Tech Bae – A New Series

Aya – a passionate entrepreneur in the tech industry – tries to create a better dating experience for Black women, one swipe at a time.

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Project Ends on December 29, 2018

Project Description

Tech Bae is a series that follows Aya; a passionate entrepreneur who’s trying to create a better dating app experience for Black women – one swipe at a time. It's a comical take on social behaviors around dating, impetuous internet culture – and what it takes to navigate the startup world as a Black woman.


Tech Bae champions the better treatment of Black women on dating app platforms. In our story Aya wants to create more opportunities for Black women to find love and friendship within their race and outside of it. 


Technology affects all of our lives, yet only 2% of venture capital funding goes to women-led startups. Tech Bae represents the shake up the tech industry needs. It retells the story of the innovator and puts a new face to it; a Black woman. 

We're fundraising to produce the first season of Tech Bae

We self-produced the 3 minute Tech Bae teaser and have six episodes ready for production. We're raising money to cover costs related to production including equipment hire, location, crew, cast, insurance & post-production. Making film is expensive, but we're committed to giving Aya's story a platform. 


Hi, my name is Fikile...

I remember liking boys of all races when I was a kid – but on several occasions I was rejected...because I was black. How did I know? They told me; to my face! So when @issarae controversially suggested “...black women and Asian men join forces in love, marriage and procreation”  I immediately got it. Dating as a Black woman in America is tough...but it doesn't have to be. 

Team

Led by Fikile, and in collaboration with F.A.M Creative (a production company with the mission of bringing underrepresented voices to film, television, and theater) we've assembled a badass team of up-and-coming crew and cast. These women poured their soul and energy into filming the teaser. Our mission, moving forward, is to be able to pay people for their time, incredible talents and release the series.
 

Thank you for being a bae and a Tech Bae backer <3 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Who’s behind this?
Fikile M Kani is the creator and writer of Tech Bae, as well as starring in the series as Ayanda. Tech Bae is made happen by a small dedicated team + heaps of incredible collaborators and contributors including Karoline K Andersen, Lin Que Ayoung, Sakky Barnor, Katelyn Manley, Korey Jackson and Cara Patterson of F.A.M Creative.

Who is Fikile M. Kani
Fikile Kani is a Lesotho born actor and writer from South Africa who’s a recent graduate of the Grad Acting program at NYU. She has starred on several hit TV shows including It’s Complicated Season 1 and 2, Gold Diggers and Isidingo. Fikile also wrote for broadcast television while in South Africa and continues to create and write about topics she cares about.  You can find her on twitter and on instagram

What do you need $30.000 for ?
We’re raising 30K USD to fund the entire production of 6 short-form episodes of Tech Bae. This money will cover everything from pre-production to production; think actors, crew, equiptment, location hire, insurance and the likes. Making film is expensive, but we’re pretty good at making things happen on a small budget, so count on us for making this special!  

What happens if you earn more than $30.000 
Well, firstly we will be very happy – because it means it will be easier to pay our taxes, but it also means we’ll be able to shoot scenes that we’d otherwise cut out because of additional location or production costs. It would also help us pay for editing and post-production which we’d be fundraising separately for. 

What happens if you earn less than $30.000 

We'll shoot fewer episodes and possibly make them shorter. 


I have a question or enquiry, how can I get in contact?
Appreciate your interest! Please email hello@techbaeofficial.com and either Fikile or Karoline will get back to you! 
 

 

12/10/2018
TechBae laptop stickers!
$25
ASHLEY WILLIAMS
12/09/2018
TechBae laptop stickers!
$25
1s1oma
12/08/2018
Shoutout to our dope fans
$10
Roxsanne Dyssell
12/08/2018
Attend NYC or London Screener
$175
Pastor Ronneak
12/05/2018
TechBae laptop stickers!
$28
Josh
12/05/2018
Get Ur face on the YAAS GURL dating app
$50
Jenny Winfield
11/29/2018
Get Ur face on the YAAS GURL dating app
$50
11/28/2018
Access to Exclusive Bloopers
$20
Leaf bae
11/26/2018
TechBae laptop stickers!
$70
11/24/2018
Early access to the first episode!
$15
Monetary Contribution

No reward needed, just being a friend!

