Applications for The Brandery’s Batch 10 Program are now open!

Accelerating Startups By Building Powerful Brands

The Brandery is a seed stage startup accelerator that leverages the expertise of the Cincinnati region, namely branding, marketing and design. We believe that building your brand— and not just a product— is a way startups can be more resource efficient and increase their probability of success. In addition to an elite mentor list, startups will be paired with world-class creative agencies and have access to some of the biggest companies in the world, including Procter & Gamble and Kroger. The Brandery runs one, 12-week accelerator program a year for a group of 5-7 startups selected from a highly competitive application pool. Startups receive a $100k equity investment, a year of free office space, and over $200k in additional benefits.

The Brandery invests in high-growth startups within five verticals: Digitally Native Vertical Brands, CPG, Marketing Tech, Retail Tech, and Ad Tech.. The Brandery is a SILVER-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.

1 of 5…not 10…not 15…not 100

The Brandery invests in only five companies per program. This means a concierge, white glove experience. We focus all of our time, energy and network on you.

Deal Terms & Perks:

  • $20,000 cash investment in exchange for 6-7% common stock equity.

  • $80,000 of guaranteed follow-on capital from The Brandery (uncapped convertible note).

  • $25,000+ in pro bono work from a world-class creative agency.

  • Access to staff interns (development, design, marketing, social media, journalism, business development, sales and more).

  • $1M+ in deals and perks from vendors like SoftLayer, Rackspace, Amazon, PayPal, Zendesk and Microsoft.

  • Support from The Brandery team and network of alumni and mentors.

Global Accelerator Network

We are a member of the GAN, an invite-only community of the world’s most respected organizations that provide startups with the best resources to create and grow their businesses, wherever they are. Startups accepted into a GAN accelerator have access to a variety of exclusive perks including over $1M worth of free services, introductions to a network of investors and access to soft landing spaces worldwide.

Who can apply to The Brandery?

Everyone is encouraged to apply!

  • Team is the #1 factor. We are looking for complete and formidable teams.

  • The Brandery invests in companies at a variety of stages, from concept to post-revenue to profitable. Most accepted companies are post-product/post-revenue, with revenues ranging up to $35,000 MRR (subscription model) or $500,000 trailing 12-month revenue (transactional model). We always invest in at least one “napkin” (e.g. pre-product/pre-revenue) company per program.

  • You can be from anywhere, but:

    • The Brandery is an intensive program, and you are required to be full-time, in residence at The Brandery for the duration of the program.

    • The Brandery takes place at Union Hall, 1311 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

    • Each program is 12 weeks long and intensive.

    • We invest in five verticals: Digitally Native Vertical Brands, CPG, Marketing Tech, Retail Tech, and Ad Tech.


The Brandery Batch 10

Application Deadline: Aug. 4 at 11:59pm ET
Program Dates: September 26 - December 20, 2019


Union Hall, 1311 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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In a world where the costs to build a company and the technical barriers to enter a market are decreasing rapidly, marketing and brand strategy have become critical to building enterprise value. The Brandery focuses in this area and offers a unique value to their portfolio with access to some of the best brand managers and marketing strategists in the world today.
— Phin Barnes, First Round Capital