2017 Catapult Fund for Cultural Entrepreneurs

The Catapult Fund, a grant program in its second year, encourages small cultural businesses to take the next step in their growth and development, is sponsored by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Capital One Bank, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.  These are Jazz Fest dollars at work!

The Catapult Fund Class of 2016 graduated in January 2017 and together, received $75,000 in grants, along with four months of intensive training.  Congratulations to out graduates:

• Fred Henry, co-owner of Café Dauphine, a restaurant in Lower 9th Ward
• Kris Babylon, co-owner of St. Coffee on St. Claude, a coffee shop that has ambitions of becoming a restaurant
• Becky Wasden, a partner in Two Girls One Shuck, which caters raw oysters for special events
• Hayden Aley, owner of Girls Gone Vegan Baking, which specializes in vegan and gluten-free desserts
• Brandon Wiley, owner of Jazz City Café, a restaurant in Chalmette
• Lesley Turner, co-owner of Dirty Dishes, a restaurant and caterer with a stand in the St. Roch Market
• Ethel Williams, co-owner of Cocoa & Cream Mobile Foods and Catering, a food truck and caterer
• Desi Jones, co-owner of Southern Fixings, which makes specialty pralines in LaPlace
• Christopher Case, chef and co-owner of Old School Eats, a food truck and fine dining caterer in Slidell
• Shantrise Sykes, owner of Five Star Creole Dishes, a food truck and caterer
• Tracy Kish, a partner in The Crepe Cart, which sells freshly made crepes from a mobile cart at the French Market and other locations
• Nicole Bordley, owner of The Puddin’ Shop, which makes individual servings of bread puddings to sell at retail stores

In 2014 we received 95 applications from throughout Louisiana.  Eleven finalists were awarded a total of $50,000 following a 9-session, 8-week  business development boot camp facilitated by Capital One Bank and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. This intensive training gave grantees valuable business skills and resulted in the creation of high quality business plans.

2014 grantees:

  • Audiowood
  • Blissett Textile
  • Catapult LLC
  • Freddi Evans
  • Elysian Post & Production LLC
  • Joie Petite Designs, Art Gallery & Studio
  • Lullaby Sound Design
  • New Orleans Book & Paper Lab
  • New Orleans Design, Development & Manufacture LLC
  • Passion Dance Center LLC
  • Where Y’Art LLC

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Catapult Fund Class of 2016

Armed with new business plans, our Catapult culinary artists are an amazing group of superstars!