Consumer Packaged Goods Accelerator Program
Consumer Packaged Goods Accelerator Program
Lakeland Made Consumer Packaged Goods
February 24, 2021

The Catapult Kitchen Incubator is launching a Consumer Packaged Goods Accelerator Program!

What is a consumer packaged good, you might ask? A common definition includes items that are bought, used, and replaced frequently by consumers, like food, household products, and cosmetics. In our kitchen at Catapult, we have several consumer packaged goods entrepreneurs, ranging from globally-inspired spice blends to whimsical jams

The purpose of this program is to accelerate the knowledge and connections of Central Florida consumer packaged goods brands by providing focused content, Q&A sessions with guest speakers, and practical tools for scaling operations. This program requires a 9 week commitment from participants.

Program Deliverables

Businesses in the accelerator program will gain:

  • Nine, 3-hour program sessions
  • Q&A sessions with consumer packaged goods industry veterans
  • Product packaging & design feedback panel
  • Market with general public and industry experts in attendance
  • Strategic plan for pursuing wholesale accounts
  • Sales sheet for 1-5 SKUs
  • Templates for managing a CPG company
  • Industry contacts for packaging, shelf life testing, etc.

 

Program Outline

Each week in the program centers on a key topic for entrepreneurs growing a consumer packaged goods company:

  • Week One: Program Introduction & Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Overview
  • Week Two: Preparing to Sell in a Wholesale Environment
  • Week Three: Scaling Your Approach to Food Safety & Quality Assurance
  • Week Four: Telling Your Story to Customers & Clients
  • Week Five: Branding & Design Feedback Session
  • Week Six: Pursuing Wholesale Clients: Small Retailers
  • Week Seven: Pursuing Wholesale Clients: Grocery Chains
  • Week Eight: Promotion and Moving Product Off of Shelves!
  • Week Nine: Long Term Strategy, Financing, Cash Flow, & Future Considerations
  • Market Day! Friday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Participation Requirements

Businesses engaged with this program must have:

  • A current annual food permit from the DBPR or Dept. of Ag.
  • One or more validated products (products sold to the public before start of the program)
  • Availability for a 9-week commitment, with availability for 3 hour sessions + after session homework
  • Completed the program application by March 17

Program Logistics

This program is launching soon! Below are need-to-know logistics for interested businesses:

  • Dates
    • Every Tuesday evening, March 23 – May 18
    • Class Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Market Date: Friday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location
    • Catapult Floor Program Room
  • COVID-19 Precautions
    • Social distanced classroom set up
    • Hand sanitizer & masks provided
    • Masks required for participants when not speaking
  • Participants
    • Participants must be start-up founders
    • Up to two founders per business may participate
  • Program Cost
    • Catapult Member Rate: $225.00 per business
    • Non-Member Rate: $450.00 per business

The Catapult Kitchen Incubator is so excited to connect a cohort of accelerator participants with experts in the field, practical tools, and industry resources to grow their consumer packaged goods businesses. 

Do you have questions about this program? Reach out to our kitchen director, Maggie, at kitchen@catapultlakeland.com or, give us at ring at (863) 940-9660.

 Registration is open from Feb 24 – March 17

This blog was written by the team at Catapult Lakeland, an entrepreneur center in Lakeland Florida that exists to foster the growth of startups by providing education, resources, community and space.

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