CSE Boost 4 / Application
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) Boost is a 9-week social entrepreneurship course for members of an enterprise who are creatively solving social problems within Detroit and desire to become financially sustainable through entrepreneurial best practices, mentoring, and connections to resources. Applicants must be beyond ideation; that is, their enterprise must have a product or service and a beneficiary and some exchange of revenue. The application process will be followed by an interview with CSE staff members.

The overall cost for a single Boost participant is just under $2,000. Detroit Mercy Alumni and other donors have graciously provided scholarships to lower this expense to make the final tuition cost to you just $500. However, CSE strongly believes that no social entrepreneur shall be denied an opportunity to attend our Boost program. We do ask that every effort must be made by participants to pay the full price. Sliding-scale tuition scholarships are available. If needed, the applicant and CSE staff will discuss the details during the interview process. A non-refundable $75 deposit, due 7 days after your acceptance, reserves your seat.

CSE Boost 4 class sessions will occur on Thursdays, 6-9pm, November 9th - January 25th, at the University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221. After the class sessions, you will participate in a pitch event on January 11.

If you would like to apply, please follow these steps carefully:

1. Fill out the application fully and completely so we can best assess your enterprises’ mission, operations, stage of development and your passion to solve social challenges to improve Detroit livelihoods. All the information will be confidential and shared solely among the CSE staff and mentors. The application deadline is September 10, 2017.

2. Please wait to be contacted within 7-10 business days, via email, regarding your follow-up interview.

3. After the interview, we will contact you within a few days regarding your acceptance, non-refundable $75 deposit information, and class cost (sliding scale $200-$500).

4. Once deposit is paid, you are in the class! You will then receive a welcome email before the class begins.

Thank you and hope to see you soon!

If you have additional questions, please contact Derrin Leppek at leppekdj@udmercy.edu

Email address *
Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the College of Business Administration
In this section please answer questions about yourself, the applicant. Later in the application we will ask specifics about details about the enterprise itself.
1. Applicant Name: *
2. Name of your social enterprise: *
3. What is the address of your headquarters? *
Please give address and zip code.
5. Applicant phone number (Best one to contact you at): *
6. Applicant title in the enterprise: *
7. Are you the sole owner of the enterprise? *
8. If you are not the sole owner, who is your partner(s) and what is their role?
Date of Birth *
1. What is your social enterprise's mission statement? *
2. When did your enterprise begin operations (month, year): *
3. What is the legal form of your enterprise? *
4. What is your enterprise's staff size? *
List both the amount of paid employees and the number of volunteers. For part-time staff, you may use increments of .25, .50, and .75. For example, if you have three full-time paid employees and one half-time paid employee, report 3.5 paid employees.
5. What is your total annual revenue? *
6. What are your total annual expenses? *
7. Do you have an accountant? *
8. How do you maintain your financial records? *
9. Please list your enterprise's website and/or Facebook page: *
In order to enter our Boost program, your beneficiaries and focus of impact must be within an area of economic, social and/or environmental within metro-Detroit. Thus, we ask you to answer the following questions accordingly.
1. In which of the following areas does your enterprise focus its operations? *
2. What problem are you trying to solve through your social enterprise? In no more than a paragraph, describe the problem and the specific area where you are working and how you are trying to address it. *
For example: The achievement gap among minorities and poorer children in New York City public-school students gets worse once the students reach college, according to a 2015 study released by Families for Excellent Schools. The study shows that only 12.7 percent of African-American high school freshmen and only 12.1 percent of Hispanics in 2015 will end up with four-year bachelor’s degrees comparable to 37.5 percent for whites and 40.4 percent for Asians. To address this achievement gap among minorities the social enterprise, Practice Makes Perfect, is an innovative education organization that partners with city schools to create high quality summer learning opportunities in high-needs communities.
3. Who are the main beneficiaries of your product or service? In other words, explain who exactly is your target market within metro-Detroit? *
For example: To date, Practice Makes Perfect, a social enterprise in New York City, seeks to improve low-income New York City school students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade.
4. What is your cumulative impact to date (lives benefited from your product or service) and who are the beneficiaries? *
For example: To date, Practice Makes Perfect has reached 875 socioeconomically disadvantaged youth and provided them with summer enrichment opportunities.
1. What do you see as the most important things you'd like to get out of this course?
2. Please add any additional information below that would be important for us to know about you or your enterprise.
How did you hear about us? *
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