About Catalyst Space Accelerator

Sponsored by Air Force Research Lab’s Space Vehicles Directorate, the Catalyst Space Accelerator is a 12-week, 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.

Metrics of Success

Participant Companies
Subject Matter Experts
Military Discovery Contacts
Supporting Non-Profits
Seed Investment
Follow-On Funding (Private & Government)
Grant Money

Everybody Wins

The Catalyst Space Accelerator offers dynamic programming in an ideal location:

  • Customized program for Accelerator companies with flexibility to meet unique needs of each company.
  • Close proximity to 11 military bases and space-related military units resulting in customer discovery opportunities in our backyard. Army base–Ft. Carson. Air Force bases–Buckley, Peterson, Schriever, Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain. Military Units—National Space Defense Center, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters NORAD & US Northcom, US Space Command, Space & Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command, and Missile Defense Agency.
  • 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. Aerospace is one of the top areas of investment for the state of Colorado.

Get Involved



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

Partner and Sponsor


There are many ways to become involved in the Catalyst Space Accelerator through sponsorships, mentorship, and customer discovery.  Find out more here.