Kevin O'Neil
Founder, Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

In 2015, the O’Neil Group Company purchased a three-building campus focused around the old Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Eastern Downtown Colorado Springs. Between renovation, expansion and a vision to bring small business, academia and government together to solve real problems, the Catalyst Campus has become a thriving environment for technological advancement and the delivery of capability to the Air Force and Space Force. The Catalyst Campus has supported the growth of the downtown Colorado Springs economy to the tune of over 1,000 employees and $270M in economic impact from a combined direct, indirect and induced effect on the economy according to a recent study.

C-TRAC is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit subsidiary of Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation that serves our country and bolsters our economy by bringing together government, education, and industry partners to meet our warfighter’s needs at market speed – fulfilling our vision of co-creating national capabilities.

The DoD Prototyping Guidebook lists C-TRAC as an example of a PIA – “public-facing intermediaries [that] help government organizations find, collaborate with, and contract with industry, labs, and academic partners to discover and develop innovative solutions to problems that the organization is trying to solve.”

C-TRAC has led the charge in this important work by facilitating Partnership Intermediary Agreements with Air Force CyberWorx and Air Force Research Labs, providing recruiting, teaming opportunities, business acceleration, commercial augmentation programs and much more. We are always in search of additional partners to leverage existing PIAs and establish new intermediary agreements.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Edward Baron

Vice President
Advanced Programs
Braxton Technologies

Tatiana Bailey

Executive Director
UCCS Economic Forum

Sue Payton

SCI Aerospace, Inc.

Sue Spradley

Motion Intelligence

Seth Harvey


Jason Knudson

Vyzva Lab

Dave Buck

Buck Consulting Group

Ken O'Neil

The O'Neil Group

Patrick Stephens

The O'Neil Group Company

In 1859, Colorado Springs history is marked with the founding of Colorado City which became the first settlement in the Pikes Peak region. It was the territorial capitol for a short period and served as a supply camp for miners traveling to the mining camps west of Denver.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Passenger Depot or Santa Fe Station in Colorado Springs, Colorado is a historic railway station. The grand depot and Harvey House was built in 1917 as a joint Santa Fe/Colorado and Southern Railway facility. In 1972, the Santa Fe tracks through Colorado Springs were removed and rail operations were consolidated on the former Rio Grande trackage on the west side of town. The depot and the nearby express building (later used as a freight house) now serves as Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation.

The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It was deemed “significant for its architectural features and for the role it played in rail transportation in Colorado.’

Fred Harvey, namesake of the Harvey House, is infamous for the creation the first chain restaurant – opening his first depot restaurant in Topeka, KS, in 1876. In 1878, Mr. Harvey opened his first hotel and restaurant in Florence, Kansas and by 1891, 15 Harvey Houses (restaurants) were in operation. 

Catalyst in Motion

Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)

SMC selected NSTXL as the new consortium manager for the next iteration of the SpEC OTA. Catalyst Campus is a key member of this ground breaking team. This award will broaden access for non-traditional industry vendors.

Catalyst Accelerator

The Catalyst Accelerator has been crushing it during COVID. Our team has conducted two cohorts (Data Fusion for Space Applications, Cyber for Space Applications) and a Tech Collision event. 2021 looks to be another amazing year…please visit our Accelerator section and website for sponsorship opportunities.

Catalyst Campus Expanding

Catalyst is expanding locally and nationally. Our expansions will serve the interagency and joint warfighter, commercial industry and academia alike, while investing in / helping other communities experience similar success of our Colorado Springs campus

The FORGE and Catalyst Team Up

Catalyst Campus is playing a key role in standing up The FORGE at the University of Maryland College Park. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to further enhancing the DevSecOps environment.

Catalyst Campus Welcomes our New CEO

Patrick Barrett took the helm at Catalyst Campus in November 2020. He brings a wealth of industry experience with a focus on innovation and partnerships.