Our one-of-a-kind Catapult™ program offers startups access to specialty teams of students and volunteers that address the targeted needs of the startups under the guidance of industry experts. The projects are structured as micro-internships for students and generally run 6-8 weeks in length.
A subject-matter expert acts as a mentor for a group of 2-5 students who consult for a startup.
The startup is generally in need of support in that area.
The Catapult™ team provides them with a set deliverable in a short time that helps the startups get into incubators/accelerators, get funding, acquire clients, etc.
There are many targeted areas of potential collaboration are designed to help students get exposure to the inner workings of a startup while also focusing on their academic area of interest (e.g. accounting, marketing, chemistry, etc.). Some target projects include work in:
- Pro-forma Development
- Corporate Identity Development
- Sales Planning
- Prior Art Research
- Market Research (secondary)
- Market Research (primary)
- Deck Development
- Accounting Setup
Most importantly, students get to showcase their talents in their respective fields while gaining access to mentors, startups, and a taste of the entrepreneurial experience without having to take on the entire burden of starting a business of their own from scratch.