With a lean start-up mentality, we launched Cincinnati’s first hardware accelerator in 2012. First Batch is one of only a dozen U.S. physical products accelerators. It is the region’s principle vehicle to start and grow scalable physical product businesses, and we have advised 4 classes of entrepreneurs through the program.
First Batch, was, in a way, our minimum viable product. Our leadership team realized we were supporting entrepreneurs in the region, but without the desired scale of impact on communities and on the regional economy.
The idea for CoMADE was born out of the experience of successfully directing