The Brandery


Cincinnati, OH, USA

Date & Time

  • Apr 5th, 2020



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Accelerating Startups By Building Powerful Brands

The Brandery is a seed stage startup accelerator that leverages the expertise of the Cincinnati region, namely branding, marketing, and design. We believe that building your brand— and not just a product— is a way startups can be more resource efficient and increase their probability of success. In addition to an elite mentor list, startups will be paired with world-class creative agencies and have access to some of the biggest companies in the world, including Procter & Gamble and Kroger. The Brandery runs one, 12-week accelerator program a year for a group of 5-7 startups selected from a highly competitive application pool. Startups receive a $100k equity investment, a year of free office space, and over $200k in additional benefits.

The Brandery invests in high-growth startups within five verticals: Digitally Native Vertical Brands, CPG, Marketing Tech, Retail Tech, and Ad Tech.. The Brandery is a SILVER-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.

1 of 5…not 10…not 15…not 100

The Brandery invests in only five companies per program. This means a concierge, white glove experience. We focus all of our time, energy and network on you.

Deal Terms & Perks:

  • $20,000 cash investment in exchange for 6-7% common stock equity.

  • $80,000 of guaranteed follow-on capital from The Brandery (uncapped convertible note).

  • Access to staff interns (development, design, marketing, social media, journalism, business development, sales and more).

  • $1M+ in deals and perks from vendors like SoftLayer, Rackspace, Amazon, PayPal, Zendesk and Microsoft.

  • Support from The Brandery team and network of alumni and mentors.

Who can apply to The Brandery?

Everyone is encouraged to apply!

  • Team is the #1 factor. We are looking for complete and formidable teams.

  • The Brandery invests in companies at a variety of stages, from concept to post-revenue to profitable. Most accepted companies are post-product/post-revenue, with revenues ranging up to $35,000 MRR (subscription model) or $500,000 trailing 12-month revenue (transactional model). We always invest in at least one “napkin” (e.g. pre-product/pre-revenue) company per program.

  • You can be from anywhere, but:

    • The Brandery is an intensive program, and you are required to be full-time, in residence at The Brandery for the duration of the program.

    • The Brandery takes place at Union Hall, 1311 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

    • Each program is 12 weeks long and intensive.

    • We invest in five verticals: Digitally Native Vertical Brands, CPG, Marketing Tech, Retail Tech, and Ad Tech.


Union Hall, 1311 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Program Dates:

  • Application Deadline: April 5, 2020

  • Program Kickoff: May 28-29, 2020

  • Program End: August 21, 2020

  • Investor Swarm: August 24- Sept. 11, 2020

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