The Culturist Union

The Culturist Union (TCU) is an inclusive private-membership communal space where you can be seen + heard + celebrated.

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Project Ends on January 31, 2020

Project Description

The Problem

The people of Savannah do not have a centric hub that promotes diverse collaboration, interconnection, and experiences that help them thrive personally, professionally, or socially. As a result, many young professionals, creators, and freelancers relocate to cities that fully embrace their unique culture or perspective. It is our mission to provide an inclusive and innovative space that unites a union of diverse people who are eager to be their best selves, live their best lives, and thrive.

 

The Solution

(Idealized image of the space.)

 

The Culturist Union (TCU) is a private-membership hub and digital platform centered around the social, professional and economic empowerment of professionals, entrepreneurs, and creators.

What We Offer 

The Culturist Union is a modern space for work and play located in downtown Savannah.

 


Why The Culturist Union?

Esteemed Sarah Breedlove, also known as Madam C.J. Walker became the first black millionairess in America by creating and selling a successful line of hair care products. In 1917, Walker hosted her first Annual Convention called ‘The Madam C. J. Walker Hair Culturists Union of America’. More than 200 ‘hair culturists’ attended the convention to learn about sales, marketing, and management. She advocated for these entrepreneurs to use their influence and financial independence to affect social and political change in their communities. 

In Madam C.J. Walker’s community building spirit: We  would like to create a safe space where individuals of all merits can come together to create, cultivate, and collaborate with one another. We look forward to the unions that we will make, the bonds with we will build, and the connections we will foster in the present and future.

Our Space

(Idealized image of marketplace(left) and co-working space(right).)
(Idealized image of conference room and flex room.)

 

 

 

 

 

At the center of our business is a 10-for-1 grant model offering TCU membership to people in the community who meet specific socioeconomic needs, creating a truly diverse and inclusive environment. For every ten Founding Memberships purchased, TCU will fund one Annual Membership. These grants will be based upon application submissions.

 

Why Crowdfunding?

We explored many different paths to funding The Culturist Union including traditional funding from Venture Capitalists, investors, and banks. Because less than 1% of American Venture Capital-backed founders are black and only 2.2% female entrepreneurs receive a tiny fraction of all venture capital funding we decided that at the end of the day those options don’t reflect our mission to build a space for the community by the community. When the community benefits we all benefit. We believe so much in the power of TCU  that we decided to turn to iFundWomen, a female-centric crowdfunding platform to help us secure funds. These funds will be used to build out our physical space and mobile application. Join the Union. We can’t wait to take up space with you.

 

 

Our Founders

The Culturist Union was founded by two United States Air Force Veterans, serial entrepreneurs, and former corporate and non-profit professionals who met in 2013 while stationed together in Misawa, Japan. While their professional careers after the military put them on separate paths, they decided to come together to create a thriving hub to help diverse, innovative, and creative professionals feel seen+ heard+ celebrated.

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Judy Mccullum
01/24/2020
TCU Shirt
$45
Elizabeth Lira
01/18/2020
TCU Shirt
$45
Brooke
01/13/2020
TCU Social Butterfly
$25
John Banasiak
01/13/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
Brittany Jones
01/07/2020
Thank You
$10
Aliyah Curry
01/07/2020
TCU Shirt
$45
Katy
12/08/2019
Startup Consultation
$50
Sabreen Z. Mateen
12/07/2019
Startup Consultation
$50
12/04/2019
Monetary Contribution
$400
Jordon Lucas
11/27/2019
Thank You
$15
Monetary Contribution

Every dollar counts, seriously:)  Thanks for supporting our union and helping us secure the bag! (aka a physical location)

8 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Thank You

As a thank you for supporting our mission, TCU will send you all the good vibes.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
TCU Social Butterfly

TCU will publicly thank you by giving you a shout out on our social media story (remember to include your social media handle so that you can get the recognition you deserve as a true social butterfly.)

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Startup Consultation

Are you starting a new business and not sure where to start? Look no further!

You get a 45-minute consultation with our founder, Elbi, a visionary with global relations experience and years of start-up knowledge on how to turn your passion into a business.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
TCU Evangelist

Sip your coffee with your TCU mug while rocking your TCU shirt.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
TCU King/Queen

Get featured in our thank you listing as well as a link on our website.

8 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
TCU Angel

As a TCU Angel you will receive all rewards:

  • social media shout out
  • TCU mug
  • TCU shirt
  • 45-minute startup consultation with our founder, Elbi
  • thank you listing and link on our website
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,500
TCU Founding Member
  • As a Founding Member of TCU, you will have full access to the space, services, and programming we have to offer at over $1,500 in annual savings. This is a limited offer available only through iFundWomen. In addition, Founding Members receive this set annual price for as long as they are a continuous part of our union. 
  • Get a preview of TCU before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let’s Party until the sitter calls and your uber comes:) Join us for our exclusive launch party with 3 guests. Launch party date to be announced. 
  • Feel REALLY good that your contribution directly funds access to the space in our 10-for-1 scholarship model.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on our website.
  • GIFT A MEMBERSHIP
    Whether you want to join TCU yourself, or you're thinking of someone in your life that could benefit, our Founding Membership is a great gift. Providing people of color or their allies access to our community is an opportunity for them to further develop, network and connect. Memberships also make great college or graduate school graduation gifts - help them start early! You're able to put any of our rewards in another person's name. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Every dollar counts, seriously:)  Thanks for supporting our union and helping us secure the bag! (aka a physical location)

8 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Thank You

As a thank you for supporting our mission, TCU will send you all the good vibes.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
TCU Social Butterfly

TCU will publicly thank you by giving you a shout out on our social media story (remember to include your social media handle so that you can get the recognition you deserve as a true social butterfly.)

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Startup Consultation

Are you starting a new business and not sure where to start? Look no further!

You get a 45-minute consultation with our founder, Elbi, a visionary with global relations experience and years of start-up knowledge on how to turn your passion into a business.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
TCU Evangelist

Sip your coffee with your TCU mug while rocking your TCU shirt.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
TCU King/Queen

Get featured in our thank you listing as well as a link on our website.

8 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
TCU Angel

As a TCU Angel you will receive all rewards:

  • social media shout out
  • TCU mug
  • TCU shirt
  • 45-minute startup consultation with our founder, Elbi
  • thank you listing and link on our website
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,500
TCU Founding Member
  • As a Founding Member of TCU, you will have full access to the space, services, and programming we have to offer at over $1,500 in annual savings. This is a limited offer available only through iFundWomen. In addition, Founding Members receive this set annual price for as long as they are a continuous part of our union. 
  • Get a preview of TCU before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let’s Party until the sitter calls and your uber comes:) Join us for our exclusive launch party with 3 guests. Launch party date to be announced. 
  • Feel REALLY good that your contribution directly funds access to the space in our 10-for-1 scholarship model.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on our website.
  • GIFT A MEMBERSHIP
    Whether you want to join TCU yourself, or you're thinking of someone in your life that could benefit, our Founding Membership is a great gift. Providing people of color or their allies access to our community is an opportunity for them to further develop, network and connect. Memberships also make great college or graduate school graduation gifts - help them start early! You're able to put any of our rewards in another person's name. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward