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Catapult Fund 2014

June 26th, 2014 | In: General

Cultural Entrepreneur Training and Investment Program

Program Overview 

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Capital One Bank, and the LSBDC have partnered to bring you the Catapult Fund, a nine session program, over an eight week period, of business development training through the Catapult Boot Camp.

During this training, chosen applicants will learn business strategies and create a business plan. Following completion of this training, applicants will submit business plans for funding consideration and a total of $50,000 will be awarded.

Selected Applicants Will Gain:

  • Business Education in a variety of areas, including credit, insurance and risk management, accounting and recordkeeping, and many more
  • Creation of a business plan
  • Exposure to funding opportunities for your business
  • Free Capital One savings account (Capital One will match the amount you deposit into the account by the end of the boot camp up to $1,000!)
  • Confidence and the ability to articulate your business pitch
  • Strategies to increase your revenues and profits
  • A professional business consultant to work one-on-one with during the program and beyond

Catapult Applicant Requirements

  • You should apply to Catapult if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • You are a small cultural business in Louisiana*
  • Your business has been in operation for at least one year
  • Your business has gross annual revenues less than $500,000
  • Your business addresses a gap or void in the cultural industries
  • You need training and best business practices
  • You need to learn how to write a business plan
  • You need access to financial resources and capital
  • You are willing to commit to a nine session training program over an eight week period in New Orleans, LA

*Eligible businesses are those whose main area of focus is in one or more of the following:

  •  Dance
  • Theater
  •  Music
  • Film
  • Visual art
  • Digital media
  • Design
  • Culinary arts
  • Literary
  •  Fashion

Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for the application.

Applications are due July 15, 2014 by 11:59pm

Applications must be submitted online. Assistance with the application can be obtained through Ashé Cultural Arts Center at (504) 569-9070 or through Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation at (504) 895-2800.

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