Alums Raise Rounds in Q1

With just a few months having passed since Demo Day, we’re extremely proud of the progress that has been made by our alums. 8 of the 9 startups that presented at Demo Day in October have raised capital, many have created jobs, and they are all representing The Brandery and Cincinnati well. Here are two who’ve announced they have a little extra money in the bank:


A B2B solution for client requests, Sqrl, has taken off tremendously since they graduated from The Brandery. They started as a dark horse (or, um, squirrel), but they were able to build their team, adjust their vision, and finish strong by October. Co-founder Craig Baldwin recently detailed their experience at The Brandery in a guest post on Nibletz.
Sqrl just closed their seed round of $550k, led by CincyTech and Hyde Park Venture Partners. You can read more about their funding success in TechCrunch.


Donde, a mobile locator for retail brands, has also recently closed their seed round of $915k. They’ve started operating from both Cincinnati and Vancouver, and will soon be in New York City. Their round includes investments from Full Stack, Chicago Ventures, and Mercury Fund. You may remember Donde from when they were awarded the Empower MediaMarketing Disruptive Media Fellowship or when they snagged the top prize of the Cincinnati Innovates competition.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from our alums. We’re always updating the In the News page with the latest.

P.S. – we’re officially accepting applications for our 2014 class! You can see the rundown of the events here and and apply here.