Cincinnati is home to one of the best physical product accelerators in the country, First Batch. 2016 brings in First Batch’s fourth class of startups that design and produce physical products, and this year Brand Shepherd is mentoring a father-son duo brand called InnoTool. More on them in a later post.

Talk about a great match: For years Brand Shepherd’s CEO, Dan Crask, has been telling anyone who would listen that Cincinnati needs exactly this kind of thing, and for some of those years of his yapping, First Batch was starting up and getting its first few classes through. Both organizations have a passion for quality physical products created by lasting brands. This partnership is one we are quite happy about, and look forward to seeing the good work that comes from it.