Southeast’s Catapult Creative House Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

EVT-CatapultCatapult Creative House, Southeast Missouri State University’s groundbreaking creative arts and industries incubator, will celebrate its first year anniversary from 12:30-1:45 p.m. today, April 26, in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

“Perspectives on Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will feature success stories from Southeast entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial experiences taking place at Catapult and an overview of the entrepreneurial resources available at Southeast.

The event is sponsored by Southeast’s Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students, staff and faculty are invited to celebrate Catapult’s anniversary as well as the entrepreneurial endeavors of Southeast students across campus. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by “Fuel” of Catapult Creative House.

Students presenting at the event and their topics are Terry Davis of Jackson, Missouri, on fine arts printmaking; Nicole Fouché of Jonesboro, Illinois on the bridal shop business; Elizabeth Hill of Edwardsville, Illinois and Doug Peterson on an app platform for fashion recognition software; Clement Iradukunda of Kolding, Denmark on iPress mobile application; and Peter Lloyd of East Bethel, Minnesota, on clothing design.

“It is only through the stories of students’ entrepreneurial endeavors will we understand the power of our efforts,” said Dr. Judy Wiles, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing and director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast. “Each story serves to inspire future student entrepreneurs.”

The event will also feature special guest Douglas C. Greene. Greene is a successful and visionary entrepreneur and a long-time supporter and advisor to the entrepreneurship program at Southeast. He has demonstrated his passion for entrepreneurship through scholarships and other resources for the University.

Launched in May 2015, Catapult is located at 612 Broadway in a 13,320-square-foot renovated building in Cape Girardeau’s downtown business district. Catapult is the newest of many resources available for student and community entrepreneurs including the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

“Southeast has been fortunate to have a legacy of faculty and entrepreneurs who have championed the entrepreneurial spirit and encouraged students to bring their business ideas to fruition,” said Wiles.

Catapult’s one-of-a-kind program is designed to bring together students and faculty from a variety of disciplines (art, business, fashion, construction management, interior design and hospitality management) to immerse them in the entrepreneurial experience. Catapult launches students’ innovative product and service concepts in creative laboratories and tests their business models in a modern commercial marketplace.

This entrepreneurial space was derived from a group of faculty and staff working together and the generosity of donors including Charles Stamp Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, and Cashiers, N.C., vice president of Public Affairs Worldwide at Deere & Company and a Southeast alumnus.

In addition to student studio and collaboration spaces, the facility provides a retail shop, coffee bar, gallery, letterpress area, 3-D printing area, photo and paint shops, all operated by students with faculty oversight.