KulaCrate helps connect teachers to the funding resources they need to help offset the costs of classroom supplies.
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America’s classrooms are underfunded!
Most school-teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies. In fact, almost all public-school teachers (94%) have spent their own money on school supplies without getting reimbursed. From our research, most teachers spend between $500 & $1200 dollars of their own money to enhance the learning experience for their classroom. These costs often represent a significant burden, especially when the average starting teacher salary of a teacher last year was $39,242 last year.
Teachers could be our most valuable resource. We ask them to teach and raise our next generation of scientists, doctors, engineers and leaders. Yet we still haven’t found a solution to funding their classrooms. Teachers are being asked to do more with less to make the learning experience the best it can be.
At KulaCrate, we make getting classroom supplies easy by simplifying the funding, purchasing, and distribution associated with classroom supplies.
KulaCrate is a social crowdfunding platform that connects teachers to the supplies and resources they need. We make it easy for teachers to connect with parents, friends and family to raise funds for their classroom.
In addition to our online site that makes the transactions possible, we plan to build a fully functioning wholesale operation, so that the funds raised can purchase supplies directly from KulaCrate. That way, teachers don’t have to go out and buy the supplies themselves or worry about keeping track of expenses. They can focus on what is important: teaching.
How does it work? Teachers simply sign up and create their classroom supply list. Then parents, family, and friends access the teacher's page to donate funds. Every month, a new crate is delivered to the teacher's classroom. KulaCrate takes care of the shopping and shipping. We invest the time and resources to be as understanding and knowledgeable as possible by removing complicated, awkward, and unnecessary steps. Our goal is to bring it all together for teachers and parents, funds and resources, and schools and supplies.
There are currently 3.2 million teachers in the United States, and they spend on average $740 of their own money on classroom supplies 1. That is over $2.3 billion!
Teachers purchasing school supplies is an expansive market and continuing to grow thanks to changes in technology and federal education budget cuts. Because of this, we believe that our Total Addressable Market (TAM) is $2.08 billion. Further, a national survey found that 92% of teachers paid for school supplies out of their own pocket 2.
We plan to offer a large inventory to serve at least 70% of this market’s needs. This means we estimate our Serviceable Addressable Market is $1.46 billion.
Though sales are evenly distributed across the nation in relation to population, we intend to focus on a small portion of the market, increasing the effects of word-of-mouth marketing. This strategy will both help our visibility, as well as decrease costs associated with shipping and marketing. Initially, we plan to target teachers in the Tri-County area, (Miami Dade County, Broward county & Palm Beach County) which comprise 3 of the top 10 largest school districts in the United States. In addition, a recent survey has shown that teachers in these systems spend 27.4% more on school supplies each year than their colleagues in other regions. Given these stats we estimate our initial Share of Market (SOM) at launch is $33.6 million.
The school supplies industry has experienced a high and increasing level of competition over the past five years. This is primarily due to significant new market entrants in the form of general e-commerce sites (such as Amazon), rapid technology change driven by new online and mobile platforms, and quickly changing consumer preferences and spending patterns. Despite this, few companies market exclusively to the school supplies market.
In addition to our direct competitors, we also compete with a variety of nonprofits, such as Adopt a Classroom and Donors Choose, who provide school supplies to underprivileged classrooms across the United States. Though they have a compelling business model, they do not market directly to our core demographic. Because of this, we do not believe they are direct competitors, nor do we think that we will have promotional campaigns aimed at similar customers.
- Parents are Willing to Pay Parents have already shown a willingness to pay for a variety of supplies used in the classroom. We believe an organized platform will only further encourage this, negating the need to compete with larger companies on price. Also, the cost of supplies will be split by numerous parents, with each parent only needing to contribute a small amount to benefit the classroom. Especially in our early years, before economies of scale reduce our costs, we estimate our pricing can still be competitive while ensuring sufficient margins to continue to finance growth.
- Convenience Easy for Teachers = Easy for Parents. Our platform allows teachers to quickly create a free profile that they can share with the parents of their students. Parents can contribute to the campaign quickly and easily, all online.
At KulaCrate, we plan to target three primary revenue streams:
Monthly Subscription Boxes
We plan for our initial primary revenue stream to come from monthly subscription boxes for teachers through our platform. We project this channel will operate at a minimum of 50% COGS. We have negotiated terms with our suppliers to be at a healthy margin that should only grow as our volume increases.
Back to School Boxes (KulaKits)
KulaKits work with Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and school administrators to offer customized supply kits per grade level which are specific to each schools’ grade level supply lists.
We will source all of the essential school supplies, plus items such as facial tissue, wipes and more to ensure students have everything they need for the school year in one easy box! We pre-package the supplies for schools within durable, archival kit boxes, which are delivered before the first day of school. It’s convenient, affordable, while also earning money for schools or parent organizations.
Summer Reading & S.T.E.M. Boxes
Summer reading programs for kids transitioning from one grade to another are highly encouraged by all school systems. Kulacrate partnership with multiple publishing companies will allow us to offer the latest, most relevant reading and STEM based materials for our summer learning kits at discounted pricing. In addition to making the process fun and convenient for kids and parents.
We plan to initially offer these products to all students K-6.
By offering a box catered to the students we plan to increase brand awareness exponentially. There are twenty five students on average for every teacher we reach.
We have designed our model to purchase supplies for the three boxes from the same supply chain, increasing our overall profit margin as we scale.
Like many other tech products, our company is depending on the mass adoption of our platform to operate efficiently. Because of this, we plan to focus our marketing strategy on low-cost acquisitions of new users. Executing this properly will entail campaigns that have the ability to produce high viral coefficients. This will require a mix of 3 parts:
- Advertising We plan to run pay-per-click (PPC) ads to prospective users. We plan to target teachers and other industry workers with these ads. Our team plans to run a variety of ad types, testing returns on different platforms and using mixed media, ensuring we operate as efficiently as possible.
- Social Media Like any viral strategy, social media can be an effective tool in spreading our message. We plan to work to grow our following as well as our engagement rates.
- Content Marketing Due to its SEO benefits, content marketing is quickly becoming one of the most effective parts of any viral media strategy. We plan to write and produce quality blogs about child education, our platform, and many other relevant articles to our user base.
Each of these different strategies should work both together and independently to drive new users. Content will be shared on social media, ads will be run for new followers, and so on. In general, a successful campaign should drive new users to our website.
We plan to focus our marketing strategy on 6 distinct areas: social media, influencers, SEO, content marketing, traditional advertising, and site referrals.
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Dugan is an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University and views his role as community advocate as a top priority. Aside from serving as the Vice Chairman on the FAU College of Education Advisory Board, he was also part of the City of Boca Raton Green Living Advisory Board for five years.
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This is an offering of Membership Interest Units, under registration exemption 4(a)(6), in We Are Kula, LLC, doing business as KulaCrate. This offering must raise at least $10,000 by April 16, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. If this offering doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. KulaCrate may issue additional securities to raise up to $106,875, the offering’s maximum.
If the offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:
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