First Batch

First Batch is the nation’s only business accelerator dedicated to startup companies with physical products and local manufacturing. First Batch helps you turn a physical product prototype into finished, locally manufactured products and then turn those products into a sustainable business.

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The program offers four months of rent for office space that would be needed for meetings, workshop and prototyping tools, mentoring. It would also connect companies with a set of mentors related to their product and business type and advisors that would help them gain in-depth knowledge for launching new products. First Batch also builds connections to local manufacturers, legal advice, design and branding for support that goes along with producing and selling. 

Upon completion of the program, participants will have earned inventory, revenue, and $8,000 funding to be used in the production of the product.

Located in the Brewery District of Over-the-Rhine, the surrounding area offers the right mix of history and industrial character. We’ve got many food options at Findlay Market and breweries like Rhinegeist, Christian Moerlein, and more new options a short walk away. It’s the perfect place to start a company and be around others making physical products.

The application process opens in April, companies are finalized in May. The program starts in June lasts until October.

If you are a UC student entrepreneur with a physical product venture, you can apply to be a part of a First Batch accelerator class each May. Each class consists of eight startups and each founder receives $10,000.

Contact First Batch

111 W. McMicken Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45202