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. 

Upcoming MORTAR Cohort

  • Mortar starts Feb 6th , 2024, and ends April 30th,  2024
  • location: Bounce Hub Innovation
  • Every Tuesday from 6p-9p
  • Interview week to select participants will be held Jan 22nd , 2024- Jan 26th , 2024

Upcoming MORTAR 2024 Cohort Dates
– Spring: Feb 6th , 2024 – April 30th , 2024
– Summer: May 7th , 2024 – August 20th , 2024
– Fall: September 3rd   2024 December 10th 2024


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 
  • Outside class work
  • 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

Charise Bryant 
My World Studios

Davida Pantuso
Fit after Pink LLC
Gerald Clark & Ebony Richardson
Who Knew Investments and Management LLC
Tiara Broady
Pure Hydration & Wellness
Denikka Ray
Café Dreamzzz
Tamara Martin
Nailed It
Brionna Elmore
Zara Armani, LLC
Floretta Maxineau

Marcus Howard
Firebird Entertainment
Anthony Spear
Adsphotography 330
Tomica Hollingsworth
Love Always Transporting Service
Tylesta Ricks
OTG Transportation
Sam Hasrouni
Kace Walker
Tribe Nation LLC