Georgetown has a reputation for funneling its students into some of the most well-respected banks and consulting firms in the world. Almost 40% of Georgetown’s 2014 graduating class began their careers in financial services or consulting, working for the likes of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Deloitte. For John Snyder (MSB ‘16) and Connor Bernstein (COL ‘16), however, these two tried and true paths were not what they were looking for.
After they graduate this spring, Connor and John hope to follow their entrepreneurial vein by seeing where they can take Connor’s start-up, Connor’s Kits for Kids. A three-person operation, (Maddi Niebanck COL ‘17 also works for the company, but is abroad) Connor’s Kits for Kids is a company that “…sells low-cost science kits designed by kids for kids to after-school programs.”
Connor started the venture in the 4th grade, spawning from his frustrations with the science kits he grew up with and his teachers’ inability to answer his questions. As Connor puts it, “Our goal first and foremost is to make an affordable product for schools, and then secondly makes it really easy for teachers, with or without any science background, to start teaching science.”
Their products, called ‘activity packs,’ include enough materials for 25 students, a quick-start guide for teachers to immediately start teaching science, and more detailed fact sheets that allow them to answer their students’ questions.
Although Connor’s Kits for Kids has an incredible mission and the ideal products for their target market, both Connor and John agree that they are “constantly putting out fires.” So what keeps them motivated in their endeavors?
For John, it is the chance to work in the fast-paced environment. “Every day, something new is happening and developing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
For Connor, it’s the vision. “What’s so exciting working for a start-up is that you have complete control over where you take the company; it is very freeing. Working in a big company there’s not that sense of accomplishment, if we make a big sale, it’s like…we just did that.”
As Connor’s Kits for Kids continues to grow, the minds behind the business look to become the primary name in the after school science education space. Despite big goals, they are ultimately just excited to see where the company will be in the future.