Learning never takes a day off
Many people are unaware of all the work that must go into finding a substitute teacher. It is time consuming and expensive. Today’s Pennsylvania-based startup, theSMARTsub, recognizes this and provides a cost efficient solution.
theSMARTsub was born after four years of research and development which resulted in the world’s only Substitute Management System.
theSMARTsub has been designed to be used easily for everyone involved. When a teacher needs a substitute they can report off using their phone or personalized dashboard on theSMARTsub.com website. theSMARTsub gets to work finding the best available substitute and all information is relayed to the sub and school personnel.
Learn more about how theSMARTsub got its start from COO, Kevin Kozial.
What inspired you to start your company?
I am passionate to see America's youth exceed their own expectations. The current education system lags behind much of the rest of the world. We are dedicated to creating the best learning opportunity by efficiently placing the best available Substitute Teacher in the classroom when the normal teacher is absent.
Tell us about your product or service
Using robust technology, our internet based system efficiently contacts the best available Substitute, and then communicates all pertinent information to those that need it. theSMARTsub Substitute Management System, reduces administrative burden, eliminates human error and our unique business model saves schools much needed money.
Tell us something unique about you and your co-founder(s)
Our co-founders are all parents concerned with the direction in which the American Education system is headed. We each spend a considerable amount of time volunteering in hopes of making an impact for the country's youth.
What problem does your product or service solve?
Saving money for schools of all sizes, eliminating administrative burden and efficiently creating the best possible learning environment when a regularly scheduled teacher needs to be out of the classroom are just some of the benefits of theSMARTsub.
What are your startup's three biggest challenges to growth?
The biggest challenges to growing our startup involve Capital, Marketing and keeping up with technology.
How has the Startup America Partnership helped you overcome these challenges to growth?
The Startup America Partnership has helped development of theSMARTsub in a number beneficial ways; The Learning Series has provided SO many interesting and informative webinars and videos - each with important points and specific details to aid any startup! The engaging blogs are chock full of inspiring strategies and concepts all geared to helping others succeed. Opening doors to opportunities and contest that I would not have heard about otherwise. The ability to interact with peers and mentors should not be overlooked!
What Startup America Member Benefits have you used?
In the short time I have been a member of Startup America Partnership, I have extensively used the Learning Series, entered contests, attended the Travelers/NYSE Euronext symposium and created important contacts on many levels.
Why should startups join Startup America?
Joining Startup America is a "no brainer". With the abundance of quality resources at hand including discounts, webinars, networking, etc., there is so much to gain from one comprehensive source and nothing to lose!
What is the startup culture like in your City/State?
Pennsylvania's startup culture is "interesting". Philly and Pittsburgh are two very bright spots for startups with Lehigh Valley making a strong presence lately.
What else should we highlight about your startup?
theSMARTsub's sincere intention is to provide a seamless learning environment when the regularly scheduled teacher is out of the classroom. We have also resisted outsourcing any of our needs overseas - instead opting to keep as much business as possible within the U.S.
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