dateS:JUNE 14 - 23


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 31, 2022

Applications Close

  • Close @ 8:00 AM MT

June 14, 2022


June 16, 2022

Happy Hour!

  • 4:00 – 5:30 PM MT
  • Sponsored by Microsoft

June 23, 2022

Final Day


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Kall Morris Inc (KMI) (Marquette, Michigan) is efficiently removing and repurposing space debris for commercial and government customers. The massive opportunity is a $50B total market, which KMI is entering through our partnered NASA SBIR Phase II and multiple USSF Orbital Primes. The co-founders combine civilian space agency AI/ML, defense aerospace rapid prototyping, and commercial business development for an agnostic solution to an exponential problem. The first mission is scheduled for 2025, with KMI hard at work today on #KeepingSpaceClearForAll.

Little Place Labs (LPL) (Houston, Texas) is building software applications utilizing advanced machine learning techniques that can be deployed on remote sensing satellites optimized for the Space environment. This is also known as “Satellite Edge Computing” and will allow raw data to be processed immediately as it is captured, and insights to be developed in orbit. The outcome is quicker and more cost-effective delivery of critical insights to end-users for them to make data-driven decisions for applications like natural disaster detection, surveillance and monitoring, and other time-sensitive events.

Makai (Hopkinton, Massachusetts) specializes in the modernization of wired and wireless systems by strengthening and securing communications at the tactical edge.   Makai has developed the Hardened Operational Networking Unit (HONU), a ruggedized communications device that leverages the power of 5G throughput and SATCOM backhaul.  Makai’s Gemini 5G test lab is a vendor agnostic test facility located next to Hanscom AFB in Lincoln, MA.  We are able to partner with any industry hardware or software vendor to develop network architectures and operational test scenarios to address national security challenges. 

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Our mission is to ensure a secure space domain through Active Debris Remediation (ADR) of hazardous spacecraft and Resident Space Objects (RSO) to protect US government and commercial space assets, and the services they provide, from disruption or degradation while building a sustainable space economy and enabling a wide range of On-orbit Servicing Assembly and Manufacturing (OSAM) use cases.

At OSCorp, we are developing Robust and Autonomous Relative Navigation Algorithms for Safe Approach Inspection and Docking of Non-Cooperative Spacecraft that were not previously feasible or viable. Combining our algorithms with space-qualified robotic arms, adaptive sensing capabilities, and grappling hardware components (interfaces, tools, fixtures), we are testing novel inspection, docking and grappling optimization techniques by modeling uncertainty, non-linear dynamics and time-varying constraints.

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Our vision is a digital economy that brings nations together through digitally validated Trust and Transparency. We enable massive digital collaboration accelerating interaction and transaction to the scale of global economies. In the accomplishment of our mission, we seek to enable others to optimize their missions through safe, lower cost, and simplified technology consumption on the utility of the SQS Platform.

SQS is building a fundamentally different architecture of premium compute production, professionally engineered and operated, scalable across the globe and across space, theoretically without bounds. We envision a society enabled by technology comparable to other commercialized complex innovations such as electric power, aviation, and railway. On this system, we offer a new vision of economy enabled by digital systems delivering validated trust. It is thru the peace dividend of economic interaction that the potential for massive good is realized.

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