August 31, 2017

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) in the College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort of Boost. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 22, and are available here.

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 mentoring opportunities.

The CSE will host an information session for those with questions about the program on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Advance registration is necessary. To register, please email with the subject line: BOOST Informational Session. Please include your name and contact number in your email. This informational session will take place at 1917 American Bistro, located at 19416 Livernois Ave., Detroit, 48221. 

CSE Boost 4 classes take place on Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 5 – Dec. 14, at the McNichols Campus, located at 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, 48221.

To date, entrepreneurs in the Boost program have impacted over 16,000 lives and raised nearly $1 million in funding. CSE Co-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.

Applicant ideas must be well 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. Applications are available online.

For more information and/or to schedule an interview with Program Co-Director Derrin Leppek, please contact Jyarland Daniels, MBA, JD at 313-993-1189 or