dateS:JUNE 14 - 23

Applications Close:May 23 @ 8:00am mt


Positioning small businesses for successful Government contracting


The Catalyst Accelerator’s two-week Boot Camp is sponsored by the SBA’s SBIR/STTR office and United States Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate.  The Boot Camp is geared toward helping tech-based startups and small businesses that have not formerly worked with Government, particularly DoD, learn how to do so effectively.

The Boot Camp is a collaborative effort between the Hyperspace Challenge and Catalyst Accelerator, along with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).


Live with companies able to VTC in other team members when necessary.


Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (555 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 120, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903)


There is no cost to participating companies; however, attendees will have to pay for their own travel costs, lodging, and evening meals. A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided.  Three scholarships of $1,000 each are available for companies in need of assistance with lodging costs. Contact to learn more and apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Catalyst Boot Camp team is looking for small businesses and startups that would like to extend their market footprint to the Government, specifically to the Department of Defense. Eligibility requirements are listed below. Preference will be given to veteran- and women-, and minority-owned businesses or those located in Hub Zones (,-98.579500&zoom=5).

  • Small, independent US business (pdf (
  • 51% or more ownership by US citizens or permanent residents
  • No SBIR/STTR or contracts with DoD previously
  • No foreign investment
  • Not more than 51% owned by single VC organization
  • Available, willing, and financially able to travel to Colorado Springs for the Boot Camp

Ideal Participating Company:

The Catalyst Accelerator team is looking for small businesses or startups who have never done business with the Government but have a dual-use technology that could increase warfighter effectiveness.  The Boot Camp is open to various technology verticals, but preference will be given to those listed below.

  • Terrestrial Weather
  • PNT
  • Space Communications
  • ISR for Space-Based Applications
  • Cybersecurity for Space-Based Applications
  • Data Management – Fusion, Movement – for Space Applications
  • Digital Engineering—Modeling & Simulation
  • Trusted AI
  • On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing
  • Space Domain Awareness
  • Launch
  • Power for Space Vehicles and Operations
  • Space-Supporting Technologies


Companies selected to participate in the Boot Camp will have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts about a variety of topics related to doing business with the Government. Some of these topics include the following:

  • Understanding DoD and other Government agencies
  • Understanding the threat to our nation and the need for new technologies
  • Meeting the requirements to do work with the Government
  • Finding opportunities to work with the Government
  • Navigating the System
  • Understanding the SBIR/STTR program and how to succeed in it
  • How to move forward after winning your first SBIR/STTR
  • SBIR/STTR vs Government Contracting
  • Data Rights and Compliance
  • Resources
  • Development of a Go-to-Market plan to sell to the Government
  • Pitching to a Government audience

Requirements for Completion:

  1. Live participation by same person from company for full 2 weeks.
  2. Go-to-Market Plan for selling to the US Government (will be developed during the Boot Camp)

Key Activities

April 25, 2022

Applications Open

May 12, 2022

Ask Me Anything Session

  • Watch Recording HERE

May 23, 2022

Applications Close

Close @ 8:00 AM MT

June 14, 2022


June 23, 2022

Final Day


Archangel Lightworks (Orlando, Florida) is developing laser technology for the next generation of satellite communication. Their technology enables satellite operators to download 100x more data from orbit more quickly and more securely than radio frequency-based approaches. Their laser technology will massively increase the amount of valuable data downloadable from orbit – bringing more data for climate monitoring, agriculture, and many other Earth Observation use cases down to the people who are using it to improve life on Earth. Their vision is a future where disparate networks across space, air, ground and sea are securely connected using wireless laser links creating truly ubiquitous connectivity.

krtkl (“critical”) (San Francisco, California) provides high-reliability hardware and software solutions for ‘hard’ real-time applications in the robotics, sensing, and space industries. krtkl’s mission is to build a smarter, more connected world by democratizing access to advanced technology. The company’s products have been deployed in thousands of mission-critical commercial and defense systems with demanding performance requirements and size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints. krtkl’s high-bandwidth, radiation-tolerant space mesh router allows for rapid deployment of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellations. The hardware is front-end agnostic and ‘software reconfigurability’ enables on-orbit processing without additional SWaP or cost impacts.

Matchbook AI (Studio City, California) offers the only data solution that helps customers connect in real-time to fully mastered data that is trusted, enriched and always ready for business. This is where their transformational reference data as a service (RDaaS) platform creates incredible business value. RDaaS enables customers to connect on-demand, discover what matters most and manage third-party provider data, including Experian, Moodys and Dun & Bradstreet. By residing between a customer’s enterprise data systems and third-party data providers, RDaaS creates centralized data governance with distributed controls to empower companies with trusted data for impactful decision-making. Customers can connect in real-time to fully mastered data that is trusted, enriched and always ready for business.

Pixspan (Rockville, Maryland) provides the fastest and easiest data acceleration for moving large data files of any type and size on-premise and to, from, and within the Cloud, globally and on demand. Pixspan’s software products accelerate and enhance Cloud and On-Premise workflows, offering unprecedented savings in time, storage and infrastructure costs. Pixspan offers Bit Exact Round Trip™ lossless compression of full-resolution images for speeding up transfers over limited bandwidth.

QuSecure (San Mateo, California) is the global leader in quantum cybersecurity. They’re using the threat of quantum attacks as a catalyst to fix the foundation of digital infrastructure – by putting security first, they assure private and safe communication, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Their software-based solution combines zero-trust endpoint management, unbreakable quantum keys, ultra-fast transport protocols, and Legacy Protocol Switching to deliver unparalleled end-to-end security on earth and in space. QuSecure’s vision is to create an exceptionally secure world through post-quantum cryptography.

Spectronn (Holmdel, New Jersey) has a software platform that concurrently and in real-time optimizes heterogeneous data networking and computing for resilient and low-latency situational awareness. It virtually combines all available networking and computing assets in space and on earth to deliver smart data (satellite, UAV, SAR, RADAR, CCTV, RF, and IoT sensors) collection, storage, sharing, and analytics. AVA, their human-centered AI engine combines deep machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing to analyze the collected data for visual storytelling and Q&A. These integrated capabilities deliver clear, real-time intelligence to first responders, warfighters, and commercial stakeholders, without cognitively overloading them – everything they need and nothing they do not.

Zenn starts with a re-imagined  data storage platform with innovative Software & Hardware. The small form-factor and easy to use design can be utilized from Edge networks to massive scale up data centers, and the platform is 10X more energy efficient than existing data servers. Data also has a significant environmental impact due to the short lifespan of equipment and resulting electronic waste. Zenn is working to increase the life span of systems and to enhance modularity and durability to provide its customers with systems that are easy to use, cost effective and contribute to the circular economy. Zenn’s mission is to advance the innovation and production of state of the art, eco-friendly, secure data storage and management technologies, through engineering, research and development to meet the IT needs of our customers, in collaboration with interested organizations and stakeholders. 

TurnRock Labs (Seattle, Washington) has a mission is to make autonomy affordable for everyone. TurnRock seeks to revolutionize the world of general-purpose robotics by leveraging human brainpower to create more adaptable, resilient, and future proofed systems. They believe that the next generation of coordinated autonomy will depend on faster and more effective real-time integration of software intelligent agents and the humans who operate them. TurnRock is developing the Dynamic Multi-Echelon Agent Control (DMAC) platform to provide real-time integration and simulation capabilities for digital twin models to inform decision making.

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