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    Startup Academy Course

    Put our 25 years amusement experience to work for you. Enrolling in the Startup Academy Course gets you a completed feasibility analysis with business plan, ready to be shared with potential funders. 


    This 7-Module Course is a go-at-your-own-pace, interactive fun center program with 27 individual components to ensure your project has a plan with the best chance to get funded.


    Below is further information on the course and how to get started...

​Startup Academy - Feasibility & Business Planning

Modular Online Course

Startup Academy is a step-by-step, modular approach to getting your fun center project funded and opened for business. Rich with amusement industry knowledge, guidance and materials, packaged for best-value and turn-key project development to help you through the amusement business startup process.

Course Materials & Content

As part of the FEC Network, we have been in the amusement attractions industry since 1995. From those years of experience, and our Fun Center Feasibility service, we developed the Startup Academy program. 


A simple, cost-effective, DIY business planning and startup course, for new amusement entrepreneurs looking to get a professional feasibility analysis, and completed fun center business plan, at a reasonable price.


There are many services out there that will do this for you (including our own feasibility & planning service), but they can be expensive, and it can be difficult to present to potential funders, if the entrepreneur does not have a grasp on the completed plan and it's market data. Startup Academy addresses this, by having the entrepreneur do the local research and build-out the plan with our materials and direct experience, coaching and consultation.


This is an instructor-led, go-at-your-own-pace, online fun center business startup program. It comes complete with Business Plan, detailed direction with ongoing coaching and assistance to prepare your own local feasibility analysis. 


We then use that analysis to help you complete your business plan, and get it ready for presentation to potential funders.

1. Written Business Plan

The Academy program comes with a complete business plan, including a 37 page WORD document. Quickly edit it to fit with your project.

3. Startup Academy Course

The course follows the modules below, with on-going consultation and guidance. Use the materials included, speak with your coach as needed to prepare a local feasibility analysis, and complete your business plan.

2. Project Financials

Also included are 27 attachments as your financial modeling, projections, startup costs, operating expenses and P&L  statements.

4. Facility Layout 

OPTIONAL:  Having an accurate 2D layout, designed to scale can often help in the presentation of the overall idea, and assist architects with your project scope. Saving you some dollars on architectural drawings.

Course Modules:

The course follows the business plan, based on these (7) modules of feasibility. Starting with a demographic study, we show you how to locate and use the data found in the development of your plan. Each module connects with the previous to logically and simply guide you through the entire process.

Purchase Separately:

For new amusement business developers who have already completed some research, or have pieces of an existing fun center business plan, all (7) modules may not be required. The plan package may be purchased on it's own, or combined with any of the course modules individually.

Demographics
Purchase Separately $150
MODULE ONE: Demographics
In our first module we take a hard look at your market opportunity. Local demographics along with any amount of potential secondary market from OTV and tourist trade.


Included Attachments (1-5)
- Primary Residential Population
- Population Demographics
- Visitor (tourist) analysis
- Total Estimated Population
- Percentage(%) of Age Breakdown

Each module consists of a course discussion and analysis of your local data and how it relates to the attachments and your project plan.

Competitive ​Analysis
Purchase Separately $100
MODULE TWO: Competitive Analysis
What does the market currently provide? Using a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threats), we work together to determine the opportunities to stand out, and provide value beyond the current offerings.


Included Attachment (6)
- Competitive Attractions

Each module consists of a course discussion and analysis of your local data and how it relates to the attachments and your project plan.

Lease ​Space
Purchase Separately $175
MODULE THREE: Lease Space
Based on the demographics and competitive strategy, in this module it’s time to look at space requirements and attraction mix. How much space is required based on the demographic opportunity?


Included Attachments (7-10)
- Capacity Estimates
- Vehicle Parking Requirements
- Allocation of Interior Space
- Lease Cost Estimate

Each module consists of a course discussion and analysis of your local data and how it relates to the attachments and your project plan.

Build Out
Purchase Separately $225
MODULE FOUR: Build-Out
Now that we have a better sense of how much space is actually required and what the project plan can offered, it’s time to start pulling together hard costs for build-out and startup.

Included Attachments (11-15)
- Estimated Construction Costs
- Mezzanine Cost (optional laser-tag)
- Kitchen & Service Equipment Costs
- Booths, Tables & Seating
- Startup Costs
- Project Budget

Each module consists of a course discussion and analysis of your local data and how it relates to the attachments and your project plan.

