Startups and product launches
We have a special heart for startups. Several of us are serial entrepreneurs who have found a home at Speakeasy, which was not so long ago a startup itself.
That’s why we take special care to work with startups and the community that provides infrastructure for them.
Relevant clients include:
- The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC): A business support structure focused on stimulating entrepreneurship through co-working, mentorship, education and investment. In addition to supporting their social media and newsletter efforts, our president and CEO are both advisors and mentors.
- Trinity Groves: The largest restaurant incubator in the world, with more than a dozen concepts open or on the way. Trinity Groves is led by Dallas restaurant legend Phil Romano (Fuddruckers, Eatzis, Macaroni Grill). We represent both the development and (almost) all of the individual restaurant entrepreneurs.
- Rise Air: A new airline featuring an all-you-can fly membership service for frequent fliers between major Texas cities.
- … and a few others we can’t talk about yet.
Now not every startup is ready for us. We aren’t a bootstrap option. But if you have funding and a vision we believe in, there’s magic to be made.
Bonus– Speakeasy president Mike Orren’s startup lessons:
We look for a way to make all of our clients a cause. But there’s no denying that there’s a special attraction to a cause designed to make our world, our community, a better place.
While we can’t often work with causes on a pro bono basis, we will find ways to keep the budget tight with some in-kind time and are more apt to take project work for a cause. We also let longtime Speakeasy Tribe members bring on a pro bono client of their choice as a benefit.
Some of our clients with a cause include:
- Lemonade Day
- Munger Place Church
- North Texas Methodist Conference
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
- TD Jakes’ Megafest
- Ferguson Road Initiative
- Visible Music College
- Dallas Morning News Charities
- Methodist Health System