Launch, Grow, and Scale Your Food-Based Business
What is a kitchen incubator?
Who is Catapult equipped to serve?
• Consumer Packaged Goods Businesses: Startups that produce items that could be found on a grocery store shelf such as dry mixes, packaged snacks, bottled beverages, etc.
• Pre-Brick and Mortar Businesses: Concepts with the goal of a restaurant location or retail operation, but currently operating on a pop-up basis.
Unfortunately, at this time, we are not set up to accommodate the needs of hot dog carts or grey water disposal.
How does membership work?
• $10/hr. for kitchen usage
• $5/hr. for off-peak kitchen usage (10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.)
• 10 hr. monthly minimum ($100.00 minimum per month)
• Customized storage pricing
• Complimentary coworking membership
What equipment is located in the kitchen?
• Convection ovens
• Gas ranges
• Industrial mixers
• Deli slicer
• Prep tables
• Dry, cold, and freezer storage
How do I apply for membership?
After acceptance into the kitchen, we require the following items:
Food Managers Certification – SafeStaff.org is a great place to find classes hosted in the area. Alternatively, EventBrite has course listings posted on their website. Manager level certification is required for the business owner.
Liability Insurance – You’ll need insurance for operating in a commercial kitchen. FLIP is a great resource about insurance for food entrepreneurs.
Business Bank Account – This is required to set up payments in our system. Here is some information about opening a small business bank account.
Employer Identification Number – Also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, and now you may apply online.
After membership acceptance, you will need a permit from either the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), or the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (FDBPR), depending on what you serve and how you serve it. The kitchen director is able to provide guidance in this area.
A $50.00 per month retainer fee applies to each kitchen member business in the interim between Catapult acceptance and permitting through FDBPR or FDACS. Once permitting is complete and kitchen operation begins, the retainer fee ends and the monthly minimum model is applied.
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How to Start a Food Business Guide
Transforming a concept for a food start up into a licensed and operating business is a challenge. To aid in this process, we have compiled a list of the documents and permits needed, along with insights on how to obtain these items.
This information is localized to the Lakeland, Florida community. Fill out the form below to download our free guide!
How does Catapult provide ongoing support?
- ServSafe Food Managers Training and Certification: We offer this course on a quarterly basis to earn ServSafe certification to satisfy regulatory requirements.
- Taste of Catapult: We showcase our kitchen members through a tasting-style event open to our community.
- Crafted at Catapult Market: We partner with the Downtown Farmers Curb Market to set up with our kitchen members at their Saturday market.
Do you have more questions about our kitchen?
Contact our kitchen director, Maggie with any questions about our incubator kitchen. We would love to meet you and give you a tour of our space.
Catapult is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and a staff member is always available for space tours.
To schedule a tour with our kitchen director, or for specific questions, reach out to Maggie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (863) 940-9660.