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The Brandery: Successful with start-ups


In Over-the-Rhine, where development is big, a place is investing in developing ideas.

"All of our companies are trying to solve problems that they identified," said The Brandery General Manager. The Bradery is an accelerator that brings start-up companies to Cincinnati for a four month program.

There are nearly 500 places like The Brandery in the United States, and The Brandery is ranked in the top ten of them. It's also ranked number two for company satisfaction after they leave the program.

"We focus on the strengths of the Cincinnati region, mainly branding, marketing and design. Anyone who knows the Cincinnati region," said Bott.

Each year The Brandery accepts about a dozen companies, this year Hire Wheel is one of them.

"Hire Wheel simplifies the home improvement process by discovering who is most appropriate for your specific neighborhood and matching that with their verified job history so you always feel confident you are hiring the expert for your neighborhood," said CEO and co-founder Matt Lenahan.

Hire Wheel is a consumer internet start-up helping to tailor your search.

"Instead of reviews, Hire Wheel pulls from thousands of data points to bring you the best matches for household work in your area.

Five classes have come out of The Brandery so far, the most recent success, ‘Flight Car.'

"They are the youngest company to raise 20 million dollars. They went through the program two years ago," said Bott.

In a month the current companies at The Brandery will pitch their companies to investors so they can get more funding to expand their company, similar to the show Shark Tank.

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