BC-Brandery Launches FoundersCard; Deadline Looms,557

(http://brandery.org)

Startup accelerator The Brandery(http://www.brandery.org/) has sought

out business owners in the Cincinnati community to offer VIP treatment

to the entrepreneurs in its program. The deadline to apply for the

2012 class is next Tuesday, May 15.

By adding local enhancements to the national FoundersCard program,

Brandery entrepreneurs will receive special offers, deals and

discounts reserved only for them from some of the best vendors in

town.

FoundersCard(https://founderscard.com/) is a New York-based program

that provides deals and discounts for entrepreneurs with more than 100

travel-related businesses, hotels, retailers and restaurants. The

Brandery pays a one-year membership for each entrepreneur in the

accelerator and also is building a network of Cincinnati-area

retailers, restaurants and other attractions to offer deals to the

founders. The first group of Cincinnati businesses includes: 4EG,

Bakersfield, 1215 Coffee Lab, A Tavola, Nada, Fusian, Enjoy the Arts,

Taft Museum, and Ultimate Air Shuttle.

"These entrepreneurs are taking big risks to start companies, create

jobs and contribute to the entrepreneurial community," Brandery

General Manager Mike Bott said. "The local extension of the

FoundersCard is a way to acknowledge their hard work and quickly help

them become part of the Greater Cincinnati area."

The Brandery already has received hundreds of applications from 33

countries and 32 states. Apply until Tuesday at

www.brandery.org(http://www.brandery.org/).

With a few days to go, the Brandery is holding office hours for

interested applicants to network and meet mentors, alumni and staff:

New York City, Friday, May 11, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. AOL Ventures 670

Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, New York, 10012

Cincinnati, Monday, May 14, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Brandery office 1411 Vine

St., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202

Registration details for both events can be found at

http://www.brandery.org/schedule(http://www.brandery.org/schedule).

Also new this year:

About The BranderyThe Brandery is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit startup

accelerator founded in 2010 by David Knox, J.B. Kropp, Bryan Radtke

and Rob McDonald with the goal of supporting startups in

technology-based consumer experiences. More than 50 mentors work with

the companies, which each receive $20,000 in seed money. Leading

Cincinnati-based design firms offer free branding and visual identity

guidance to each of the startups. Quantifiable benefits available to

Brandery companies exceed $175,000. Good candidates are

consumer-facing startups such as consumer Internet, media and

entertainment companies that are based on technology platforms.

The Brandery is an inaugural member of the Global Accelerator Network

-- independently owned regional organizations that operate startup

accelerator programs in dozens of cities across the United States and

around the world.

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