Flexable was born from Priya Amin’s need to solve her own problem. As a working parent, she experienced obstacles to obtaining flexible and reliable childcare. Since launching her company, Priya has become an advocate for childcare as an inclusion strategy. Removing this barrier is especially important for women who are disproportionately affected by child-rearing obligations. In this episode, Priya talks about the many pivots that Flexable has had to make and why childcare availability and affordability are critical to keeping productive women in the workforce.
When Priya Amin had her first child, the trajectory of her career was forever changed. After two years as a stay-at-home mom, she decided that she wanted to get back into the workforce. That’s when she experienced firsthand just how hard it was to obtain accessible and reliable childcare as a working parent. Determined to solve her own problem, Priya decided to turn this challenge into a business opportunity. In 2016, after joining AlphaLab’s accelerator program, she and her business partner launched Flexable.
Flexable addresses the growing need to provide on-demand and pop-up childcare solutions to busy parents. Before the pandemic, Priya’s company partnered with over 150 organizations to take care of thousands of children by offering on-site childcare in over 1,500 locations throughout the Pittsburgh region. In 2020, the pandemic posed a significant threat to the company’s business model. Instead of permanently closing their doors, Flexable made a hard pivot to a 100% virtual childcare offering. Today, they are providing much needed relief for parents all across the country who are working from home and juggling multiple responsibilities during this difficult time.
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