Brisbane, 23 March 2015 – The founders of specialised child-care facility, Hummingbirds Early Intervention and Education Service, have landed a life-transforming investment from Sharks Steve Baxter and John McGrath, following their heart-warming pitch on TEN’s Shark Tank last night.
Sharing the same vision to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for all 0-5 year-olds with a disability, good friends and business partners, Rebecca Glover and Leah James, have developed a holistic approach to child-care, offering an educational, therapeutic and social setting for kids to blossom.
Rebecca Glover, Co-Director of Hummingbirds, commented: “Two years ago Hummingbirds was just starting out, and now we are looking at doubling in size, so its truly remarkable to see the speed at which we are moving.
“As mothers to two beautiful children with disabilities, the most important thing for Leah and I is that we use the exposure from Shark Tank to raise awareness of the plight of those people caring for children with disabilities. While everyday is extremely rewarding, it’s also incredibly challenging, so we hope to garner wide recognition for the amazing strength shown by both families and caregivers.”
Leah James, Co-Director of Hummingbirds, added: “Before going in to pitch to the Sharks I actually had a dream Steve invested in Hummingbirds, so it was quite literally, a dream come true. Our kids are our world, they are what motivated us to build Hummingbirds, so I speak for both Rebecca and I when I say we are going to give this business everything we’ve got.”
On last night’s moving episode of Shark Tank, Rebecca and Leah accepted a co-offer from Mr Baxter and Mr McGrath of $80,000 for 25% of the company.
Steve Baxter, Internet pioneer and startup investor, said that the specialised child-care service was too important to pass up.
“Not only does Hummingbirds strike a chord with me because of the simply incredible service it offers, it’s also a very smart business investment because it is essentially filling a large gap in the market. Rebecca and Leah have the heart, the passion, the wits and the business smarts, all brilliant traits in a business partner.”
John McGrath, CEO of Australia’s fastest growing real estate group, McGrath Estate Agents, added: “I believe success in business always starts with a dream and the passion and determination to drive a great idea. Rebecca and Leah have demonstrated these qualities. I feel privileged to be working with Steve and give the support necessary to Rebecca and Leah to grow Hummingbirds and help them achieve even greater success.”
The investment will allow Hummingbirds to build its new premises, purchase specialised equipment and facilities and to grow the brand.
To find out more about Hummingbirds go to: http://www.hummingbirds-care.com
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Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group
Laura Blue, Launch Group
Hummingbirds Early Intervention and Education Service is a specialised child-care facility providing parents and caregivers support with raising children with disabilities. Irrespective of a child’s developmental requirements, Hummingbirds offer a holistic approach to the child’s and family’s vision, in an educational, therapeutic, social and nurturing environment.