Aerospace is a critical part of the US economy, supporting effective national security and inspiring global cooperation as humanity explores the frontier of the cosmos. Colorado is a national leader with the highest amount of aerospace jobs per capita of any US state. In a state full of champions, three finalists stood out.

AeroSpace Ventures

AeroSpace Ventures (ASV) brings together researchers, students, industry leaders, government partners, and entrepreneurs to envision and create the future for space and Earth systems, driving discovery and innovation that will shape the 21st century economy.

Check out the Connect & Collaborate interview here.

Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace develops world-class instruments, spacecraft, tactical hardware, data exploitation solutions, and other ground-breaking technologies for the civil, commercial, and aerospace and defense markets.

With unparalleled technical expertise, scientific knowledge, and program heritage dating back more than 60 years, Ball is a Champion in Industry, both in Colorado and beyond.

Bye Aerospace

George Bye and Diane Simard are at the cutting edge of brining the first electric (solar powered) commercial trainers and airplanes to market. This globally accepted technology resulted in the Sun Flyer, and continuing development on a commercial version of a solar powered passenger plane.

Catalyst Accelerator - WINNER

Catalyst Campus is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, workforce training, entrepreneurs, startups, and venture capital intersect with Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry to create community, spark innovation, and stimulate business growth.

The Accelerator program has opened the door for local companies to conduct business with the Air Force or other private entities to understand market needs, customer discovery processes, and provide sustainable products in the aerospace market.

Check out the Connect & Collaborate interview here.