CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University's creative arts and industries incubator, Catapult Creative House, will be officially dedicated on Friday, October 16 during a 1 p.m. ceremony.
Catapult cultivates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship by connecting interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, and practitioners in an array of hands-on learning experiences through courses, collaborative projects, and extracurricular programming.
The one-of-a-kind program brings together students from art, business, fashion merchandising, construction management, interior design, hospitality management, entrepreneurship, and other academic areas and immerses them in the entrepreneurship experience.
The laboratory encourages students to come up with ideas, innovate and accelerate business start-ups and understand what it takes to become an entrepreneur.
Catapult celebrated a soft opening in May in a 13,320 square foot renovated building in Cape Girardeau's downtown business district.
In addition to the studio, the facility has a retail shop, coffee bar, art gallery, letterpress area, 3D printing area, photo and paint shops. All of these are run by students with faculty oversight.
An Honorary guest at the dedication will be Charles Stamp Jr., who donated $750,000 for the facility.
Catapult Creative House is a $1.95 million venture. Besides Stamp's gift, financing was provided through city and state grants along with other private donations and University monies.