We have kicked off the Call for Catalysts for projects to showcase at DTW24 - Ignite, 18-20 June in Copenhagen. We invite prospective teams to submit their Catalyst proposal by 8 December 2023. Each Catalyst proposal submission is to be backed by a minimum of 3 unique companies, including at least 1 Champion. There is no commitment or fee to submit. Catalyst submissions will be reviewed and approved to continue for Matchmaking. Please refer to the detailed process outlined below. We encourage interested teams to download the template and collectively build your project proposal. Please submit the final version online via the "Submit a proposal" button below.
Even after the Call for Catalyst submission closes on 8 December 2023, companies can still join the Catalyst projects that have progressed to Matchmaking status and be part of the Catalyst program showcasing at DTW24 - Ignite in Copenhagen (18-20 June 2024). The last date for companies to join viable Catalysts is 8 March 2024.
Organizations and individuals joining a Catalyst commit to the collaborative nature of the teams where all members have a say in the direction and execution of project work. Organizations also agree to the rules of engagement where anyone working on the project is officially a contracted member of the Catalyst.
Catalyst projects bring together different types of member organizations, from large to small, old to new. On a Catalyst project team, all members are treated equally and have equal say. Everyone should be involved in the strategy, development and decisions made by the team.
The actual commitment required from a team member in a specific project varies and is unique to each project. Commitment is agreed upon by the project members and is documented in a Catalyst project charter. Depending whether your organization takes the role of a Champion or Participant there are specific responsibilities for each role.
In addition to fulfilling technical duties (definition, design, implementation and testing), team members are expected to be involved in the team marketing and showcase efforts and may be asked to support one of the key project roles (see Project Roles section below).
All team members must:
TM Forum uses Catalyst Master Service Agreements (MSA) and Statement of Work (SOWs) for the Catalyst Contracts process, streamlining the legal process for our members to join Catalyst projects.
Master Service Agreement (MSA)
Statement of Work (SOWs)
Benefits of joining a Catalyst project include:
Organizations can have two distinct roles within a Catalyst:
Champion (CSP/vertical industry)
Participants (solution providers)
16th October 2023 - DTW24 Call for Catalyst opens and Matchmaking/team building begins
8th December 2023 - DTW24 Call for Catalyst closes
16th February 2024- Catalyst project to become viable / confirm a minimum of 2 Champion & 3 paying Participant companies
8th March 2024 - Final date for companies to join project teams
29th March 2024 - Catalyst contracts (SOWs) signed
Keep up-to-date on the latest co-created thought leadership and innovation from the collective power of our Catalyst teams. Follow the projects to explore their powerful use cases and solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges, all designed to create more efficient businesses and optimized end-user experiences.
Contracts and invoices are sent when a Catalyst project team confirms the minimum required number of Champions and Particpants.
Pricing is for Participants only: Reach out to your engagement manager for more details.
Phase 2+ Participant discount: Participants involved in the previous phase of a continuing Catalyst project receive a 25% discount off the participation fee for the current phase (applicable to TM Forum members only).
Champions do not pay a Catalyst fee but are expected to contribute time and effort towards defining the challenge, establishing the business requirements/use cases, giving feedback on solutions as they are developed, and promoting the solutions within their organizations and to the industry.
Non-members of TM Forum can join Catalysts but may be subject to a 2.5x surcharge. Please contact us for more details.
An individual or small group develops a new or continuing project idea and works on a draft proposal for submission. During this time Service Providers are vital for defining and/or validating the key industry challenges and business requirements. A submission template is available to help with this.
A formal Call for Catalyst will be announced for upcoming cycles. Submissions are received within an agreed timeframe and reviewed by TM Forum staff via an online form. During this time Service Provider involvement is vital for defining and or validating the key industry challenges and business requirements. Each submission must include interested contacts from a minimum of 3 organizations, including one CHAMPION to advance to the next stage for review. The deadline for proposal submissions to showcase at DTW24 - Ignite in Copenhagen is 8 December 2023. There is no fee to submit
Each Catalyst project proposal submission is reviewed by a TM Forum Subject Matter Expert to ensure all advancing Catalyst projects meet our standards of innovation and are in alignment with TM Forum goals. Submitters will receive feedback and have a chance to resubmit if desired in cases where your proposal is not approved for moving on to the Matchmaking phase of the Catalyst cycle.
During Matchmaking, Catalyst teams work to confirm the minimum required number of CHAMPIONS and paying PARTICIPANTS for the Catalyst project to become viable. A public-facing online Catalyst Space is created to help attract additional Champions and Participants to join the Catalyst project team. Catalyst teams can begin work on planning, designing, building and testing their solution.
Pending Activation status is reached when a Project team has CONFIRMED a minimum of 2 Champions and 3 paying Participants and contracts are ready to be issued. Additional marketing and support privileges become available at this stage
Active Catalyst projects are those where Contracts are returned from a minimum of 2 Champions and 3 paying Participants. Reaching ‘Active’ status means your project has met all the requirements to fully participant in that Catalyst cycle. A spot to showcase at the corresponding event is confirmed as well as all relevant marketing and operational support benefits. The results are demonstrated live during the relevant TM Forum event. The results are either published as standalone documentation or fed back to the appropriate collaborative teams for further development.