Brown Girl Project

We are where culture, community & opportunity meet FIRST.
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Project Ends on October 31, 2019

Project Description

 

 

The Mission:

To be a space that curates for, and caters to, women of color.

  1. The Brown Girl Project is committed to building communities. Our belief is that being a part of a group of supportive women is vital to creating business success.

  2. We believe that creating a beautiful workspace increases focus and productivity. We also believe that women who have the option to either work from home or have access to a professional workspace on an as-needed basis within their own community.

  3. We are dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment where we curate introductions and offer events that connect like-minded members.

  4. We are obsessively dedicated to education, self-development, and lifelong learning. By offering service and amenities like the workshop like the Lab series and the Kitchen series.

The Opportunity:

Currently, there are less than 60 black-owned co-working spaces in the United States. Less than 20 owned by minority women. That’s a small fraction of the over 6,000 co-working spaces that exist across the country, supporting a growing 500,000+ freelancers, startup companies, consultants, and emerging founders. Meaning that if you are a successful black or brown woman that has created her own lane, you most likely will have to leave your neighborhoods to do business or find work environments that are comfortable, desirable, or provides the service and amenities necessary.

 

The Data:

Black women-owned businesses have grown by 67.5%, and Hispanic women-owned operations have increased by a whopping 87.5%. Across all ethnicities, however, the number of women-owned firms is increasing faster than the number of men-owned businesses, especially in markets like Chicago.

 

Brown Girl Project is more than a social club, we are a social enterprise that offers communal and office space designed for women with media, fashion, beauty and technology in mind. 

(Inspiration Photo image of the space)

 

OPENING FALL 2019

Our first location will be in the heart of one of Chicago's black metropolis's, providing women with a beautiful workspace and intriguing amenities and services. 

 

Our Bronzeville space will include:

  • 8-10 Offices ( Available for reservation now) 

  • Open workspace with high-speed wifi and outlets

  • Private Powder Room which includes a comfortable lounge with led podcast mirrors for Youtube and professional makeup application with couches and chairs

  • Podcast & Social Media Room

  • Children's lab & more top secret amenities 

 

The App

 

The blueprint to the business. Its equally as important is our vision is to create one on one engagement connecting online and forming a community digitally go hand and hand.

Our app allows for "true virtual" memberships that support a global reach of connecting women for business as well as to experience content and creativity.

For onsite members, the app is their portal to everything the space offers. In addition to doing things like opening doors, booking conference rooms, and community events and workshops.

Your profile helps you meet and connect with members (globally), navigate opportunities for relationships and business connections. It also gives you virtual members access to content from events they couldn’t be onsite for.

We believe the need for brown girls to connect is global, and here is the opportunity to satisfy the need.

Here’s the link to the prototype. https://invis.io/C6R7ZKTZ2SE

Born out of the realization that women of color, especially now, with a new generation of entrepreneurs and freelancer in creative, social media, tech and beyond, they deserve a space that meets them where they are.

A space intelligently designed with amenities for business and beauty that rival the best spaces for networking, learning, creating, and connecting. As women of color who work remotely, it was a goal to create a space that was designed for us and by us.

Christine Griffith, Founder

The concept creator of the project, a transplant originally from Phoenix, who moved to Chicago 16 years ago with a background in luxury retail and media sales.

Ashley Shareef, Branding & Marketing Guru

Christina Tarrant-Dantzler, E-commerce Strategist

 

"We shouldn't be aiming to network up -- we should be networking across: "Who's next to you? Who's struggling? Who's in the trenches with you? Who's just as hungry as you are? And those are the people that you need to build with."              - Issa Rae

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Ashley Shareef
06/09/2019
BGP Supporter
$25
Monetary Contribution
NO REWARD | JUST BEING AMAZING WORKS 

Only have $1? We'll take it AND appreciate it greatly 

Got $100,000? We will take that too and appreciate it also 

Give whatever is in your heart, because you believe in the mission of bringing accessibility, inclusivity, and representation coworking and creative spaces. Your contribution will help us build beautiful communities in and near the communities that often get left out.

PLUS at this level of giving, you get to enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings that come along with knowing you've supported dynamic women and are changing the landscape around them.

