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Think of it this way: You are the race car driver, your drink is the car, we are your pit crew.
It's the founders who build brilliant businesses. Every founder does it differently, with their specialties, preferences, weaknesses, and strengths.
Over a decade in, we've developed a proprietary process in five parts—a recipe, if you will—to support founders of all types in honing their specific skills, hiring against their weaknesses, and building their FLBs into brilliant brands.
Founding a business is a long and sometimes lonely road, so we assign one of our founding members to be your coach. Each of us has spent over a decade coaching founders and businesses, as well as having built our own brands and companies.
Your coach will work with you to discuss and overcome all of the challenges that you face. They are here to provoke you, inspire you, give you a different perspective and support you to be a brilliant leader of your team. However, we’re here to coach—we do not get involved in your operations or team. We are your pit crew, but you’re still the driver in your race.
Many people will tell you they have many years of experience in drinks. Most of it will be in the corporate world—we think this is all but useless for emerging independent brands. Collectively, we have more experience with early stage drinks businesses than any other team in the industry. Our MO is high impact, low friction. We want to immediately give you the expertise you need so that you can go and put it to use in your business today. Helping you make better decisions, along with fewer mistakes and allowing your business to go further, faster.
We’ve been living and breathing early stage and rapidly scaling drinks businesses since 2005, supporting the growth of many of the most successful modern beverages. Having coached over 100 founder-led businesses means that we have vast expertise: supply chain challenges to distillery development, and how to scale to maximise exit value. We’ve done it all—more than a few times. Now we’re here to put that expertise to work for you. We’ll help you become the best version of your brand, and an exceptional partner for bars, distributors and retailers.
We've spent the past two decades building not only brands but an unrivaled global network of the brightest minds in the multidisciplinary world of drinks. The most interesting experts are often hidden, and over the best decade we've made it our business to find them. The ideas or the infrastructure may be there, but when you're crafting your product your way, there will always be someone you'll want to talk to for their insight.
You name them, we know them. From the best branding and activation agencies to the most influential bartenders; from the diligent recruitment agencies to the sharp supply chain partners; from the ingenious liquid developers to the discerning new distributor. You can consult their unique knowledge when you need to. We'll give you access to unparalleled opportunities.
Some founders waste years chasing money. We believe that a founder’s time is better spent building their business. We are not a VC, a PE or a crowdfunding platform, and we don't do small checks. We have our own resources to provide you with the capital you need ($2m ->$15m+). One trusted partner who could fuel you all the way—we think it's a better way to build a business.
When we believe in you, we invest in what you do and have the capital (along with the smarts) to back your drinks business for the next 5-10 years. Our support will enable you to build a business that will last. It's an arduous journey, and it takes time. When you decide to sell your business, we will help you find the best buyer for what you've built.
No one does it alone. That’s the wonderful things about being part of the global drinks industry—it's a brilliant community with a shared spirit. The people in it are optimistic, driven, curious, and inspired. Everyone is thrilled to be part of it, and enjoyment is crucial to a successful business journey for any founder. When we partner with you, we welcome you into a group of like-minded individuals.
Together with all our founders, we are a community. Businesses are inevitably confronted with obstacles, which come faster when you pick up speed. Being a part of our community means learning from those ahead, and passing on the knowledge to those behind you. You'll be able to repay the favor with your experience when others need advice.
You might have noticed, but we're not public about the Founder Led Businesses we work with or the investments we make. It's absolutely intentional. Don't get us wrong, we're incredibly proud of all the founders we support, but we’ll only ever talk about our partnerships when we’re both good and ready. Raising money successfully can be celebrated, sure, but it's the brands liquids and businesses that are supposed to shine.
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We're looking to back the brightest, boldest and bravest founders. Those with an exciting, daring vision for the future of drinks. If you consider yourself one of them, and you're searching for a partner for the long haul that gets what you're doing—we'd love to hear from you. Please complete the form below to start the process.