Class is back in session for The Brandery, the Over The Rhine based consumer facing startup accelerator in Cincinnati Ohio. Since it’s launch in 2010 The Brandery has quickly become one of the best accelerators in the country. When Y-Combinator, Techstars and 500 Startups are synonymous for successful startup accelerator, The Brandery is in good company.
Speaking of Y-Combinator, The Brandery has seen at least one of it’s startups go on to join the top accelerator in the country. Flight Car a member of The Brandery’s 2012 class went onto get accepted at Y-Combinator and then went on to raise $5.5 million dollars. When the founders arrived in Cincinnati they were merely teenage MIT dropouts with an innovative idea.
The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that to date that Brandery alumni have gone on to raise $44.3 million dollars in aggregate, a testament to the Brandery, it’s program and the budding entrepreneurial community in Cincinnati.
TechCrunch’s, Jonathan Shieber takes a deep dive into the 2014 cohort here.
Here are brief descriptions of the 12 startups that will spend the rest of their summer in Cincinnati in hopes of garnering the same, if not better results, as the previous classes, this October at Demo Day.
- ShoutOut, which lets users create chatrooms based on geographic locations for hyper-local messaging using a scope they define.
- LuckyPennie, which uses a mix of live curators and algorithms to recommend concerts for users to attend.
- Strap, a toolkit to help developers create applications for wearable hardware devices.
- MusicPlay Analytics, co-founded by Dayton native and Hawthorne Heights drummer Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, which helps musicians increase royalty distribution when their music is played in businesses.
- Shelfie, which lets consumers take pictures of empty supermarket shelves so retailers know what items are out of stock.
- Pixifly, whose app lets users search Instagram photos by time and location.
- Keego, a marketplace that connects translators with clients.
- Lagoon, a Cincinnati company that wants to improve household water conservation by monitoring the flow of water through the main line.
- PopAD, a user-generated ad platform where customers can create ads for brands.
- LookIt, which lets fashion brands upload images of outfits and use comments to crowdsource opinion.
- Peerio, another Cincinnati company that helps find the best place for contacts, a date, strangers or anyone to meet, given the context of the meeting.
- HireWheel, a former survivor contestant and a rockstar real estate agent, both in their 30s, have teamed up to improve the world of professional referrals.