No Limit

 

0 Supporters
Contribute
$30
Beauty & More Package

Whose a VIP? YOU ARE! 

REWARD:  This is a limited engagement. An exclusive invitation to Brown Girl Project "Sneak Peak" presentation in partnership with Koval and fashion brand Kahmune 

We have partnered with a London/NYC luxury shoe designer for a private experience in one of Chicago's intimate hotel's the Sophy-HYDE PARK.  Enjoy a custom-fitting experience, beauty treatments, craft libations from Koval Distillery (a local + women-owned business), and of course posh space for lounging and great people connections. 

Limited Tickets available- BOOK ASAP 

Estimated Delivery: SEPTEMBER 13th 2019

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$49
Pre-MEMBERSHIP RESERVATION

READY TO COMMIT?

We are ready to have you! There are only 100 slots available to a part of the start of the revolution. What do you get? 

YOUR REWARD: 

  • Beta Profile for the BGP app and networking site. 
  • Invitation to "pop-up" and preview experience- Details COMING SOON!
  • Big high-five 🙌🏽 from me (if/when I see you next)
  • No Shipping Required.

     

    Estimated Delivery: Fall 2019

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$500
Pre- MEMBERSHIP to Office Space

You Get an Office!

Lock it in with a deposit! Secure your 2-4 person office amongst some of the most talented, creative and connected women in Chicago. Office comes with more amenities than we can list here, go to the website for details.

REWARD:
  • Office space comes with membership for 2-4 team members
  • Additionally, you receive a complimentary month Powder Room membership for the team  
  • Access to events, labs, childcare and more! 
  • Estimated Delivery: Fall 2019
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$1,000
"The Angel"

Eternal gratitude for your amazing generosity!

Additional Rewards includes:

  • Exclusive invitation to the Pre- Grand Opening and launch party 
  • Access to exclusive VIP events and programming
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution
NO REWARD | JUST BEING AMAZING WORKS 

Only have $1? We'll take it AND appreciate it greatly 

Got $100,000? We will take that too and appreciate it also 

Give whatever is in your heart, because you believe in the mission of bringing accessibility, inclusivity, and representation coworking and creative spaces. Your contribution will help us build beautiful communities in and near the communities that often get left out.

PLUS at this level of giving, you get to enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings that come along with knowing you've supported dynamic women and are changing the landscape around them.

No Limit

 

0 Supporters
Contribute
$30
Beauty & More Package

Whose a VIP? YOU ARE! 

REWARD:  This is a limited engagement. An exclusive invitation to Brown Girl Project "Sneak Peak" presentation in partnership with Koval and fashion brand Kahmune 

We have partnered with a London/NYC luxury shoe designer for a private experience in one of Chicago's intimate hotel's the Sophy-HYDE PARK.  Enjoy a custom-fitting experience, beauty treatments, craft libations from Koval Distillery (a local + women-owned business), and of course posh space for lounging and great people connections. 

Limited Tickets available- BOOK ASAP 

Estimated Delivery: SEPTEMBER 13th 2019

150 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$49
Pre-MEMBERSHIP RESERVATION

READY TO COMMIT?

We are ready to have you! There are only 100 slots available to a part of the start of the revolution. What do you get? 

YOUR REWARD: 

  • Beta Profile for the BGP app and networking site. 
  • Invitation to "pop-up" and preview experience- Details COMING SOON!
  • Big high-five 🙌🏽 from me (if/when I see you next)
  • No Shipping Required.

     

    Estimated Delivery: Fall 2019

250 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Pre- MEMBERSHIP to Office Space

You Get an Office!

Lock it in with a deposit! Secure your 2-4 person office amongst some of the most talented, creative and connected women in Chicago. Office comes with more amenities than we can list here, go to the website for details.

REWARD:
  • Office space comes with membership for 2-4 team members
  • Additionally, you receive a complimentary month Powder Room membership for the team  
  • Access to events, labs, childcare and more! 
  • Estimated Delivery: Fall 2019
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
"The Angel"

Eternal gratitude for your amazing generosity!

Additional Rewards includes:

  • Exclusive invitation to the Pre- Grand Opening and launch party 
  • Access to exclusive VIP events and programming
0 Supporters
Select this reward