What is the Catalyst Collision? 

The Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV)-sponsored Catalyst Accelerator will host a 4-day pitch event where 23 startups and small businesses (to include the 8 cohort companies) will have the opportunity to present to Government tech scouts their innovative, dual-use (government & commercial), space or space-related technologies, ideally with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 or higher (see levels outlined HERE). The event also includes fireside chats or panel discussions and networking opportunities with the scouts. On the final day of the event, the 23 companies, along with an additional 7 companies, will participate in a Tech Gallery event where each will showcase their technology for Government tech scouts and leaders in the Space Community.

What did participants say about the last tech pitch event?

What a great event! Even in these trying times your team pulled off hosting this event virtually and we were still able to engage with the community when most every other event was cancelled. Although it was virtual it felt that some great connections were made. Very grateful that we still made it to the event and that we had great audiences. Thanks!”

“We appreciate the effort the Catalyst Campus and Kansas SBDC put forth to help small businesses connect with industry and the government.”

“Thank you for hosting this event! Pitching and gaining industry contacts was hugely valuable.”

“Thank you, Catalyst team (Catalyst, Business Consultants and Kansas Small Business Group). We feel you did an OUTSTANDING job making this work!!”

Who should apply to the Catalyst Collision Event? 

The Catalyst Accelerator team is looking for startups and small businesses that have innovative space or space-related technologies to pitch to Government Tech Scouts during the Catalyst Collision Event. Ideally, but not exclusively, companies will be under 5 years old with less than 70 employees. 

What technology is ideal to have to apply?

All innovative space or space-related technologies will be considered for pitching. However, ideal applicants will have technologies with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 or higher and will already have a strong commercial focus with patents in place or applied for. Technologies of most interest align with the SpaceWERX Space Prime initiative. These technology sectors are listed below. Companies with space-based technologies that fall outside of these categories are still encouraged to apply. We don’t know what we don’t know! All unique, innovative space technologies will be considered!

    • Hybrid Data Movement
    • On-orbit Advanced Power
    • Advanced Space Maneuver
    • Orbital Refueling & Manufacturing
    • Orbital Debris Remediation
    • Space-Based Cyber Security

How to apply? 

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. The Catalyst Accelerator uses Valid Evaluation for the application process and down selection.  

What are the benefits of the Catalyst Collision?


  • This is a fantastic opportunity for your company and technology to get greater exposure within the Space community—DoD, non-DoD Government, and Industry.


  • What a great opportunity to network with tech scouts, Space leaders, those who can offer resources for your company, and fellow startups and small businesses who could become partners!


  • You will be able to take advantage of the expertise of the Catalyst Collision team in helping you prepare your documents.  You will also be able to receive feedback from the tech scouts so that you can optimize your technology and presentation.

Do we need to be in person at the Catalyst Campus for the Duration of the event? 

No, the Catalyst Collision Event is completely virtual.  

What is the cost to attend the Catalyst Collision? 

There is no cost to participating companies that have been competitively selected to participate in the program.

Will you protect my intellectual property? Will you sign an NDA? 

This event will not facilitate the signing of nondisclosure agreements (NDA); thus, all companies should limit the information in their pitches and posterboards to non-proprietary information.  If companies choose to enter into an NDA with another event participant or tech scout, they may do so at their own risk.

How secure is the information I provide to Catalyst Accelerator?

Catalyst Accelerator uses the Valid Eval platform ( to manage our application, evaluation, and feedback processes. Valid Eval (VE) protects applicants’ information using a multi-layered approach consistent with software industry best practices.

Some details: VE has architected its application security consistent with AWS’ “Well-Architected” framework, and the platform is hosted entirely in Amazon Web Services’ US-East-1 region, which holds 207 “FedRAMP Moderate” authorizations. These authorizations demonstrate that AWS US-East-1 operational, physical and information security practices have passed extensive compliance audits against US Government security standards. All communications between your browser and VE are encrypted-in-transit with the most-current revision of TLS supported by AWS, and all data stored to non-volatile memory is encrypted-at-rest. This includes all files uploaded by applicants, which pass directly from the applicant’s browser to AWS S3 and are stored encrypted via AES-256. Valid Eval also is careful to ensure that applicants’ intellectual property remains exactly that – by uploading information you grant Catalyst Accelerator and VE a license to view that information, but it remains yours, period.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact VE directly at