What is the Catalyst Collision? 

The Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV)-sponsored Catalyst Accelerator will host a Catalyst Collision. This is a 4-day pitch event designed to spark connections and collaboration between startups & small businesses with innovative space or space-related technology and Government tech scouts.  On the final day of the event, the Catalyst Accelerator team is inviting the Space Community to join the 8 current cohort companies and the additional 22 competitively selected companies for a Tech Gallery. We hope you will join us to learn more about these 30 companies and their innovative tech.

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 will 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 will participating companies have?

Technologies of most interest at the Tech Gallery event will align with the potential SpaceWERX Space Prime initiatives. These technology sectors are listed below. Companies with space-based technologies that fall outside of these categories will still be encouraged to apply.  Company descriptions will be available by the end of May.

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

Why Participate?

The Catalyst Accelerator team is pulling together 30 of the finest companies with innovative space or space-related tech. This is a great opportunity for the Space Community to connect with these companies for potential partnerships and collaboration. Sponsorships are available to companies who wish to support small businesses and gain greater visibility.

How to get involved? 

  1. Attend the Event
  2. $2,000 Sponsorship— The Catalyst Accelerator invites companies to join the Sponsorship team.  This is a great opportunity to champion the small business and startup efforts, while advancing the Department of Defense’s mission of getting innovative tech into the hands of the US Warfighter.

$2,000 Sponsorship Benefits

  1. Sponsor can contribute promotional items and POC business cards that Catalyst Accelerator will send to the 30 participating companies
  2. Mentioned in the Post-Event Press Release
  3. Name in program collateral
  4. Social media recognition
  5. Verbal recognition of Sponsor during Closing Ceremony

*We are excited to have the Space Community involved in the Tech Gallery event.  In appreciation for your support, Sponsorship visibility will be prominent throughout the full 4 days.

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 for the Space community to participate in the event.

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