Weekly Wrapup- Week 13

With only three weeks until Demo Day you can start to feel the excitement in the air! Catch up on what we were up to last week:

Monday: Jeff (our Program Manager) and Gaby (our Operations Manager) did another tour through Memorial Hall to make sure everything will be absolutely perfect for Demo Day!

Tuesday: We had family lunch and practiced our pitches!

Wednesday: You guessed it! More pitch practice!


Thursday evening we attended “Acting like a Startup in a BigCO: The Good, The Bad, and The Weird” where we got to hear from Zach Hensley (CEO) and Steffan Howey (Chief Product Officer) on their journey helping to start and build Alchemy! For those of you who don’t know Alchemy is a startup inside Procter & Gamble creating world-class and industry-leading consumer applications and platforms!

Weekly Wrapup- Week 12

It’s hard to believe we just finished up our 12th week! As we get closer to Demo Day our cohort’s main focus is perfecting their pitches!

Tuesday we did our CEO stand Up catered by Adriatico’s pizza, then did pitch practice! Tuesday Night we had a meetup with Startup Cincy’s very own, Everything But The House (EBTH) a Cincinnati-based online estate auction! In the last five years – since EBTH brought on additional owners and executives in Andy and Jon Nielsen and Mike Reynolds and decided to expand – the company went on to raise more than $84.5 million in venture capital and is on track to break $100 million in revenue this year. Aaron and Nathan brought their friends Eric and Christine from Embrace.io for drinks and chatter at Union Hall. Embrace.io is a great partner of EBTH and we were happy to introduce them to all of our friends in the Cincy community. For a little background, they provide a full toolset for mobile monitoring performance optimization. In fact, they let you look up any user and see all the technical details for any session so you can understand the experience that the user had (slow, freeze, crash, missed bid, no image shown…) and what have contributed it (network call, memory, CPU, code issue, 3rd party code, etc.)

Wednesday: We did more pitch practice! (Everyday is Pitch Practice here at the Brandery!)

Thursday: Obe started filming for their commercial at Branderyhaus! We had so much fun and the puppies were adorable! If you would like to learn more about Obe check out this link: https://obedog.com/
We also released Demo Day tickets to the General Public. If you would like to join us, hundreds of investors, mentors and Brandery supporters from around the country on October 10, 2017 for the showcase of our most exciting class yet please RSVP here: re.tc/demoday You’ll learn about the seven startups currently in The Brandery’s nationally-ranked accelerator program and have the opportunity to network with the founders before the pitches. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND This year’s Demo Day will be held at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine!

Friday: We joined with Cintrifuse to throw a Happy Hour party on Union Hall’s rooftop to celebrate the companies currently in StartupCincy! This was to give everyone a chance to connect and network with one another. StartupCincy is bursting with accelerator activity right now! We have some classes like ourselves, Hillman, and the new Music Accelerator winding down and preparing for demo day while others like Founder Institute and UpTech are just kicking off!

Weekly Wrapup- Week 11

We are now 11 weeks into our 2017 program, with only 5 weeks to go until Demo Day! This week we focused on perfecting our pitches and customer relationship management! Our companies are working hard preparing for the big day, here is what we did this week:

Tuesday: Soapy Soap practiced their pitch and got feedback from the cohort! Daniel from Jumper threads did a Dumpster Fire session over lunch catered by Skyline! For those of you just tuning in to our blog for the first time, a Dumpster Fire is affectionately named, a time for our founders to seek feedback/constructive criticism/support from their peers about pain points, new features, or any issue they might be facing.

Wednesday: we had more pitch practice and Bryan Radtke, co-founder of The Brandery and Vice president of Strategy at Rockfish, held office hours for our class to utilize!

Thursday: Jumper Threads went live on Kickstarter with their new Action Jacket! Check it out here: http://jmpr.rocks/brandery

Weekly Wrapup- Week 10

We are now 10 weeks into our 2017 program! Here’s what we did last week:

Tuesday we had family lunch catered by Chick-fil-a! In the afternoon we had a George Reemus Bourbon tasting at Japp’s. Named after the infamous Cincinnati “King of the Bootleggers,” George Remus is made at MGP’s historic, 170-year-old distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana!

Wednesday Soapy Soap worked with their creative agency Brand Image on packaging for their soaps!

Thursday we practiced our pitches and John Cascarano, founder of Tame the Beast shared tips and strategies for creating Facebook Ads.

Friday we had more pitch practice and Matt Lenahan CEO of DataRole came into speak for Founder Friday! Matt was able to give our cohort his alumni perspective of some of the lessons he learned while going through the Brandery program and what to focus on after Demo Day. He also discussed the process of raising money, gave tips on growth hacking and about his experience on the show Survivor. He expressed how being on the show has translated into the growing of his own company!

Saturday FC Cincinnati’s Jeff Berding invited the Brandery family to watch the game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds! We had such a blast and are so grateful for opportunities like these!