Revenues
Purchase Separately $275
MODULE FIVE: Revenues
Going back to the first module and our demographics, module 5 is all about revenues. Projected revenues based on visits


Included Attachments (16a-16h & 17 varies depending on attraction mix)
- Birthday Parties
- Admissions
- Laser Tag
- Blacklight Minigolf
- VR Stations
- Other Attractions
- Games (coin-op and redemption)
- Group sales
- Food & Beverage
- Total Estimated Sales

Each module consists of a course discussion and analysis of your local data and how it relates to the attachments and your project plan.

Operating ​Expenses
Purchase Separately $250
MODULE SIX: Operating Expenses
Based on industry data, local requirements, hours of operations and staffing, in this module we pull together the primary reporting needed to determine project feasibility.

Include Attachments (18-22)
- Operating Expenses as (%)
- Staff Schedule & Budget
- Staff Schedule & Proposed Staffing
- Total Salaries
- Expense to Income Analysis

Each module consists of a course discussion and analysis of your local data and how it relates to the attachments and your project plan.

ROI Analysis
MODULE SEVEN: ROI Analysis
Pulling it all together to project our profit and loss statements along with a final ROI statement. 

Include Attachments (23-27)
- Year One P&L
- Year Two P&L
- Five Year P&L
- Five Year P&L Cumulative Profit & Loan Payment
- ROI Analysis





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Testimonials

"...there is just so much to do I didn't know where to start until I found this program. It is so nice to have these telephone consultations, because they work me through every aspect of starting this business, things I never would have even considered..."
Denise Franks

New Startup


"Startup academy and the business plan are excellent tools that we used to save countless hours trying to configure our project presentation for the SBA. The guidance we received has been instrumental in getting our plan completed and in front of potential funders and investors."
Keith Klein

Ben's Family Fun


"I am very thankful for Mr. Derek and this program because I was initially looking at spending a lot of money to have a custom business proposal written for my partners. This service has not only helped me to complete my own business plan, but to really understand the daily requirements of operating a children's party center business."
Sudeep Mouhyl

New Startup


"We have been thinking about starting a business plan for a long time, but were always feeling overwhelmed about where to start. The consultations within the academy program have been most beneficial to understanding our market and the complete process of putting together our plan as it relates to our local opportunity."
Kyle & Maggie

New Startup

Testimonials

"This program makes me feel like I have an inside business partner with me at all times. Any questions I have are always answered through our telephone calls and my plan is coming together much easier than I expected. I am learning so much about the business too! Thank you."

Aime Krishna

New Startup


 "Startup academy has helped us complete our business plan quickly and in a professional format that we have now sent to three banks. We are waiting to hear about our application!"
Marci & John

New Startup


"...the best part of this program for me is the ongoing telephone consultations. They help us to understand the business, stay motivated and focused on my business goals. A great service, thank you!"
Kerry & Anna

Jungle Fun 


"The program really does deliver as described. I have found my coach's time and his enthusiasm and knowledge to be above and beyond the price of this program. Well done and thank you."
Jordan West

Hit & Miss Fun Center

Package Price: $795.97

( Save over $500 if plan & modules are purchased individually )

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By the end of this program you will have a completed business plan with supporting industry and community data that you can present with confidence to potential funding partners. Just as important, you will have configured your concept and ideas into a workable plan that best meets your family entertainment center goals, your access to capital and your local market opportunity.

Already have some research and initial analysis done? Perfect - with your Fun Center Coach, and the included FEC business plan you can jump into the course at any point. Your business coach is available Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pm west coast time. What could be easier or more convenient?

Enroll today and download our Complete Package; Business Plan, eBook Library, Operational & Employee Manuals and Forms.

Call us direct for a no obligation project consultation at (604)755-7942 or SCHEDULE a free, no obligation initial consultation online now

Hi there, thanks for stopping by...

We started the Academy Program after seeing a need from the many conversations we were having with new amusement entrepreneurs looking for an easier, straightforward way to get their projects started. Good folks, with good ideas in markets that have opportunity. If you find yourself in the same situation, I invite you to explore the program with us. If you have any questions about the program, how it comes together or any of the above, please feel free to call my office direct any time for a no-obligation, confidential discussion about your project goals (604) 755-7942.


Thanks for reviewing our little home on the web.

- Derek G.


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