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2016 Applications open on February 1!

It’s that time of year!

We’re here on the blog this morning to officially announce that applications for The Brandery’s 2016 accelerator program will open on Monday, February 1st.

This might be a time when you are trying to figure out if The Brandery’s program is right for you, and what sets us apart from other accelerators. Check out this nifty infographic that we created to give you an overview of The Brandery program and our 2015 highlights!

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a lot of content here to help you get a sense of what life at The Brandery is like. We’ll highlight our office space, Branderyhaus startup housing, our cool partners, what we look for in outstanding applications and so much more. And don’t forget to connect with us! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, you can find contact information for our staff and founders on our website or you can email info@brandery.org.

Reason #28: We are the #1 accelerator in the country for industry-specific mentorship.

As you know, we recently broke in to the top ten accelerators in the nation. But what we really were satisfied to see are the sub-rankings. Here’s how we stacked up:

  • The Brandery ranked #5 in average valuation across all portfolio companies,
  • #4 in average valuation across all portfolio companies one year after graduation,
  • #4 in average valuation across all portfolio companies two years after graduation,
  • #4 in overall satisfaction with mentorship,
  • #3 in satisfaction with mentorship in management and financial issues,
  • And #1 accelerator in the nation for satisfaction with mentorship in industry-specific knowledge

via seedrankings.com

What does industry-specific knowledge mean? It means we’ve found a team of unbelievable mentors from across the nation that choose to donate their time to our startups. The breadth of their work means they can relate to the startups they are paired with, and moreover, know how to help. The rankings say it all: we do this better than anyone in the country.

Data like this lets us know we’re on the right track— and we want you to be part of it. Today is Deadline II to apply. Deadline III is Friday, April 18th. We will extend offers as we vet startups, so the earlier the better. Apply to The Brandery now.

The Brandery is ranked a Top 10 seed accelerator

As seed accelerators pop up across the country, entrepreneurs have to figure out the best program for their needs.  Thanks to the work of the Kauffman Fellows Program, Tech Cocktail and the Kellogg School of Management, this task just got a bit easier.  These groups partnered together to release their ranking of the Top 15 seed accelerator / incubator programs in the country (see below chart).

We’re excited that The Brandery landed in the top 10, despite being less than a year old.  With the momentum going into our sophomore class in 2011, we think we’re be able to crack the top 5 next year!

A big thank you to everyone that has helped make The Brandery a reality as we put the Midwest and Cincinnati on the map as a great home to start-ups.