MORTAR is a resource hub for urban entrepreneurs across Cincinnati. We exist to invest in the people and solutions that will change our city; encouraging these empowered entrepreneurs to use their imaginations and creativity to not simply earn money, but to also make a difference in their communities.
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We will be reviewing applications and selecting ideas that we believe are the most likely to succeed. We want all of our students to be able to take the lessons that they’ve learned from our program and plant their businesses in their own neighborhoods, making a difference for their community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. If selected for the entrepreneurship course, your attendance is MANDATORY.
This course includes:
-Course binder and materials.
-Access to on-site legal support provided by UC Law.
-Business support and brand development strategies that continue even after graduation.
-One-on-one mentorship supplied by SCORE 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.
Because of our partnerships, funders and relationships, we’ve been able to keep the tuition costs for the course down to ONLY $250 for our 12 week class sessions. Payment plans are available if you’re unable to pay the entire balance at once. PLEASE NOTE: IN 2018, THE MORTAR ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY WILL TENTATIVELY BE HOLDING CLASSES IN MAY AND OCTOBER. THOUGH WE ARE ALWAYS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS, THOSE RECEIVED AFTER THE PLACEMENT FOR EACH COURSE DEADLINE WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NEXT COURSE SESSION.
Applications can be submitted via this form on our website or if you’d like to fill it out by hand, please print it out and mail to:
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If you have any questions, please contact us and we can set up a time to meet with you at a location and time that’s convenient.
PLEASE READ BEFORE SENDING YOUR APPLICATION:
MORTAR would like to congratulate and thank you for completing this application. Honestly, there’s not a lot of room in each class – because we want to make sure that we’re able to offer personalized attention to each student. We have a three step interviewing process. The next step is for us to review the submitted applications, and then if you’ve moved on the the next step, we will send you 2 essay questions to answer. These questions help us determine your readiness for the program. If you make it to the third step, we will contact you to schedule an in-person interview with a combination of our MORTAR staff, MORTAR alumni, and MORTAR’s Board members. Selected students from this phase will be notified if they’ve made it into the next class (if you aren’t selected for THIS class, you may be placed on the waiting list for the next class).
If you ARE selected for the next class, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit to hold your spot for the class. Before the first class session, you will be required to pay your remaining balance OR submit a payment plan for the remaining balance. PLEASE NOTE: You will be expected to pay for the class by the 1st week of the course. We allot you months to complete your tuition payment. YOUR ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. If you miss more than two classes, you will not be permitted graduate or participate in the Pitch Night festivities. If there are barriers prohibiting you from holding up your end of this arrangement (example: finances, transportation), please let us know and we will see what can be done to accommodate your needs.