Supercharge your startup.

Meet Catalyst, the SoftLayer startup incubator. Catalyst is core to our mission to enable next generation technologies and empower the entrepreneurs that will bring them to market. We know it takes more than hard work and determination to transform ideas into an enterprise. You need tangible resources to start a company and equip it for success and growth. So Catalyst provides free infrastructure and support necessary for building your vision.

Free Infrastructure

Catalyst members get a credit for $1,000/month, good for bare metal servers, virtual servers, and any other SoftLayer services.


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Incubator Integration

We partner with incubators and accelerators around the world. When your startup joins one of our partner organizations, you automatically qualify for Catalyst.

Vision is mandatory.
Tattoos are optional.

Program Requirements

If your company is one of the following, it's eligible:

  • Startup or early-stage technology company with an Internet-dependent product or service
  • Member of incubator or accelerator program we partner with
  • Referral from a SoftLayer investor or advisor

Let’s get personal.

The Catalyst Team

No two startups are the same, so we refuse to take a cookie-cutter approach to supporting Catalyst companies. Every startup gets personalized attention and feedback from our team of startup veterans and technical experts.