About Our Campus
Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
The vision of Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation is to leverage an economic development cluster strategy that capitalizes on the competitive advantage of Southern Colorado’s aerospace, defense, advanced manufacturing, electronic, cyber security and technology industries to expand the region’s industrial base and create a distinctive position for Colorado Springs to compete in the regional, national and global aerospace, defense and technology economy. Located in downtown Colorado Springs, the campus currently spans ~10 acres and boasts 135,000+ SF of commercial space.
Catalyst Campus is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, workforce training, entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture capital intersect with the diverse resources of a technology campus to create community, spark innovation and stimulate business growth. The Catalyst Campus mission to be a leading-edge incubator and accelerator offering entrepreneurs, start-ups and small to medium-sized business a scalable infrastructure platform that promotes technology advancement, and guides technology transfer from the government to the commercial market and vice versa.
As the founder, visionary and financial sponsor of Catalyst Campus, Kevin O’Neil has been successful in nurturing small business growth in Pikes Peak region. Since 2008, Mr. O’Neil’s “economic gardening” model has planted, nurtured and/or relocated dozens of companies to Colorado Springs. In doing so, the O’Neil Group has succeeded in establishing several successful companies and has purchased and transformed over 300,000 SF of prime commercial real estate in downtown Colorado Springs. Several of these companies provide services and support to the aerospace and defense industry.
Mr. O’Neil’s vision and passion has led him to leverage his business knowledge and experience to create and privately fund a comprehensive infrastructure platform for the aerospace and defense industry; a campus where entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups grow, are nurtured, supported and promoted. Mr. O’Neil launched the Catalyst vision through the purchase, renovation, and preservation of a blighted, 100-year old, historic train depot.
501(c)(6) – Southern Colorado Technology Alliance
The mission of the Southern Colorado Technology Alliance (SCTA) is to promote, support and nurture the aerospace, defense, and dependent industries in Southern Colorado. SCTA is a 501(c)(6) member-based, non-profit designed to leverage the passion and innovative spirit found in small businesses to collaborate, create, prototype, develop and deliver solutions for complex problems, quickly, reliably, and affordably. SCTA accelerates business growth by providing a platform to remove barriers and increase opportunities for members to bid on government and commercial contracts.
SCTA’s collaborative ecosystem offers entrepreneurs and businesses access to opportunities and military and industry leaders by building relationships that increase opportunities for teaming arrangements and potentially enhance contract eligibility. The alliance relies on medium and large-size businesses to mentor small businesses through the challenges of operating a business. SCTA recruits companies willing to collaborate with others in an open environment by protecting the collective best interests and intellectual property of the membership.
501(c)(3) – Center for Innovation, Technology, Research and Commercialization
The mission of the Center for Innovation, Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit is to promote and support innovation, technology, research and commercialization through collaborative partnerships with industry, education, military and research organizations across the country and multiple industry sectors. C-TRAC’s overarching purpose is to serve as a platform that brings together government, education institutions, and industry, to collaborate on technology innovation and maturation, to create products for the market and to provide skill training in new technologies. Commercialization of government-owned intellectual property will create opportunities for collaboration between industry and researchers that contributes to Southern Colorado’s reputation as a hub for aerospace, defense and cybersecurity technology, as well as provide regional employment opportunities.