Podcast: Ep#167 “We help the children to take their future in their own hands” (Ft. David Chiem, Founder, CEO and Executive Chairman at MindChamps)

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Today on Eden Exchanges we spoke to David Chiem from MindChamps. David talks about his incredible story from refugee, to child actor, to education pioneer, and finally to Founder, CEO and Executive Chairman at MindChamps. MindChamps is an early learning and development franchise offering enrichment programmes to support children’s learning and development around the world.

Listen as David delves into his role at MindChamps, the story of how the business came about, MindChamps’ award-winning growth formula, the core difference between MindChamps and other childcare operators and much, much more.

Discussion Points:

David Chiem – Founder, CEO and Executive Chairman at MindChamps
  • David’s background
    David’s journey as a refugee, his early start as an actor and his current role at MindChamps
  • What is MindChamps?
    David describes MindChamps’ mission and how his first day, and subsequently first year, of school in Australia lead to its inception
  • What is MindChamps’ philosophy?
    David describes the idea behind the business model and how the journey behind the MindChamps philosophy
  • Who is MindChamps designed for?
    David identifies who MindChamps was designed for and where it fits in the market
  • Expansion plans and growth
    David talks about MindChamps’ future expansion plans, how the business compares in other countries and how he plans to achieve entry into other countries.
  • Is there training and experience required?
    David describes the journey and mindset the right franchisee for MindChamps must adhere to and how he continues to train his franchisees to evolve and incorporate new methods of teaching
  • Comparison and falling short of the line
    David remarks of Australia’s current ranking for teaching and schooling standards globally and how MindChamps aims to improve that ranking with a thoroughly researched and proven business model
  • Where does culture fit in?
    How multicultural cities like Singapore and Sydney draw strength for the MindChamps model, and how a good mindset early on is key
  • Who is the backbone of MindChamps?
    David lists the many important people who make up the board, the shareholders and the inspiration for MindChamps
  • Loving what you do
    David lists the many things he loves about MindChamps and why he believes it is the best start to life for children everywhere
  • How to get started with MindChamps
    How to get involved with the business and help to improve the future of kids in Australia and around the world

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About the business

MindChamps was created from the belief that every child is born with the potential to be a champion. After decades of research into early learning pedagogy, neuroscience and child psychology, and drawing upon the engagement techniques of theatre, MindChamps has crafted a new approach to early learning that is designed to equip the children of today with the foundations for future success. 

Founded in Sydney in 1998, we took our research to Singapore – possibly the most competitive and demanding educational environment in the world – to measure our new approach against the more traditional models. Armed with strong conviction and the backing of some of the world’s leading educators, scientists and literacy experts, MindChamps is now recognised as Singapore’s leading provider of premium preschool care. 

Now, returning to Australia, MindChamps is dedicated to helping each and every Aussie kid realise their true potential.