First Batch is a physical product accelerator, aimed at taking people from prototype to production in Cincinnati.

First Batch launch 2013



First Batch provides four months of rent at the Losantiville design collective space. This gives companies not only desk and meeting space, but also access to a workshop and prototyping tools.


We aim to connect each company with a set of mentors and advisers unique to each product and business type. We have access to a deep pool of local talent well versed in bringing new products to market.


One of the main goals of the program is to provide direct connections to Cincinnati-based manufacturers that can bring your product to scale. But we also aim to connect to the necessary legal, design, business, packaging, and logistics support that goes along with producing and selling at the next level.


Each company receives an $8,000 production budget to be used with local manufacturers in the process of scaling and creating their next step in production.

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 Jonovsky

Founder, Hatchet Guitars

Application Schedule

Our 2014 class is currently underway, with a launch day on October 23rd.

If you are interested for applying to the 2015 class, applications will likely open in February/March.

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First Batch is run out of the historic Moerlein cold storage/ Apex Furniture building. Located in the Brewery District of Over-the-Rhine, the area offers the right mix of history and industrial character with the palpable excitement of growth and new businesses. Its the perfect place for starting a company making physical products.

A Cincinnati Made program

Cincinnati Made is a non-profit effort to promote, connect, and grow small batch manufacturing in Cincinnati.

Supported by Design Impact

First Batch receives program support and guidance from Design Impact, helping to create an effective, replicable and validated platform for enhancing our local creative ecosystem.

Major Funding by

First Batch is made possible through the generous support of the the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.