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Toulouse, France | November 12, 2018– Airbus has selected twenty-four new startups to join its BizLab for the launch of the fourth accelerator programme, providing a platform to develop previously untapped technologies and ways of working in the aerospace sector.

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. Since starting in 2015, Airbus BizLab has accelerated 50 startups and 40 internal projects, which have raised a combined € 19.5 million.

This year, Airbus BizLab also challenged startups to propose technical solutions contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that Airbus is committed to.

With the opening earlier this year of Airbus BizLab’s fourth site in Madrid (Spain) – afterToulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Bangalore (India) – the selected firms will join a unique consolidated global network within the four sites. During the six-month acceleration programme, the 24 startups will receive support from an international team of experts from various fields and have access to dedicated coaching staff, networking opportunities and co-working spaces. Hailing from ten countries around the world, the new startups were selected out of 495 applications from 64 countries. One of the main criteria used in the selection process were the synergies between the startup projects and Airbus’ innovation strategy.

Many fledgling aerospace businesses struggle today to turn innovative ideas and technologies into commercial reality, others face difficulties accessing customers or endure long certification processes. This significantly slows the pace of innovation. To overcome these hurdles, Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept that helps startups better navigate the challenges of working with large firms.

Airbus BizLab already counts several success stories:

  • Toulouse-based startup UWINLOC offers the world’s first connected battery-less indoor location solution designed for large volume tracking of assets in the manufacturing and logistics industries. UWINLOC raised € 4.5 Million in a Series A funding round led by ELAIA Partners to expand its operations in the United States and China.
  • Neewee and EFLIGHT, both Bangalore BizLab alumni, signed contracts with Airbus.Neewee uses advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to improve manufacturing supply chain and procurement operations, while EFLIGHT has developed a solution that optimizes jet pilot response to flight conditions.

 

The 24 startups selected in the four BizLab campuses are as follows:

Toulouse campus:

  • AVE (France): Develops chimaera polymers by using molecular grafting technology.
  • Caddie Engineering (Bulgaria): New water-based air filtering technology for all biochemical and mechanical pollutants.
  • H24E (United Kingdom): Ultra-short pulse laser that splits water into hydrogen more efficiently than electrolysis.
  • Modularity Grid (United Kingdom): Digital platform that enables mini-grid operators to deliver affordable and reliable electricity in low income communities.
  • Reynolds (Russia): Advanced gas turbine generators for UAV and eVTOL markets.
  • Indiego (United States): Bridging the gap between human mobility constraints and existing transport infrastructure.

Hamburg campus:

  • Sensifai (Germany): Automatic video semantics recognition for large-scale

multimedia management.

  • Flugilo (Germany): Parking assistance system designed to reduce the risk and cost associated with aircraft ground operations.
  • TG0 (United Kingdom): Using a single material to sense human touch and build 3D control systems without any electronic sensors.
  • Dino Robotics (Germany): 3D-guided applications for improved robotic bin picking accuracy.
  • Humanising Autonomy (United Kingdom): Culture and context specific platform for improved autonomous vehicle decision-making.
  • Boni Global (Turkey): Adaptive navigation technology for the visually impaired.

Bangalore campus:

  • Flutura (India): Data solutions for process deviations and unplanned downtime for heavy machinery.
  • Trapyz (India): Audience insights platform for mapping real world customer journeys.
  • Gnani (India): Custom AI models for enterprise applications, with a focus on speech recognition and NLP.
  • Hey Flyer (UAE): Platform that consolidates airport information for travellers.
  • Scapic (India): AR/VR platform for customer experience.
  • Agnikul (India): Designs, builds, tests and launches orbital launch systems.
  • Traxof (India): Custom NLP solution for improved human-computer interaction.

Madrid campus:

  • Daisho (United States): Secured and centralized management of IoT, mobile, and cloud computing applications.
  • Urban Data Eye (Spain): Health diagnostics of public spaces to address issues related to their safety, congestion and accidents.
  • RECOGNAI (Spain): AI-enhanced analytics solution for large text data sets and structured data.
  • BotsLovers (Spain): AI and NLP-powered bots that improve sales, brand loyalty and customer service.
  • Unblur (Spain): Intelligent platform allowing easy communication and information-sharing among emergency first responders.

France | April 22, 2016– Innovative start-ups with disruptive ideas are invited to apply.
After its first successful year since launch in March 2015, Airbus BizLab in Toulouse is inviting talented and inventive start-ups to apply for its second call for projects.

Over the past year, Airbus BizLab has hosted 15 start-ups and 27 Airbus internal projects on its six month acceleration programme. During the same period, Airbus BizLab has extended its international presences to three locations – Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Bangalore (India) – supporting the Airbus strategy to create a global network of business accelerators.

“The BizLab has been attracting innovative start-ups from all over the world. We are extremely proud that four of these start-ups, accelerated in the BizLabs of Toulouse and Hamburg, have just succeeded in obtaining substantial funding from global investors,” said Bruno Gutierres, Head of Airbus BizLab. “This demonstrates the business value and quality of the projects we have been supporting. We excited to be launching the second call for projects in Toulouse and look forward to seeing some disruptive ideas”.

Airbus BizLab Toulouse will open its doors to early-stage start-ups with the most innovative concepts that can be applied to the aeronautical sector. Project proposals can be submitted now until May 22nd 2016 via the F6S platform*, https://www.f6s.com/airbusbizlabtoulouseseason2/apply. After the selection process, Airbus will offer the selected early-stage projects wide-ranging support in the form of a six-month acceleration programme.

In addition, in 2016, the start-ups will continue to have support from Airbus BizLab beyond the six-month period thanks to the “Post-acceleration service”.

The selected project candidates will have access to a large number of Airbus coaches, experts and mentors in various domains (technology, legal, finance, marketing, etc.); free office space, a dedicated mentor; learn and act sessions; access to prototyping and test facilities, and a demo day with Airbus decision makers, partners, subsidiaries, customers, and venture capital.

The projects will include the development of a product, a service or an application related to augmented reality, as well as robotics, internet of things, passenger experience, digital factory and financial technology.

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where start-ups and Airbus “intrapreneurs” (internal entrepreneurs) can work together to speed up transforming their innovative ideas into valuable businesses.

*F6S is a global network for founders and start-up programs from all over the world, with thousands of start-up organisations registered.