What do we do?

Entrepreneurs have great business ideas but can struggle with the ins and outs of starting and running a business. They often need help getting their product or service developed. That's where Catapult comes in! We help entrepreneurs with coaching, training, mentoring and product development in a sensible, flexible program that can launch a great idea into the market.

It all starts with the Discovery Program, which is open to anyone, whether you're considering entrepreneurship or already have an active business... APPLY to get started today!


Our Catapult Program works as a business incubator and accelerator serving Central Alberta. We provide support to entrepreneurs who have a new business or innovation and want help developing their idea. 

Catapult is a project of the Red Deer Downtown Business Association and funded through CARIN (Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network).

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Embarking in a new career is exciting but also can be daunting, especially when you are going into business for yourself. Our team is here to help ease some of those concerns and lead you where you need go. 

Entrepreneurs that qualify for the Catapult Program, can expect the team to support them with tools, training, coaching, and other resources throughout the business development process, until the business is ready and able to thrive on its own.

Maureen brings 11 years experience in municipal economic development, program and service implementation and multi-stakeholder communications. Her background focused on facilitation, project management, business start up and expansion, community engagement, marketing, project management and more. With a passion for small business and community growth, Maureen is thrilled to help Catapult’s entrepreneurs build successful, sustainable businesses in the Central Alberta Region.

As a leading Central Alberta Organizational Development Specialist, Danielle delivers planning and other professional services in community development, economic development, and business development. An entrepreneur in her own right with a thriving consulting practice, Danielle is dedicated to providing high impact, meaningful services and solutions to businesses, organizations and municipalities.

Danielle's instincts in business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking and business-to-consumer (B2C) have helped her build a solid network and reputation within the business community in Central Alberta. She has travelled throughout Canada and the US to identify and attract International investment opportunities to Central Alberta, and led trade missions to the US and throughout Canada to assess potential areas of business growth.

As a communications and strategic management specialist and former municipal councillor and provincial candidate, Danielle has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the business table, which helps new businesses get the big picture and then boil it down to meaningful, actionable plans.

Danielle is excited to support entrepreneurial success and sustainability in the incubator, to launch new businesses into the market and foster regional economic growth.

She loves everything to do with marketing, almost as much as she loves music. So it is no surprise that Kelly first majored in marketing and then went on to take broadcasting. For the past 14 years she has worked in the radio industry holding many titles from special events, announcer, promotions director to account executive. She is very excited to assist Catapult and put her extensive marketing knowledge to good use!