Fueled by The United States Space Force, the Catalyst Accelerator is a 3-month, semi-residential program located in Colorado Springs designed to increase the Air Force’s awareness and rapid acquisition of commercial, dual-use space technology by providing relevant business development training to Accelerator companies and connecting these entrepreneurs with users, decision makers, and potential new customers in the DoD and commercial realms.

The Catalyst  Accelerator is proud to offer:

  • Customized programming designed to meet the unique needs of each company.
  • Close proximity to 11 military bases and space-related military units resulting in customer discovery opportunities right in our backyard. 
  • Hosted at Catalyst Campus—an innovation ecosystem and home to industry, military and nonprofit units like SBDC and PTAC.
  • Aerospace is a $36B industry in Colorado and is growing. With 30 national labs in the state as well as the top defense contractors, networking is a rich experience for companies. 



Accelerator topics have included Terrestrial Weather, Position, Navigation, and Timing, Resilient Commercial Space Communication, Space-Based ISR, Data Fusion, Cyber for Space Applications, and On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing, and International Space Domain Awareness.


Companies from all across the globe that have participated in our Accelerator.

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Subject Matter Experts

Our experts bring valuable knowledge and insight to help our companies thrive. 

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DoD Discovery Meetings

DoD customers, stakeholders, decision makers, and users share how our companies’ technologies can fill technology gaps.

Contracts Won

Cohort companies have won contracts in both the government and commercial arenas following their participation

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Initial Investment

Companies receive private investment or grant funding to offset the costs of participation in the Accelerator. 

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Follow-On Funding

Follow-on funding comes from commercial and DoD contracts as well as private investment.

Jobs Added to Economy

Cohort companies have added full-time, part-time, and contract positions bolstering our nation’s economy. 


KiMar Gartman

Program Director

Shae Thomas

Program Facilitator

Kate Menendez

Marketing Specialist

Mo Kanwischer

Chief Consultant



Are you a startup or small business that is interested in expanding your customer market to DoD?  The Catalyst Accelerator can help you make the connections you need to succeed! 


There are many ways to become involved in the Catalyst  Accelerator through sponsorships, mentorship, as a subject matter expert and participating in customer discovery.