Catapult Lakeland hosted its 4th Annual Lakeland Entrepreneur Awards on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. With a keynote address from Caterina Fake — investor at Yes VC, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, and one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the world — the co-working space known for launching Lakeland’s startups honored local entrepreneurial movers and shakers in four categories.
🏆 Entrepreneur Champion — Mayor Bill Mutz, City of Lakeland
This award goes to a person or company from the Lakeland community who has intentionally taken the time to invest in the development of entrepreneurs. They have provided mentorship, support, and guidance to entrepreneurs navigating a business start-up.
Other nominees: Justin Heacock, Free Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at Florida Southern College; Ian Gutoski, Hem Healer
🏆 People’s Choice — Jeremy Brumley, LoveBird Almost Famous Chicken
The People’s Choice Award winner is a Lakeland entrepreneur nominated by their community. Catapult conducted an open call, and Lakeland voted from a pool of finalists to select the 2023 winner.
🏆 Catapulter of the Year — Nate Kendrick and Mike Mitchell, Mike & Mike’s Desserts
This Catapult member is in their first few years of operating but has already experienced significant success. This person has proven to be a visionary and strategic leader in how they have started and begun to scale their business. They have demonstrated humility and willingness to learn that is inspiring to those around them.
🏆 David Lyons’ Entrepreneur of the Year — Hunter Abramson, Relic Tickets
This award goes to a previous or present Catapult Member who successfully manages a business and exhibits strong entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation, passion, perseverance, and risk-taking. This person is a trailblazer in their field and is committed to pouring back into the Lakeland community.