Center for Social Entrepreneurship applications for Boost 5 Program due March 22

March 10, 2018

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) at University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its fifth cohort of Boost. Applications are due Thursday, March 22 and available online.

Boost is a nine-week program that provides existing business owners who are solving social problems within Detroit with resources to become financially sustainable and through education and mentoring opportunities.

CSE Boost 5 classes take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., March 27 through May 29 on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

To date, entrepreneurs in the Boost program have impacted over 16,000 lives and raised more than $1 million in funding. CSE Director Derrin Leppek said that Boost, “is an excellent opportunity for social entrepreneurs to sharpen their business model and increase the chance of sustainability with experts and access to the nationally ranked business school at Detroit Mercy.” The CSE and programs like Boost are just one of several ways Detroit Mercy promotes the Jesuit and Mercy values and ethics, which represent the core of the institutional and college mission.

Applicants must be beyond the conceptualization phase and have had generated some revenue in their enterprise. The business must also provide a solution to an economic, social and/or environmental issue within metro Detroit.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds should apply. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Director Derrin Leppek at or 313-993-1189.