New chapter formally begins

October 27th, 2016

In May, Nextech announced plans for a new office location as part of our partnership with The Speak Easy. Last night we celebrated the formal opening of The Speak Easy’s downtown location and our new space.

FOR RELEASE: The Speak Easy formally opened the doors at its new Downtown Indianapolis location last night. Community partners and Indianapolis VIPs joined together to celebrate.

“Indianapolis has become a center for entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development in the Midwest,” said Executive Director Danielle McDowell. “There is a real demand now in our startup community for scalable office space and small-business resources that will help entrepreneurs make a leap.”

The Speak Easy Downtown is located in the historical Morrison Opera House at 47 S. Meridian Street. Much of the building will operate as a co-working space similar to its Broad Ripple location, but the 12,000 square-foot office will also meet the needs of second and third-stage entrepreneurs by offering micro leases on dedicated office space. Amenities include high-speed WiFi, telephone booths, conference rooms, and a dedicated podcast studio from DK New Media for use by members.

“In the collaborative spirit of The Speak Easy, we are proud to join with Butler University, Nextech and B.A. Bodner Co. to offer Indianapolis entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from each other and to grow at an organic rate,” added McDowell.

The strategic focus of The Speak Easy Downtown will extend beyond early-stage companies to offer resources and programs to fuel the success of companies in the growing and scaling stages thanks in part to founding partners Butler University and Nextech.

“The Speak Easy partnership leverages top quality Butler programming and growth resources for the benefit of its members while providing an innovative environment where our students, faculty and staff can engage with Indianapolis’ entrepreneurial community,” said Butler University President Jim Danko.

“In our quest to fuel the next generation of tech pioneers, Nextech seeks every opportunity to connect today’s K-12 students to Indy’s thriving tech community,” said Nextech President Karen Jung. “Location remains a critical piece of the equation. Joining forces with The Speak Easy Downtown provides the necessary environment to spark students’ interest in tech and provide ample opportunities for meaningful interactions and workplace experiences.”

City leaders praised the expansion as a milestone for the Indianapolis entrepreneurial community.

“Over the last five years, dozens of successful startups have emerged from The Speak Easy and joined our vibrant business community,” said Deputy Mayor Angela Smith-Jones, who addressed attendees. “This stunning downtown space is indicative of the accomplishments that have sprung forth from The Speak Easy and the growth we can expect to see from them, in the future.”

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