For nine years, the Speak Easy has given aspiring founders in central Indiana a community in which to explore hunches, innovate, and launch new businesses.
It was unique from the start — a homegrown nonprofit that made shared space affordable! (Commercial real estate chains make up 90% of the coworking industry.) And it has grown into something special: a group of collaborators who default to action, believers who understand no idea is too small, and friends who give more than they take.
As one member puts it—
“The Speak Easy's secret sauce is its people—the unique mix of inviting creatives, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, and thinkers. There isn't another space in Indy where I walk in and immediately feel at home.”
Last year made something else about us clear, too. We’re resilient. Running a coworking space--a gathering place--during a pandemic was not easy, but we made it through with the help of 300 of our closest friends.
Now, we eagerly face a new challenge: to accelerate the new wave of founders in central Indiana.
Last year, more people than ever before started new businesses. This doesn’t surprise us. Every central Indiana zip code has unmet needs. Every zip code has creative people who have product and service ideas to meet those needs. We want these founders to thrive. That’s the focus of our fundraising campaign this year.
USE OF FUNDS
Your gift will do two things:
1. Memberships, events, and grants cover 91%-95% of our budget (which is amazing for a nonprofit org)! The donations made during this campaign close the gap for us.
2. Keep this vibrant community accessible to all household income levels: We have sliding scale pricing for those who can't afford regular membership.