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Alumni Series: Why Choose The Brandery?

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If you’re in the process of applying to The Brandery’s 2016 accelerator program, you might be doing a lot of research to try and figure out whether The Brandery is the right fit for your company, or even trying to decide between more than one accelerator. We get it – there’s a lot to consider!

During this time, we’ve asked a few of our alumni to chime in with their perspective about why they picked The Brandery, how it helped them, and ultimately why they decided to grow in Cincinnati.

Meet ChoreMonster (class of 2011):

ChoreMonster makes chores fun by engaging and rewarding your kids!
Kids earn points by completing chores to use towards rewards like an hour of video games or a camping trip. Parents get an easy-to-use tool that takes the tension out of household chores. Kids also earn tickets to the Monster Carnival for each chore completed, where they can win and collect our monsters. With ChoreMonster, your kids will beg to do their chores!

Why did you choose The Brandery over another accelerator? Why did you feel The Brandery was right for you?

We chose the Brandery due to their incredible network of mentors and advisors. The Brandery taught us how to navigate the waters of venture capital as well as how to work with marketing agencies on a regular basis. It gave us the opportunity to explore and validate our concept amidst valued feedback, which led to better iterations toward launch.

In what way do you think going through The Brandery’s accelerator program helped your company the most?

I think The Brandery continues to help our company on a regular basis. It enabled us to grow a network of investors and mentors that we still rely on regularly for advice and feedback.

Why did you choose to grow your company in Cincinnati?

The people! Cincinnati has the best people in the world. This city is filled with authentic, kind human beings that are very willing to help however they can. It has become a vibrant startup ecosystem anchored by the efforts of the Brandery.

8 companies launch at 2011 Brandery Demo Day

Yesterday we launched our eight 2011 graduates at Demo Day.  In front of a crowd of over 350 investors, the companies did an amazing job and we could not be more proud.  The 2011 graduates included:

  • Choremonster
  • Keepio
  • Leap
  • Receept
  • RentShare
  • Roadtrippers
  • Spaciety
  • StyleZen

We received a great write-up from Tech Cocktail while Laura Baverman from the Cincinnati Enquirer provided live updates throughout at Enter Change.

New Space and a New Class

With the finishing touches being put on the new Brandery office located at 1411 Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine it seems only fitting that The Brandery class of 2011 was officially announced today.  We had a record year for applications, with companies applying from seven countries and 22 states.  In the end, we selected 9 companies who will part of an amazing group of entrepreneurs that will be starting their journey on August 1st.  Below is a bit more information on the startups and the entrepreneurs behind them.

Brandery 2011 Class

ChoreMonster, founded by Chris Bergman in Cincinnati, is a suite of web and mobile applications that allow parents to create chore “adventures” for their children, creating ownership of responsibilities in a unique and engaging way.

Keepio, founded by Dave Durand in Louisville, helps collectors, homeowners, and gadget enthusiasts to keep track of their personal belongings and interests, and then buy, sell or share their belongings within public or private marketplaces through a platform for peer-to-peer transactions.

Meruni, founded by Michael & Megan Wohlschlaeger in Shanghai, China, is a data aggregation and analytics platform which will enable both consumers and merchants to harness the power of O2O commerce.

Receept, founded by Kevin Pfefferle in Columbus, is building a platform for the web and mobile devices that will allow consumers to store, sort, search for and share receipts from any source, physical or digital. This will open up opportunities for customer-to-customer recommendations, profile existing customer bases for merchants and track loyalty for retail locations, brands and products.

RentShare, founded by Ian Halpern, Christopher Toppino, and Trevor Geise in New York City, is a social payment platform that makes it easy for renters to pay rent online, share expenses with roommates, and more.

Roadtrippers, founded by James Fisher, Tatiana Parent and Daniel Nielsen in Berlin, is a powerful, easy-to-use website and mobile app that allows users to plan amazing road trips by aggregating a wide range of travel data.

Spaciety (pronounced spa-SIGH-ih -tee), founded by Andrew Dennis and Eric Liu in Chicago, is Travelocity meets Open Table for spa/salon services, by consolidating spa services, locations, prices and appointment booking to one easily navigated website.

Wellthy, founded in Cincinnati by James Dickerson and Ryan Tinker, is the fun, social, and simple way for businesses to get more engaged in health and wellness.  Coworkers share healthy meals and activities, as well as enter in to health challenges with one another to earn points, badges, and rewards.

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