Reason #1 to apply to The Brandery: Unparalleled branding assistance.


For the entire month of March, we’re sharing all the reasons you should apply to our 2014 accelerator program. The reasons come straight from our alums and supporters. They highlight what our graduates found most beneficial from the program or what makes us different. We hope this will provide insight into the program and eliminate any uncertainty that potential applicants may have. We’ll file each one under the tag “reasons-to-apply.”

When you’re accepted to The Brandery, we’ll pair you 1:1 with a world-class design agency. Last year, our partners were LPK, We Have Become Vikings, Gyro, GoDutch Studio, Resource, Possible, Hyperquake, Rockfish, Rocket Science, and Empower MediaMarketing.

It is by no amount of exaggeration that I say the branding agency we were paired with at The Brandery fundamentally changed the direction of our business. They gave us so much more than just a new logo and name – they helped us redefine our value proposition, which ultimately reshaped our entire product and roadmap. That is one of the reasons we’re here today.

- Ryan Watson, CEO/Co-founder of Sqrl

Sqrl is software that makes collecting information from clients completely painless. The team from Columbus, OH was accepted to The Brandery in 2013 and has since raised a $550K seed round. Their partnership with Gyro has exceeded expectations and continued to assist Sqrl long after the program has ended.

Apply to The Brandery here.

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.