Give what you can to support the creation of TECH BAE for all to see 

5 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Shoutout to our dope fans

We'll give you an instagram follow, like and story shoutout! Dont forget to add your @handle when you pledge. Includes early access to the first episode before it drops!

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Early access to the first episode!

Be the first to see Tech Bae Season S01E01 before it drops. You'll receive a link to watch it before it's live to the rest of the world, and we'll also add your name to our official list of backers on techbaeofficial.com – That you can tell your friends you were a fan from the start. 

11 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
Access to Exclusive Bloopers

Get access to exclusive behind the scenes footage and bloopers + social media shoutout!  Includes early access to the first episode before it drops

17 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Get Ur face on the YAAS GURL dating app

Want a low-key way to feature in a web-series? Pledge $50 and we'll add a picture of you to Ayanda's dating app, and see yourself get swiped on in one of the episodes. 

+ Includes a social media shoutout + early access to first episode 

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Attend NYC or London Screener

Be the first to see the new episodes of TECH BAE at our NYC or LONDON exclusive screener. Please note this reward doesn't include travel or accommodation, but it does include a +1 for your bae. 

10 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Wrap party

Join our cast & crew at our wrap party following our week of shooting episodes 1-4. Location tbc but will be in NYC. This reward does not include travel & accommodation, but it does include a drink on us 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Become a Co-Producer

Are you super invested in making Tech Bae happen? Yas, join the club! Donating $1K or more will give you the title of a co-producer and we'll keep you in the loop of what's going on behind the scenes. Includes tickets to our screener and an invitation to our wrap party if you're able to make it to NYC. We thank you <3 

8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
Executive Producer

Be instrumental and influential in making Tech Bae happen – join the team as an Executive Producer. With your help we could produce an entire episode, and we'd love to connect and discuss in which ways you'd like to be involved. 

2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

No reward needed, just being a friend!

Give what you can to support the creation of TECH BAE for all to see 

5 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Shoutout to our dope fans

We'll give you an instagram follow, like and story shoutout! Dont forget to add your @handle when you pledge. Includes early access to the first episode before it drops!

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Early access to the first episode!

Be the first to see Tech Bae Season S01E01 before it drops. You'll receive a link to watch it before it's live to the rest of the world, and we'll also add your name to our official list of backers on techbaeofficial.com – That you can tell your friends you were a fan from the start. 

11 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
Access to Exclusive Bloopers

Get access to exclusive behind the scenes footage and bloopers + social media shoutout!  Includes early access to the first episode before it drops

17 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Get Ur face on the YAAS GURL dating app

Want a low-key way to feature in a web-series? Pledge $50 and we'll add a picture of you to Ayanda's dating app, and see yourself get swiped on in one of the episodes. 

+ Includes a social media shoutout + early access to first episode 

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Attend NYC or London Screener

Be the first to see the new episodes of TECH BAE at our NYC or LONDON exclusive screener. Please note this reward doesn't include travel or accommodation, but it does include a +1 for your bae. 

10 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Wrap party

Join our cast & crew at our wrap party following our week of shooting episodes 1-4. Location tbc but will be in NYC. This reward does not include travel & accommodation, but it does include a drink on us 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Become a Co-Producer

Are you super invested in making Tech Bae happen? Yas, join the club! Donating $1K or more will give you the title of a co-producer and we'll keep you in the loop of what's going on behind the scenes. Includes tickets to our screener and an invitation to our wrap party if you're able to make it to NYC. We thank you <3 

8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
Executive Producer

Be instrumental and influential in making Tech Bae happen – join the team as an Executive Producer. With your help we could produce an entire episode, and we'd love to connect and discuss in which ways you'd like to be involved. 

2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward