 (7 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
This company is offering new franchisees in the following international regions: Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Middle East, Europe (Western), Canada, South America, Mexico
- # of Units
- 22 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a iCode School 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.
- Initial Investment
- $198,000 - $360,000
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.
- 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.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Royalty Fee
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
- 10 years
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?
- Third Party Financing
- iCode School has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
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
- 10-20 hours
- Classroom Training
- 20-40 hours
- Ongoing Support
Meetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Ad TemplatesNational MediaSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail Marketing
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- 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
- 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.
Interested in ownership opportunities like iCode School? Request a free consultation with a Franchise Advisor now.
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