Where we focus our efforts and expertise

  • Design
  • Education
  • Research

We imagine a world where everyone has access to well-designed products and services that stimulate and sustain better lives. From concept generation to distribution strategy, our team of designers, engineers, and business strategists have the skills and on-the-ground experience to offer a comprehensive approach to product and service development for low income and underserved customers.

We believe tough problems require creative thinking. We have refined our design approach, methods, and tools through solving complex social problems around the globe—and we want to share what we have learned! Offering workshops, training, and mentorship, we support organizations and groups that want to integrate key design methodologies and a people-centered approach in their work.

We know design can lead to more sustainable solutions for low income and underserved markets. We investigate and disseminate design research focused on the acceleration and accessibility of quality market-based solutions to poverty. We help clients gain a deeper understanding of how design can spur development initiatives. We partner with forward-looking donors to realize new innovations in our prototyping lab and in the field.


Recent projects we've worked on

Catapult's work is rooted in our people-centered approach. We help our partners think about old problems in new ways to spur novel and innovative solutions. Our multidisciplinary team of designers, engineers, and business specialists have decades of experience designing solutions to solve tough social problems. We are accustomed to the unique challenges of resource-constrained environments and we understand the cultural, social, and financial lenses that must be considered when introducing new products and services into unconventional markets.

  • “I consider Catapult Design a critical and invaluable asset to our organization. I am continually impressed with the Catapult team, their creative insights, strategic guidance and co­-design ethos. Catapult consistently delivered a high­ degree of client commitment, innovative ideas and hands-­on support. I recommend the team in the highest terms possible terms.”

    Iana Aranda
    ASME Engineering for Change

  • “Catapult understood the constraints of working in our market due to past experience. This saved us time and resources. Instead of educating potential partners as to the parameters of our community and market, Catapult’s prior experience working in emerging markets enable them to get up to speed quickly for our project. This enabled us to work together quickly and efficiently.”

    Gary Zeiff
    President and Founder of Dissigno

  • “We had an extremely fruitful collaboration with Catapult to design handwashing stations.”

    Clair Null
    Innovations for Poverty Action

  • “Catapult was essential in our ability to provide solar power to Nyange Health Center in a culturally sensitive, inclusive manner. If it wasn’t for them, we would not have known the key questions to ask to ensure that the system addressed the needs of the health center. Our mission includes providing technical support to projects developed by people living in developing communities. We have been able to maintain our mission through our collaboration with Catapult.”

    Dr. Wendy Leonard
    The Ihangane Project

  • “Overall, working with Catapult was the highlight of my year.”

    Chris Murphy
    Living Goods

  • “We were able to jump into details with Catapult almost immediately due to [their knowledge and understanding of our target clients through] past experience.”

    Jacob Winiecki
    Simpa Networks


Organizations we've teamed up with

Living Goods
Off Grid Electric
Omidyar Network
Nature Conservancy
Peace Corps
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