If you follow Fundanoodle on Facebook then you may have noticed that we are no longer part of Carolina Pad. We’ve been busy getting organized and building our new team and are ready to make the official announcement! See the press release below!
Early Education Line Fundanoodle to Spin Off From School-Supply Giant
Fundanoodle® (www.fundanoodle.com), a new education readiness program originally developed by school- supply giant Carolina Pad, is spinning off on its own with fresh energy under new CEO and majority owner April Whitlock. April managed the brand at Carolina Pad after successfully running the company’s first consumer engagement campaign and developing the Studio C brand.
April, a mom of three, caught the entrepreneurial bug as the 32nd employee and 7 year veteran of LendingTree.com. In 2006, she launched the Charlotte office of Mom Corps, a start-up focusing on career and professional development. Two years later, April was recruited by Carolina Pad to develop and launch the Studio C brand and the company’s first ever consumer marketing campaign. April took over the management of the Fundanoodle product line in 2011 and in 2013 she successfully raised capital to establish Fundanoodle as an independent company.
Originally developed in partnership with pediatric occupational therapists, Fundanoodle was created with the belief that learning the skills required for handwriting and other educational and everyday activities should be fun. More than just handwriting tablets and workbooks, Fundanoodle helps kids with fine and gross motor coordination, enhances hand-eye coordination, encourages touch and visual exploration and promotes problem solving, discovery and self-esteem. Building confidence while learning, children become successful in and out of the classroom.
Fundanoodle is developed for differential learning at home and in the classroom, and serves as the perfect solution to the inadvertent ill effects from the increase in use of touchscreen technology by children. “I am passionate about building a company that inspires a life-long love of learning by engaging a child’s mind and muscles,” says Whitlock. “We are committed to providing parents and teachers with quality tools that are fun to use and combat the negative impact of too much touch screen technology.”
While the education market is vast, Fundanoodle has been named as one of Charlotte Business Journal’s start- ups to watch in 2014 due to its horsepower from development and product placement gained while operating under Carolina Pad and the focus on a direct-to-consumer business plan from new leadership.
Fundanoodle, a Charlotte based education readiness program, includes products ranging from writing tablets to multi-activity kits, all designed to make learning a fun and interactive experience. Organized in developmentally appropriate progression, Fundanoodle activities encourage kids to focus on and complete increasingly complex tasks. Fundanoodle is a program for kids to engage in meaningful learning experiences together with their teachers or parents. Learn more about key benefits and features of the Fundanoodle program at Fundanoodle.com
We are excited about the future of Fundanoodle and hope you will continue to be part of our family!
View the official press release HERE!