• Be an Entrepreneur... Anywhere!

    The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Cleary University
    will show you how.


    Learn how to be a location independent entrepreneur. Talk to experts. Pitch your ideas. Make your plan to escape your cubicle in beautiful Costa Rica.


    We offer the weeklong Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp as a standalone course or as a for-credit elective seminar. The Bootcamp starts on Sunday, February 26, 2017 and concludes on Thursday, February 30, 2017. We will have additional excursions and activities through Saturday, March 4, 2017 and return on Sunday, March 5, 2017.


    The cost of the Bootcamp is $2,500 for student participants and $2,750 for chaperones and staff with upgraded housing. Please note that the cost does NOT include airfare. It does include housing, food, transportation and activities.

  • Outputs + Outcomes

    The stuff you produce + its value for your business

    Output: Concept Validation Plan

    Plan to ensure that you offer something people want to buy

    Outcome: Your Concept Validation Plan will enable you to cost-effectively test your idea before you invest a lot of time and energy. You will be able to determine whether or not your intended audience is willing to pay for you product--the primary factor for business success.

    Output: Location Independence Resource Guide

    Tools, tips and tricks for entrepreneurial nomads

    Outcome: Your Location Independence Resource Guide will save you time, money and trouble. We have compiled a ton of resources to help facilitate your freedom from veteran location independent entrepreneurs. The guide will connect you with the resources you need to work smarter. 

    Output: Business Development Presentation

    Battle tested pitch for promoting your business idea

    Outcome: At the conclusion of the bootcamp, you will have created a dynamic, visually compelling presentation that explains your concept and why customers should buy it. You will present to a panel of experts and get actionable feedback. The presentation will help you drive sales or funding, clarify your message and bring your business to its next level of success.

  • Bootcamp Benefits

    Here are just a few reasons to take the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

    Earn College Credit

    Study Your Passion

    Cleary is an accredited, private nonprofit university established in 1883.

    We offer the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp as a standalone noncredit
    course or as an elective for our
    Bachelor of Business
    Administration in Entrepreneurship
    (online delivery available)

    Get Multiple Perspectives

    Diversity = Strength

    Learn about location independent entrepreneurship from a variety of company owners with different backgrounds. They are tech based and non-tech based. Some have children and some do not. You are sure to learn something that you can apply to your life

    Do It All In Paradise

    Be Inspired

    You deserve to have an extraordinary life. Why not plan it in an extraordinary place? The Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will take place in beautiful Costa Rica near Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Instructor + Experts

    They've got the experience and the expertise

    Dr. Marlo Rencher

    Educator, anthropologist and entrepreneur

    Marlo Rencher is the designer and lead instructor of the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. An entrepreneur and educator with deep experience in startup and small business development, she is also the executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Cleary University as well as faculty chair of the university's Entrepreneurship department. A Michigan State University graduate with a BA in marketing, Marlo has a MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in business anthropology from Wayne State University. Her research interests exist at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design, technology and culture. Marlo has founded or co-founded three tech companies and is working on a fourth. She is a past Tedx and SXSW Interactive speaker. She is also a 2012 digitalundivided FOCUS Fellow and designs their FOCUS Fellowship program (2014, 2015).

    Vanessa Keen

    Multinational digital marketer

    Vanessa Keen is an owner of Rica Web Design, a multinational web design and digital marketing firm. With an extensive background in copywriting, content management, digital strategies, and all-around website optimization, she’s developed custom-tailored copy and campaigns for an array of clients—from small businesses and non-profits to Fortune 500s. Vanessa is fortunate enough to play an instrumental part in developing creative, comprehensive digital strategies to promote service oriented movements and social change.

    Scott Meloeny

    Green economy educator

    Scott Meloeny is the founder and president of Second Attention Strategies, an educational programming and system installation business. Scott has dedicated his work to facilitate passions, enjoyment and skills of individuals seeking to experience a life worth living. He developed GELT (Green Economy Leadership Training) to facilitate risk-­ready entrepreneurs seeking to construct a viable financial livelihood while redefining our physical community. GELT offers programs in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. Scott also co­-founded Distributed Power, a research and community incubator company that facilitates, fosters and implements local businesses and initiatives.

    Thomas Molloy

    Sustainable builder and farmer

    Thomas has been living and working in Costa Rica for the past 12+ years. During that time, Thomas has been involved in planning and developing residential communities, commercial construction, infrastructure, and both small and large scale agricultural projects ranging from reforestation projects, large scale commercial sugar cane and rice production, to growing pasture raised organic cattle. He is passionate about implementing and applying sustainable ideas and practices to all current and future projects. Thomas is also a co-founder of Fresh Water Farms and coordinates logistics for GELT educational programs in Costa Rica.

    Jackie Mucaria

    International yogi and therapist

    Jackie is the founder and director of Yoga for Positive Living, a community centered source for international yoga retreats, programs and events. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Nosara, Costa Rica and her 300 hour yoga therapy certification through the Inner Door Center in Royal Oak, Michigan. She has designed and implemented mindfulness based programs for addiction and eating disorder recovery around the U.S. Jackie enjoys sharing her passion for yoga, holistic wellness and inner exploration both internationally and in her home community of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica.

  • Important Deadlines

    Remember these dates so you don't miss out


    Apply for your passport if you don’t have one. If you have one, make sure that it is not expired

    October 17, 2016

    Initial deposit due

    November 11, 2016

    Second payment due


    If you wish to make your payment in full, please do so by this date to confirm your participation.

