Mortar logo with "building communities through entrepreneurship" tagline

Mortar is focused on building better communities through entrepreneurship. They are a resource hub for urban entrepreneurs across Cincinnati. They 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.

Their mission is to use the talent of flourishing entrepreneurs to re-develop the communities which are often ignored. Their recent projects highlight the development of neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and Walnut Hills in the Cincinnati area. They offer non-traditional entrepreneurs a nine-week entrepreneurship course to help gain in-depth knowledge about business process, market testing, networking with established entrepreneurs, hands on business training, consulting, business resources, legal aid, brand development strategies, and support.

When neighborhoods are growing, a lot of planning goes into renovating historic buildings and creating magnificent green spaces that look awesome in the background of social media selfies — while little attention is paid to the existing residents of these now flourishing areas. In the same way that these locations have the potential to become booming communities, Mortar believes that the neighborhood’s residents have the potential to create booming enterprises — just footsteps from their homes.

If you are a UC student entrepreneur interested in making a difference for your community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Mortar invites you to apply to their nine-week program. This program is comprised of legal support, brand development, mentorship by SCORE, pitching opportunities, and ongoing business support. 

Contact Mortar

1329 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH