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 7 starts May 10

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. 

Current Cohort 7

Ebony Allen
Lavishly Defyned Beauty Supply, LLC

Jessica Travis
Inspiring Canvas
Allison L. Henry
The Welcome Table Akron
Koliah Tucker
Kt Kreations
Rochelle McFadden
Your Guardian Angles Transportation, LLC
Asja Williams
Simple Tax Solutions
Devany Mcleod
Sincerely D Collection
Racine Williams
Designed Brows
Richard Orr
Richard Orr Catering
NaShay Willis
Chateau Shay
Cameron Sheppard
Tanglewood Clothing


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