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Purpose

The purpose of Catapult is to engage young entrepreneurs in civic engagement and to prepare them — individually and collectively — to assume positions of community leadership consistent with their roles as business leaders. Since 2015, Catapult leadership has made grants and provided mentoring to emerging nonprofits.

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The 2017 Catapult Grant Application is now closed. If you would like to be notified of the next grant cycle, please fill out the form below to receive a notification.

2017 Finalists

Congratulations to the following organizations for being named finalists for the 2017 Catapult grantmaking program. In the month of September, these 8 groups will participate in a pitch competition, which will ultimately lead to the naming of three grantees.

Impact

The 2016 Catapult grantees:

Atlantic Impact received support for a leadership and mentorship program for Detroit high school students and regional college students interested in studying abroad.

Detroit Horse Power received support for a program that teaches life skills to Detroit youth through riding and caring for horses.

Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit received support for capacity building.

The 2015 Catapult grantees:

Write A House received support to expand organizational capacity by hiring an apprentice to help renovate houses for emerging writers.

Young Detroit Thinkers received support for the Detroit City Chess Club to fund chess tournaments and equipment for area schools and recreation centers.   

Catapult Steering Committee

 Abir Ali
Ali Sandifer Studio
What has been your most exciting entrepreneurial experience?
The first time that an Ali Sandifer piece was knocked off by another company. Truthfully, it was more startling than exciting but we inevitably decided that imitation was a form of flattery.

 

Adrian Fortino
Mercury Fund (Catapult Co-chair)
Where do you see Catapult going?
I think we are going to reinvent the way that emerging non-profit organizations are cultivated.

 

Bradley Hoos
The Outloud Group (Catapult Co-chair)
Where do you see Catapult going?
I see Catapult as the proving ground for emerging non-profits that are ready to truly expand their reach in the community. High-potential nonprofits combined with seasoned entrepreneurs means bold solutions to real challenges in our community.

 

Amy Kaherl
Detroit SOUP
Why is entrepreneurship important to you?
I found entrepreneurship by accident! I feel empowered to create, give, act with aims of justice and love.

 

Rishi Narayan
Underground PrintingWhy are you interested in Catapult?
If you are not located in the metro Detroit area, it can be difficult to really understand what is going on and what are the needs that have to be addressed. As an entrepreneur based in Ann Arbor, Catapult has been an amazing way to learn about these initiatives and connect with the organizations that are actively making Detroit a better place.

 

Mike Vichich
Wisely
Why are you interested in Catapult?
Non-profits have an incredibly challenging job. They do some of the most important work in our society, but they often struggle with funding. That can be especially challenging if you’re trying to get a new non-profit idea off the ground, and that’s where Catapult comes in. I’m thrilled to be helping the next generation of non-profit leaders, in both a financial and coaching capacity.

 

Melissa Butler
The
Lip Bar
Entrepreneurship means freedom and fulfillment. It gives rise to dreams and hope that we can constantly improve and be of service to others. And ultimately, entrepreneurship is important because there’s nothing more satisfying than pursuing your passion, experiencing the ups and downs, starting a business and watching  your idea take on a life of its own.

 

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Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Surabhi Pandit

Senior Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 123

spandit@cfsem.org

Contact Surabhi if you have grant-related questions.