Airbus BizLab has selected the first five start-ups to support through a six month mentoring and acceleration programme, to speed up the process to transform the ideas into credible businesses.
Airbus BizLAb, launched its first call for projects in May 2015 and received a total of 150 applications worldwide. A pre-selection process short-listed 15 start-ups that were invited to pitch in front of an Airbus BizLab jury in July, 2015. Of these, five were selected to be integrated within BizLab from the 7th of September. The five start-ups selected are:
Airbus will offer to these “early-stage” projects a comprehensive support through a six-month acceleration programme. The five selected start-ups will interact with a large number of Airbus experts from various domains (technology, legal, finance, marketing, etc.) and will benefit of a dedicated mentor. They will have office space at Airbus and have access to prototyping and test facilities. A dedicated demo day with Airbus decision makers, partners, subsidiaries, customers, and venture capital will also be offered.
“We are very satisfied with the success of this first call for projects. The quality of the projects has made the selection process tougher than expected, which is good news,” said Bruno Gutierres, Head of BizLab. “The challenging phase of transforming ideas into reality begins and we can’t really wait”.
Source: Airbus, an EADS N.V. company (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Aug 3, 2015