We are a serial start-­up team. We identify, de-­risk, launch, and build enduring companies. We also support other entrepreneurs (usually as the first money in).

For outside projects, we look for three things:

  1. a quantifiable problem
  2. capable founders
  3. a way to defend.
We’ll help figure out the rest.

More so than money, startups require teams with great imaginations, experience, and courage. If you agree, consider partnering with us.

Why the Gargoyle? It’s symbolic. Launching and growing a business is really, really hard. We strive to be that steady and protective partner for our investors, founders, and customers.

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Slane cannot do what it does without partnering with some incredibly talented design, engineering, investment, and development companies within Indianapolis. Here are few of Indy’s best weapons.

The Slane Team has extensive experience in starting and building enduring companies. We bring both our experience and a willingness to engage in the battles a Founder will go through in building his/her start-up.

Gerry Hays, Principal

5x Founder, 3 as CEO with multiple wins in divergent industries.

Geff Hays, Principal

2x Founder, 10+ years of operational and financial management experience (bootstrap style).

Ashton Chaffee, Partner

1x Founder, Directs brand strategy, marketing, and social media. Will lead a company at some point.

Jackson Troxel, Associate, Orr Fellow (2013-­15)

Launched first company at age 14. Voted top leader at Purdue University for 2013. Does whatever is necessary to advance a project.

Slane™ is a reference to Slane Castle outside Dublin, Ireland. In 2001, Geff and Gerry Hays set out to attend U2's first concert at Slane Castle since 1983. Getting to Ireland and ultimately to the concert is a story worth telling over a beer (or 2).

The trip solidified the two’s interest in working together on a project at some point in their lives. That opportunity came in 2004 when a group of specialty food distributors engaged the two to help them solve a problem that was threatening their respective companies.

Since then, the two have launched and grown two successful businesses, invested in and curated others, engaged in multiple street fights, been sued in dramatic fashion, and experienced just about everything else in between.

As the team has grown, so has the number of projects and experiences. There’s rarely a dull moment at Slane Capital but it’s not for the faint-hearted.


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Carmel, IN 46082


15239 Herriman Blvd
Noblesville, IN 46060

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