U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office Seeks Small Business Solutions for Digital Model Certification Process

Small businesses from every industry are encouraged to apply to pitch their technology to the U.S. Air Force if they have a solution for how modern technology can streamline the ingestion, digestion, and analysis of digital models. Eight companies will be selected to refine their pitch and technology for implementation into the Air Force through a fully funded accelerator program hosted by Catalyst Campus in Ogden, Utah.

OGDEN, Utah, Dec. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Accelerator Ogden (Accelerator), powered by the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) Digital Transformation Office (DTO), seeks technologies for its three-month Accelerator that will streamline the USAF's processing of digital models, such as model-based systems engineering (MBSE) SysML, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) models. Applications are currently being accepted for small businesses possessing technology that can be used by the USAF. The challenge statement for this Accelerator is: 

How might modern technology streamline the ingestion, digestion, and analysis of digital models to enable an efficient USAF certification process?

These innovative technology solutions will streamline the certification of a system and support the USAF's Unified Certification Strategy (UCS). UCS is an emerging approach within the USAF and broader Department of Defense (DoD) to streamline the three primary certification types: Airworthiness, Cyber Security, and Nuclear Surety. One line of effort within UCS is enabling certification efficiency through digital models. As more programs within the DoD embrace digital models, the complexity and quantity of data needing to be processed through the certification pipeline will increase. The certification process requires timely input and assessment of underlying engineering to assist the certification teams, and this is currently done through manual and semi-automated processes. The goal of this Accelerator is to explore technology that can accelerate and automate the certification process.

The Accelerator cohort launches March 7, 2023. Eight companies will participate in the Accelerator, drawing on expertise from military and commercial experts. Participant companies will make crucial connections within Government and Industry that enable them to promote their technology and understand stakeholder needs. The Accelerator culminates in a Demonstration Day event attended by Government and Industry on May 24, 2023, in Ogden, Utah.

The Ask Me Anything (AMA) event for this Accelerator is Jan. 10, 2023, at 2 p.m. MT. To register for the AMA, learn more information, and to apply, visit https://catalystaccelerator.space/ogden-digital-model-certification/

About Catalyst Accelerator Ogden

The Catalyst Accelerator Ogden is hosted by Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (CCTI, a Colorado 501(c)(3) in partnership with the DTO to provide a robust, mentor-driven curriculum for Accelerator companies. It is fully funded by the USAF and supported by EDA Grant funding. It does not take equity in cohort companies. 


The program is enriched through sponsorships and is currently sponsored by Weber State University and Field Aerospace. Interested in sponsoring? Contact OgdenAccelerator@catalystcampus.org to discuss sponsorship benefits and opportunities.

Contact Information:
Amanda McCrea
Program Manager, Catalyst Accelerator Ogden

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2023 Spring CCTI Ogden Prospectus.pdf

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