The Culturist Union

The Culturist Union is a private membership co-working space, marketplace, & cultural hub for people of color & their allies in Coastal GA.

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Project Ends on January 31, 2020

Project Description

The Problem

Professional People of color do not have a designated community space to thrive in Coastal Georgia. We often find ourselves on the outside looking in, relocating to another city for better opportunities, or assimilating into communities that do not fully embrace or celebrate our unique culture or perspective. As double minorities, we have witnessed and experienced the effects that the lack of representation has on ALL people. It is our mission to unite a union of diverse people who are eager to be their best selves, live their best lives, and thrive.

The Solution

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The Culturist Union is a space designed for People of Color and their allies to lean on and learn from one another. It is a safe brick-and-mortar workspace, retail space, cultural hub and digital platform centered around the artistic and economic empowerment of professionals and creative entrepreneurs. As the first of its kind in Savannah Georgia, we offer weekly programming, events, and workshops on a variety of topics such as: leadership, business, artistic creativity, self-care, health, mental wellness, personal and business finance, technology, community organization, and more- all aimed to support and uplift creativity, cultivation, and comradery amongst our members. TCU fills a gap addressed by no other business in Coastal Georgia. 

What We Offer 

The Culturist Union is a modern space for work and play in downtown Savannah offering services that help our members reclaim their time and redefine themselves into their best version. TCU is…

We sincerely believe in the empowerment and economic advancement of Black and Brown people and it is our hope to fill our space with members who share our same vision. 

Our Space

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  • Open Lux café-styled seating 
  • Marketplace where members’ can sell their product or service to the local community 
  • A fresh rotating selection of food and beverages
  • Fully outfitted conference room with access to computers, printer, fax, copier, high- speed Wi-Fi and outlets
  • Art installations from local artists and photographers.
  • Unique programs and events . 
  • Empowering workshops across a variety of topics: personal finance, negotiation, creative expression, and more. 

All programming at The Culturist Union is meant to uplift, support, and broaden our members’ experience. We will work with organizations, groups and companies that share our ethos. We will partner with: 

  • Local museums and galleries to curate seasonal exhibits and host residency sessions with local artists, photographers and designers. 
  • Local wellness and health groups to help create a space of healing and enlightenment. 
  • Local restaurant groups and chefs for collaborations.
  • Local activist and philanthropic organizations who have a direct impact on our community. 
  • Art showcases such as open mic night, poetry slams, and comedy shows. 
  • Social mixers such as trivia night, game night, brunches, movie showcases, and plays. 
  • Concierge services designed to give you back your free time.
  • Professional development coaches: mentor matching, executive coaching, and member networking events.

 

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 enviroment. 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

Elbi and Carmen are United States Air Force Veterans, and Libra sisters who met while stationed in Japan. While their professional careers after the military put them on separate paths, their passion and drive to create a personal and professional community for the city of Savannah led them back together. 

Updates

The Project FAQs

 

 

 

Al Lomax
11/16/2019
TCU Evangelist
$75
Mckay
11/15/2019
TCU Social Butterfly
$25
Gracie Esparza
11/14/2019
Thank You
$10
Tai
11/12/2019
TCU Shirt
$45
11/11/2019
TCU Shirt
$45
Russell Canady
11/07/2019
TCU Networker
$200
anyonomous
11/06/2019
Monetary Contribution
$1,000
Richie
11/03/2019
TCU King/Queen
$100
Thugnificint
11/01/2019
Thank You
$10
Anonymous
10/31/2019
Monetary Contribution
$428
Monetary Contribution

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

5 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Thank You

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

7 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.)

2 Supporters
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$35
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$45
TCU Shirt

Represent TCU in your dope new tee.

3 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.

0 Supporters
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$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. 

0 Supporters
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$600
TCU 3-Month Membership

As a Monthly (3) Member of TCU, you will have full access to the space, services, and programming we have to offer for 3 consecutive months. You will also receive 3 guest passes per month.

0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

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

5 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Thank You

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

7 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.)

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$45
TCU Shirt

Represent TCU in your dope new tee.

3 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.

0 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. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$600
TCU 3-Month Membership

As a Monthly (3) Member of TCU, you will have full access to the space, services, and programming we have to offer for 3 consecutive months. You will also receive 3 guest passes per month.

0 Supporters
Select this reward