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Catalyst Accelerator PNT Company Highlights Part 3: ColdQuanta and PreTalen

By Victoria Mann Have you ever dreamed about being present when electricity was invented? When the first telegraph message came through? Or how about when the first plane flew? I’m sure many people have had similar dreams – and then gone back to doing what they know how to do. Some people, though, have dreamed […]

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Catalyst Accelerator PNT Company Highlights Part 2: NOVAA, esc Aerospace and Braxton

By Victoria Mann Innovation can be hard to pin down. By nature, disruptive innovation isn’t exactly predictable. It often pops up in places we aren’t looking for it. Thankfully, we’ve found ways to drastically increase our odds of innovation by putting people with different backgrounds in the same room for three months, for instance (hint: […]

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AFRL/RV Catalyst Accelerator Welcomes New Program Manager to Oversee PNT-Focused Accelerator Cohort

By Lora Premo Introduction The Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) Catalyst Accelerator just launched its second cohort under the oversight of Air Force Lt Zoe Casteel. The cohort companies will be focused on Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) challenges, a hot topic right now because the United States is heavily dependent upon […]

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Alumni companies from Colorado Springs accelerator win research grants

By Wayne Heilman of the Colorado Springs Gazette Four of six companies that spent four months this year in the Catalyst Accelerator at Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation have won Small Business Innovation Research Grants. The four companies — Adaptive Systems, Advanced Radar Co., Guidestar Optical Systems and SarniaSat — all were part of […]

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Catalyst Accelerator PNT Cohort Highlights, Part 1: Third Insight, Nokomis Inc, and Echo Ridge

By Victoria Mann Tapping into small commercial industry to meet big needs of the U.S. military The U.S. government needs new technologies. Other countries are coming out with them, it seems, every day (see here or here or here). But the process for getting those technologies is so complicated that it often turns away the […]

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Seven SBIRs Awarded to Recent Catalyst Accelerator Alumni

Written by Lora Premo   Seven SBIRs Awarded to Recent Catalyst Accelerator Alumni Multiple Small Business Innovation Research Awards Go to Four Companies from Inaugural Cohort  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., October 2, 2018 – Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) Catalyst Accelerator, at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs, […]

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Air Force Special Topics SBIRs Used as New Mechanism to Select PNT-Focused Cohort

Written by Lora Premo Catalyst Accelerator will welcome the program’s second cohort with a public Kick-Off to be held Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs. A defense and national security industry accelerator headquartered at the Catalyst Campus, the AFRL/RV Catalyst Accelerator is the first accelerator […]

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SaraniaSat, Catalyst Accelerator Alumni, Wins NASA InVEST Contract $5.1 Million Over Three Years Awarded to Inaugural Cohort Company

Colorado Springs, Colo – Excitement recently prevailed at the Catalyst Campus and at SaraniaSat, a participant in the Catalyst Accelerator’s very first cohort, with the announcement that SaraniaSat has been awarded a contract by NASA for their Hyperspectral Thermal Imager (HyTI) proposal. Of the six companies that participated in the Catalyst Accelerator’s inaugural cohort, SaraniaSat […]

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Colorado Springs company transformed by accelerator experience by Bill Radford of the Colorado Springs Gazette

For Robert Lancaster, CEO of Adaptive Systems, the biggest benefit of the accelerator was developing skills to improve and grow the business, from finding new funding sources to learning marketing strategies. “When we first started out,” he said, “we were a bit skeptical, but man, it proved instrumental in just about everything that we are […]

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Catalyst Accelerator Terrestrial Weather Demo Day Wows Investors and Military

Inaugural Cohort Pitches to Audience of 100 Investors and Weather Experts Written by Lora Premo Catalyst Accelerator held their very first Demo Day on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation, the exciting climax to 12 weeks of hard work for the inaugural cohort of six companies hand-selected for the […]

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