MORTAR at Bounce

MORTAR at Bounce is a 15-week business accelerator that helps  existing and emerging entrepreneurs learn the nuances of business ownership and build a comprehensive business canvas.  

The program is open to any entrepreneur or small business owner, while focusing on minorities and women.  

Applications for MORTAR Cohort 5 are now open! Deadline is May 28; classes start Aug. 24

Cohort 1 Pitch Night and Graduation
Pitch Night winner Tanya Green with the MORTAR at Bounce team

Important Info

MORTAR Cohort 5

Applications are now open!
Classes start Aug. 24

Classes occur every Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., for 15 weeks. 

  The cost is $295 for the entire 15 weeks with an 18-month graduate program to follow.

At this time, MORTAR at Bounce is only accepting FOR-PROFIT entrepreneurs and businesses. If you are a nonprofit seeking assistance, please contact Asha McDuffie at to learn more about our other GROW programs.

Spring 2021 Cohort 4

Jacqueline Achadu, Hunny Bunnys Confections

Alisha Anderson, 3 Eleven Productions

Delone Carter, GetGritFit

Kiana Davis, All4U Alkaline Healing LLC

Savannah Griggs, Sweet and Savvy LLC

Grace Irvin-Dillard, Touched by Grace Body Care

Peter James, Rubber City Gardens

Micah Jefferson, Mells Million-Dollar Mindset

Denise Jenkins, Rubber City Sweet Shop

Lori Julien, Marigold Sol

Sharon Shepherd-Harvey, Simpli Skyn

Rachel Spiteri, Kaleidoscopology


This course includes:

  • Culturally competent curriculum and materials
  • Cohort model for driven entrepreneurs to support each other
  • Access to legal support
  • One-on-one mentorship to provide guidance throughout the course
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea in front of potential investors, community leaders and customers
  • Ongoing support system provided by MORTAR and partner organizations
  • Business support and brand development strategies that continue even after graduation


Although no two classes are the same, here is a typical  week-by-week outline.

  • Meet weekly for three hours 
  • “Putting in Work” outside of class 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Weekly meetings with mentors 
  • Activities 
  • Videos 
  • Reflection 
  • Celebrating success & learning from failure 

Week by week: 

  • Orientation 
  • Weeks 1-5: Foundations
  • Weeks 6-10: The Core 
  • Weeks 11-15: Really Real