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.  


Important Info

MORTAR Cohort 6

Applications for cohort 6 are now closed.

Classes start in January 2022 and 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. 

Fall 2021 Cohort 5

Join us for food, music and good vibes as we celebrate our MORTAR cohort 5 with a pitch competition and graduation on Nov. 23
Teressa DixonSunshine Senior Homecare Agency
Calvin ReynoldsReynold’s Chili
Erin WhitfieldLegacy Financial Solutions
Daveida IdDeenThe Touch of Aeri’L LLC
Jermaine HillThe Flavor Grille
Mariah JonesJones Décor
Ray TorrenceCoach Ray’s Fitness Club
Shandelia Young ParhamOrdained Kre8tions
Trudie LatsonAudacious Staffing, LLC
Toni McDowellPreciously Styled by Toni Dwanè
SheRonn Fort Candied Confection 
Carmen B. McCallPearl’s Pantry 
Melissa Lyons All Walks Yoga 
Davida Franklin HunterFood On Da Move 
Markia SimsZoe Wheels LLC 


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