Startup gets record venture capital investment to alleviate Montana’s childcare shortage – Missoulian

“We allow them to focus on what matters,” Mackey said. “Spending time with the children they’re caring for.”


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There’s such a shortage of affordable, high-quality childcare in Missoula and Montana that sometimes people spend years on a wait list, then decide to get pregnant only until after they know they’ve been accepted at their preferred facility.

A pair of Montana entrepreneurs believe they’ve come up with a business model that will empower women to pursue good careers, earn a great wage, stay in the workforce and help alleviate Missoula’s affordable childcare availability crisis. And investors are convinced they’ve got a good idea, too, as they recently secured $5.95 million in venture capital, the largest seed funding round in Montana history.

Co-founder and CEO Erica Mackey and her business partner, Elizabeth Szymanski,founded MyVillage, a company that helps people start childcare centers in their home and run them successfully.

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