We house a kitchen incubator, which is a commercial kitchen that has the equipment and capacity to help your business grow. Our space is equipped with tools for food-based start-ups to take your idea from concept to reality.
Not sure where to start? Check out our How to Start a Food Business Guide, that details the process of vetting, formalizing, and growing your start-up.
Our goal for each of the businesses who use our space is to launch into a brick and mortar space of their own – whether that is a shared retail space or a manufacturing facility.
The price of kitchen membership starts at a monthly minimum, and increases based on the hours spent in the kitchen.
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- Desire expansion
- Sell consumer packaged goods
- And/or are working towards a brick and mortar
**Our kitchen is not set up to serve food carts or trucks.
To become a member:
- Fill out our Contact Us form
- Receive an invitation to tour the kitchen
- Complete an application for membership
- Participate in an interview and tasting
- Employer Identification Number
- Business Bank Account
- Food Managers Certification
**These are not required in your initial application.
Jenn Smurr | Born and Bread
“As a beginner at Catapult it was helpful to be surrounded by like minded entrepreneurs. On bad days, someone was there to relate. On good days, people were around to celebrate with you. On days when you needed guidance there was someone had been ‘there’ before. Catapult created a sense of togetherness.”
Melissa McClure | Southern Babies
“In my own home, I would have never been able to make enough product, I just made 100 jars of baby food for a farmer’s market; I would never be able to do that without Catapult. It’s not a job to me, I’m just hanging out with my friends down there in the Catapult Kitchen.”
Wendy Johnson | Krazy Kombucha
“At Catapult, our goal was to get going, make our initial sales, and solidify our customer base. Now that we’ve accomplished that and have space to expand our operations, we are working to get our kombucha into more retailers + restaurants in Lakeland. Our time spent at Catapult and those connections we have
made have propelled us forward.”
VISIT THE CATAPULT
Try Lakeland’s newest cuisine through our pop-up window, open to the public and members alike! Featuring a rotating line-up of our kitchen members, there is always something new to discover.
Covered outdoor seating is available, or grab a meal to-go. Find the pop-up window on the east side of the building near the Lakeland Station.