WHY WE EXIST
The mission of the Catapult Kitchen Incubator is to increase the sustainability of food-based entrepreneurs.
We exist to provide a space and community for start-up culinary ventures to grow and scale.
WHO WE SERVE
Entrepreneurs in Lakeland, Florida who are starting food-based businesses
Growth orientated companies who are operating in the consumer packaged goods or pre-restaurant arena
Creative innovators who can add flavor to the Lakeland food scene
WHAT WE OFFER
$10/hr. for kitchen usage
$5/hr. between 10pm-6am
10 hrs min. per month ($100)
Storage pricing is customized
24/7 access to space
HOW TO GET STARTED
Follow the below steps towards members in the Catapult Kitchen Incubator.
The first step towards kitchen membership is filling out an interest form. This short form (just a dozen quick question) allows Catapult to get a snapshot of your business. Our kitchen director will reach out to schedule a tour of the kitchen after the form submission.
After an interest form is submitted, the next step is a tour of the kitchen to learn about we can offer. Catapult staff is available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to give tours of our space. Email email@example.com to schedule a tour with our kitchen director.
We require an interview and product tasting prior to acceptance for kitchen membership. This is a time for us to get to know your business and understand what you are bringing to Lakeland from a culinary perspective. Interviews are scheduled after the interest form has been received.
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. You’ll need this for any commissary to ensure safe food handling.
Liability Insurance – You’ll need insurance for operating in any 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 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, depending on what you serve and how you serve it. The kitchen director is able to provide guidance in this area.