We must move with a purpose – we must accelerate change or lose.

“We must move with a purpose – we must accelerate change or lose.” –  Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

The third week of the Hybrid Data Movement (#CAHDM) cohort was loaded with crucial information and networking opportunities! Colin Wylie, Chief Operating Officer at Catalyst Campus, kicked off the week with a brief overview and tour of Catalyst Campus. Programming then began with Ashton Dragon who provided information about Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). Ashton is the Customer Success Manager for STTR clients at Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation. She mentioned, “With Billions of dollars made available each year and the intense need for rapid innovation, Small Businesses should take advantage of Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) opportunities and leverage the Accelerator tool sets to promote their commercial products within the DoD space.”

Afterwards the cohort was lucky enough to hear from Russ Long, Founder and CEO of Long Capture. Long Capture is a sponsor of the Hybrid Data Movement cohort. Russ spoke about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and AFWERX. AFWERX is a United States Air Force program with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation within the service. Encompassing a number of programs supported with relatively small amounts of funding, the initiative is intended to circumvent bureaucracy and engage new entrepreneurs in Air Force programs. Russ explained, “I really appreciate the opportunity to support the Catalyst Accelerator cohort. This cohort is the 9th that we’ve had the privileged of supporting. In my talk, we discussed some of the funding programs that are a great on ramp for tech companies such as the AFWERX SBIR/STTR Open Topic. We also discussed how this opens the door to much larger sole source or “Phase III” opportunities as well. It’s been a great program and funding source for cohorts in the past and the Catalyst Accelerator program does a lot to prepare them for a success with the SBIR/STTR program and beyond!”

Twelve subject matter experts donated their time to speak with the cohort during week three. Two of these experts included Karri Palmetier and Yoriko Morita. Karri is a Government Contracts Adviser for Small Businesses at Palmetier Law. She gave a briefing to the cohort about government data rights. She also touched on some strange things regarding government contracting that are important for them to know as small businesses. Karri offered wonderful advice by stating, “The cohort members have it right – contracting with the government is a minefield. The key is to learn enough to recognize the signs, which is exactly what they learn during the accelerator process with all the different experts, sherpas and government personnel.” Yoriko Morita is an Intellectual Property (IP) Law Expert, Patent Strategist, and Founder of Patents Integrated. She offered wonderful tips and tricks for IP and IP alternatives.

The cohort companies had the distinct honor to meet Maj Gen (ret) Kim Crider on Tuesday. Maj Gen (ret) Crider spoke to the cohort about the Digital Space Force and answered several key questions that the cohort members had. She was also the keynote speaker for the Industry Night hosted by Galapagos Federal Systems on Wednesday evening where she focused on digital engineering and data movement.  

The week ended on a perfect note with a spectacular Happy Hour at Catalyst Campus co-hosted by The Smalls Colorado and National Management Contract Association (NMCA). This was a wonderful opportunity for the eight cohort companies to network with the Catalyst Campus and Space Community.

Thank you to each of the subject matter experts who donated their time to speak with the Hybrid Data Movement cohort and answer their questions. The Catalyst Accelerator team is looking forward to what week five has to offer!

Author: Kate Menendez, Marketing Specialist