    November 12, 2016

    Group airline tickets will be purchased. Airline cost is separate and will be finalized on this date

    November 21 - December 19, 2016

    Registration period for ENT 3000

    December 9, 2016

    Final payment due


    Last day for transfers and name changes ($100 fee applies)

    January 9, 2017

    ENT 3000 course begins

    February 26, 2017

    Travel to Costa Rica

    February 26 - March 2, 2017

    Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

    March 3 - March 4, 2017

    Post-Bootcamp activities

    March 5, 2017

    Travel back to United States

    April 23, 2017

    ENT 3000 course ends

  • Enjoying Costa Rica

    Below are some of our planned activities

    Lake Cruise

    Take a short catamaran cruise on Lake Arenal

    Horseback Rides

    Explore the mountain trails and breaktaking views at Freshwater Farms

    Hot Springs and Waterfall Hike

    Visit waterfalls and a natural hot spring warmed by Arenal Volcano's geothermal activity

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    When will the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp be held?

    The inaugural bootcamp will run Sunday, February 26 through Thursday, February 30, 2017. On Friday and Saturday, participants will enjoy group activities and excursions and some down time. The Cleary Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will run each year in late February.

    Who can participate in this bootcamp?

    This course is open to current Cleary students, college students from other universities and upperclassmen from high schools that are commit to chaperoning their students.

    In what language will this program be offered?

    The Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will be taught in English.

    How do I earn credit for taking this course (Cleary students)?

    You can earn credit by enrolling in ENT 3000 during the Spring B semester. Tuition is not included in the program cost.

    How do I earn credit for taking this course (other students)?

    Students from other colleges/universities can register for ENT 3000 as guest students through this application. Students should fill out Part I of the application, then take it to the Registrar (or officer at your school who processes Guest Applications) where Part II will be completed and signed. The completed Guest Application should then be sent to Craig VanderMuellen at Cleary University. He can be reached at 517.338.3324 and via email.

    What is the total cost of the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp?

    The cost of the bootcamp is $2,500. For chaperones or Cleary staff, the cost of the bootcamp is $2,750 and includes upgraded housing. This cost includes hotel, food and program cost from February 26 through March 2. It also includes some activities. The cost does not include airfare. It also does not include the cost of tuition for the Cleary courses associated with the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

    Will you offer a payment plan?

    Participants must pay their first deposit by October 17, 2016 (40% of total cost), their second payment by November 11, 2016 (40% of total cost), and their final payment by December 9, 2016 (20% of total cost). Participants who want to make a single payment for the entire cost of the course should pay by November 11, 2016. All payments may be made via check made out to Cleary University. The link to online payment is here.

    What arrangements do you suggest for the flight (Cleary students)?

    Current Cleary students will have their flight arranged by Cleary University. The flight will be an additional cost. The anticipated price range for tickets is $600-$850. The cost and details of the flight will be made available as soon as they are finalized to everyone who submits their name for more information and to everyone who submits a deposit or full payment.


    What arrangements do you suggest for the flight (other students and participants)?

    You should arrive on Saturday, February 25 and leave no earlier than Sunday, March 2, 2017. Please note that Costa Rica does not observe Daylight Savings Time and is two hours behind Eastern Daylight Time (the current time zone for Detroit, MI) and one hour behind Eastern Standard Time (the time zone for Detroit, MI during the bootcamp).

    Do I have to be a US citizen to participate in this bootcamp?

    You do not have to be a US citizen to participate in the bootcamp, however you need to comply with Costa Rica’s guidelines to enter the county. Please visit the website for the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington, DC to learn more and to link to the requirements specific to your nationality. You must have a valid passport to travel to Costa Rica. If you do not have a valid passport apply for or renew one immediately!

    What are the accommodations?

    The course will take place at the Hotel Puerto San Luis. The address is Puerto San Luis, Tilaran 50801, Costa Rica. The included accommodations are double occupancy rooms on the same grounds as the classroom. The hotel has a swimming pool, lake access and fantastic views. The classroom is spacious, with large windows overlooking the lake and grounds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the cost.


    Do I have to stay at the Hotel Puerto San Luis in order to take the course?

    Current Cleary students must stay at the Hotel Puerto San Luis. Other participants do not have to stay at the Hotel Puerto San Luis in order to take the course, however, the price for the course will not change if you choose other accommodations. Also, if you choose other accommodations, you are responsible for the cost of those accommodations and transportation to and from your accommodations to the classroom site.

    Will a Cleary faculty member be teaching this course?

    Dr. Marlo Rencher, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and faculty chair for the entrepreneurship department at Cleary University, will be the lead instructor. She will be joined by subject matter experts who are location independent entrepreneurs that are currently based in Costa Rica.

    What should I bring to participate in the course?

    You need a laptop that can connect to standard wireless internet networks. Your laptop must be equipped with presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. The venue offers standard 120 volt electrical outlets.

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Dr. Marlo Rencher at mrencher@cleary.edu or 517.295.4008 or
    Craig VanderMuellen at cvandermuellen@cleary.edu or 517.338.3324.

    What is the refund policy?

    All Cleary Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp registrations

    are non-refundable. Transfers and name changes are available for a $100 fee until December 9, 2016. After December 9, 2016, no further transfers or name changes will be possible.

  • Got Questions? Contact Us!

    Submit any questions you still have and we'll contact you soon!


    You can also contact
    Dr. Marlo Rencher directly at mrencher@cleary.edu | 517.295.4008.