MORTAR at Bounce

MORTAR at Bounce is a 15-week small business accelerator that helps established entrepreneurs take a deeper dive into the nuances of business ownership and build a comprehensive business canvas to grow their company.

The program is guided by a culturally competent curriculum and cohort-style classes encourage entrepreneurs to support each other. It focuses on serving minority- and woman-owned businesses, but applications are open to any entrepreneur or small business owner. 

Ultimately, the goal of the program is to strengthen local economies and create jobs.

MORTAR is a part of the GROW program at Bounce. 

MORTAR Cohort 10 starts May 9, 2023

Classes occur every Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. 

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

At this time, MORTAR at Bounce is only accepting FOR-PROFIT entrepreneurs and businesses. 


This course includes:

  • Culturally competent curriculum and materials
  • Cohort model for driven entrepreneurs to support each other
  • One-on-one mentorship to provide guidance throughout the course
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea in front of community leaders and customers
  • Ongoing support system provided by MORTAR and partner organizations


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 
  • 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  

Cohort 9 Small Businesses

Vanessa Lee Abraham
Smile Inside

Phillip Watkins Jr.
Philtheeffect Enterprises
Elijah Anderson
Blockstock LLC
Tiunte Lewis
Loves’ on Me
Justice Anderson
Shereene Mcphatter
Delicate Home Health Care LLC
Monica G. Berrios
Le Reina Boricua LLC
Brittany Moore
Restorative Touch and Beauty
Christiana Cacciato
The Green Photograph
Aaron Prude
Zen Vibe Fusion
Celena Collins & Sabrena Douglas
Tylesta Ricks
OTG Transportation
Caliyah Hogan
CDK’s Greener Flame Candles Co.
Tracey Starks
OTG Bespoke Balloons Akron