Catapult Entrepreneurs is 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 Entrepreneurs began operating in April of 2017. We are funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade through Alberta Innovates. A project of the Red Deer Downtown Business Association and a initiative in the Alberta Jobs plan.
The Catapult Entrepreneurs team helps to support entrepreneurs with tools, training, coaching, and other resources throughout the business development process, until the business is ready and able to thrive on its own.
We have partners in several Central Alberta communities including, Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, Olds, Stettler, Camrose, Wetaskiwin and all communities therein, with Red Deer as the central hub.
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.
Peter McGee has spent the majority of his career working with businesses to help expand and increase their customer base and the rest of the time snowboarding. Peter started his career working with ski hills to attract new customers then moved on to representing municipalities working with Business Associations to increase their profile outside of their local community. He has worked in Economic Development helping to create a healthy local business environment. Peter has a passion for business and loves to see people succeed.
Peter's entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, being a former small business owner in Red Deer he has great perspective and wealth of experience to draw on to help small businesses owners meet the many challenges that they face every day.
When not in the office he loves to spend as much time outside as possible, playing soft ball, mountain biking, spending time on the water and out in the mountains.
There are twelve businesses that have started working with us and that we are creating programs for. These businesses cover a broad range of industries, from LED light manufacturing and educational virtual reality games to agricultural innovations and fire suppression systems. Each of these has started on their individual plan and is moving towards their business goals.