2018 Catapult Fund for Cultural Entrepreneurs

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has announced the 2018 Catapult Fund application deadline:  April 6, 2018!

This year, we’ll once again celebrate the importance of the culinary arts, so creatives in this sector are invited to apply. The Catapult Fund, a grant program in its third 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!

To be eligible, applicants must have small Louisiana-based businesses in the food industry. These may include: restaurants, chefs, caterers, food trucks, and others filling a niche in their local markets. Food markets, food product manufacturers and cooking schools are not eligible for the 2018 Catapult Fund program.

The Catapult Fund provides a 17-session course, over a five-month period, of business training. Participants will learn business best practices and strategies. They will create a business growth plan and a business pitch. ServSafe certification – with eight hours of instruction and a final exam – is included in the Catapult Fund training program.  Following completion of the training course, participants will be awarded grant funding.

You should apply to the Catapult Fund if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You have a small business in the culinary arts in Louisiana
  • Your business has gross annual revenues of less than $500,000
  • You need training in best business practices
  • You want to learn how to write a business growth plan
  • You need access to funding
  • You are willing to commit to attending (in person) a 17-session training program over a five-month period in New Orleans

What You Will Gain From Catapult Fund

Up to 12 business owners will be selected to attend the Catapult Fund training sessions, which will take place in New Orleans. This course of classes offers the following benefits:

  • Business training in a variety of subjects
  • Creation of a business growth plan
  • Exposure to funding opportunities for your business
  • Mentoring from experienced professionals in your field
  • Free Capital One business savings account
  • Confidence and the ability to articulate your business pitch
  • Strategies to increase your revenues and profits
  • Credit education and personal credit consultation
  • A cash grant from the Catapult Fund

To apply: jazzandheritage.org

Here’s the class of 2017.  Congrats!

• 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

Here’s the class of 2014!

  • 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!