Don’t just think it, make it.

First Batch is a four month accelerator that connects the manufacturing community with entrepreneurs to take an idea you hold in your head to a product you hold in your hand- and sell.


Once an idea is born and the sketches are made, what next? Next is First Batch. The First Batch Program takes a select group of entrepreneurs through the process of refining prototypes, creating local connections, scaling up production and bringing  a product to market. You’ll go beyond just the pitch and plug into the versatile Cincinnati manufacturing community.  From prototype to customer feedback to sellable product  in 16 weeks.

Dream It

Every great product started as an idea, a sketch, or a scribble on a paper napkin. First Batch is seeking four committed entrepreneurs who dream of transitioning from an idea or hobby into a business. If you have a great idea and are ready to devote yourself full-time to your company than First Batch is ready for you.

Make It

I was able to look at my prototype and then look at the final product and say that I would not have been able to make this on my own

— Adam of Hatchet Guitars.

Scale It

The heart of First Batch is scaling up. Decreasing costs, increasing efficiency and understanding distribution all bring a product from pre-production to full-scale manufacturing. The greater Cincinnati area offers the builders, suppliers and distributors necessary to make your product profitable. By keeping it local we encourage growth on both ends of the production spectrum.

Sell It

Don’t stop at a great product; make a great business too. Our network of mentors and enrollment in CO.STARTERS gets you ready to go to market. Define your target customers. Determine where and how to sell your brand. Develop the perfect pitch. At First Batch we don’t just talk about how to run a business; we get you in front of the experts you need to get your product on the market.

Apply Now

  • Application Deadline May 1st, 2014
  • Receive the connections, training and experience necessary to create your first batch of manufactured product to sell
  • Build valuable relationships with Cincinnati’s manufacturers, suppliers and distributors
  • $8,000.00 to assist with manufacturing development
  • Workspace at the Losantiville Design Collective
  • FB will be selecting 4 entrepreneurs for the 2014 program
  • Ideal candidate is ready to devote themselves full-time to the 4 month process
  • Program runs from June 20, 2014 to October 20, 2014
  • Seeking innovative product ideas and a creator who is ready to drive that product to market


Learn More and Apply


Experience It

Last year First Batch organizers and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation piloted this program to boost Cincinnati’s economic activity, leverage and retail local talent, and support the creation of a viable, local makers community. Watch below to see a video about our first two participants (hand selected from the talent pool at University of Cincinnati’s DAAP) and their experience in the program:

Experience It