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Cleveland Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Cash in on the opportunity to build your idea. The time to invest in yourself is now.
Spend 6 Saturdays with Facilitator Alysha Ellis, Founder of
Mas LaRae, mastering the following topics:
  • Planning, Thinking Strategically, and Managing Your Risk
  • Understanding Your Model for Making Money​
  • Getting Resources When You Do Not Have Any Money
  • Understanding and Marketing To Your Customers
  • Operations and Other Fundamentals that Matter
Get access to grants up to $2,500!

Bootcamp Details

Six consecutive Saturday mornings, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.*

Lunch and refreshments provided!

*Each Saturday includes a session from 12:00-1:00 p.m. that digs deeper into a particular topic with local experts (lawyers, bankers, social media professionals, experts in government contracts).
Week 1:           October 14, 2023
Week 2:           October 21, 2023
Week 3:           October 28, 2023
Week 4:           November 4 2023
Week 5:           November 11, 2023
Week 6 (Graduation!) November 18, 2023

Bootcamp Location:
John Carroll University


Who is eligible to participate?
Anyone in the community who suffers from adverse economic or related circumstances is eligible to participate in the program. We focus on supporting disadvantaged community members who have a dream of starting and growing a venture, including those who have already started a venture but are struggling.
What is the cost?
The price of the Community Bootcamp is $600. However, scholarships of $575 are available for anyone with financial need. All applicants are considered for scholarship.
How do I apply?
The application deadline is September 26, 2023.



  • Foster the creation of new, profitable ventures by those facing economic or other disadvantages
  • Assist existing small businesses in becoming sustainable and growing
  • Work with community members on the development of both the person as an entrepreneur and the business as a successful venture
  • Measure and track the development and performance of entrepreneurs and their ventures based on program participation
  • Celebrate entrepreneurial achievements of those overcoming adversity
Grounded in more than 25 years of hands-on experience and research, our model is uniquely tailored to address the challenges among low-income and disadvantaged individuals as they navigate the entrepreneurial process.​
Outcomes to date:
  • 80% of program participants start a venture
  • 65% of businesses are women-owned
  • 35% of businesses become sustainable within three years

How can I support the program?

We welcome the involvement of community members as volunteers, mentors, and donors.

Please contact Program Director Gabriela Beni,
Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Program, John Carroll University
at to learn more.
Special Thanks To Our Program Partners:
Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University
Bill and Sue Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation at John Carroll University
Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University
Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University
Burton Bell Carr Development Corporation
JumpStart, Inc.
Urban League of Greater Cleveland
The President’s Council Business Chamber
Cleveland SBDC
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