About the startup

Clann provides a sustainable pathway for suitable and vetted people to become accredited Early Childcare Assistants and/or Family Day care Service Providers. While training, and once qualified they can operate independently in Australia and/or overseas on the Clann Online Platform with access to more affordable goods and services to support their home-based business.

There is no shortage of media stories on the childcare crisis in Australia and globally. Governments are not solving it quickly enough so the community needs to be enabled to do so. Research shows that one of the biggest untapped economic resources in Australia is full time stay-at-home women. One of the biggest factors in women deciding to stay at home or return to work is access to convenient and affordable childcare.

There are simply not enough accessible and affordable childcare places today.

Clann is an innovative enabling technology platform educating, supporting and scaling up the numbers of accredited Family Day Care Service Providers and other safely vetted home based childminders in every local community providing parents with more (long-stay and occasional) childcare choice, convenience and lower costs.

About the team

Amanda McFadden
Amanda McFadden

Amanda has qualifications and background in Childcare and Social Work. Amanda has an in-depth understanding of the problems experienced by those seeking and providing home based childcare and a creative determination to ensure the Clann online platform is designed to provide solutions that will be valued by the carers and families using it.

Liam McFadden
Liam McFadden

Liam has a background in finance and management consulting and is very experienced in managing complex projects with values up to $1.0b. Liam has 12-years experience working for a major private sector services company in financial, commercial and business development roles and 15-years experience working with government agencies and developing business cases for grant funded projects delivering community infrastructure and facilities. Liam has previously co-founded One World Consulting Pty Limited (OWC) which has been operating successfully since 2006 and can call upon the OWC management consulting team to support Clann as required.

Aamir Qutub
Aamir Qutub

Aamir is an award-winning CEO and founder of Enterprise Monkey- a multinational digital firm with a presence in 4 countries, is an Australian Young Business Leader of the Year Finalist and an Investor and tech co-founder in 4 startups. Aamir has been appointed as Member Geelong Authority by the Minister of Planning. He is also the founding Secretary of Pivot Summit- an international digital conference. Aamir founded Enterprise Monkey- Web and App development company in 2014 which has recently been voted as the Australian Smartest Innovation of the year. Aamir and the Enterprise Monkey are developing both the Stage 1 MVP and this Stage 2 project to build the Clann Online Platform.

Christine Albien
Christine Albien

Christine Albien has 13 years advertising and account management experience with proven organisation and time management skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines within budget. She provides Clann with strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to establish a positive working rapport with clients, customers, suppliers and colleagues at all levels Christine has demonstrated effective conflict resolution and problem solving skills, with the ability to make sound decisions. She brings multiple skills relevant marketing campaigns including design, planning, agency briefs, creative, production & distribution, and associated work and extensive experience with strategic planning and marketing budgets.

Akasha Konkoly
Akasha Konkoly

Akasha Konkoly – Law and Arts at Queensland University, where she received Honours and a place on the Dean’s Honours List, before she moved alone to Adelaide to do Honours in Creative Writing. She volunteered as Site Manager for Vibewire.net, a leadership role of the team that won a UN World Youth Summit Award for community engagement, and worked as a content producer for the Queensland government and Southern Cross Media.

Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer

Robert was concept originator, researcher and author of Scope and Sequence Charts for Mathematics, Language, Culture, Early Childhood Development and the Development of Environmental and Social Awareness and Understanding. He has presented at the Habitat Congress at Altona, the 1994 ANZAAS Conference in Geelong, the O.E.C.D. Cities of South-East Asia Program in Melbourne, ‘Winning the Future’ Conference at Altona and the ‘Winning the Future’ Conference for the Burnie City Council.

How Runway is helping us

“One of my personal entrepreneurial goals before I even knew about the Geelong Runway Accelerator Program was to grow my start-up to a $1 million pre-money valuation; which is no small thing in the current Australian start-up investor environment.  

It was exhilarating finding out that the Geelong Runway Accelerator was designed to include and support this level of insanity ambition! During this crazy period of building a successful start-up company few people understand an entrepreneur’s drive, ambition and faith in their product. Geelong Runway has provided me with a great network of valuable resources, mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs, weekly learning events dedicated to giving me the tools to help solve my business challenges and group meetings to keep me accountable.

 

Without a doubt, Peter, Leighton, Tris and the Geelong Runway team have helped me to reach my goal of $1 million. This is certainly an accelerator program that was not afraid to give our pre-money / pre-MVP start-up a fair go and I look forward to seeing this trend continue!”

 

Liam McFadden – Managing Director, Clann Australia Pty Ltd