AIRBUS BizLab launches Aerospace Business Accelerator Challenge in East Africa

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Airbus BizLab (working in collaboration with Novato Africa) has launched the #Africa4Future initiative, targeting East African startups that are innovating for the future applicable to the aerospace business. The Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator bringing together start-ups and Airbus’ own entrepreneurs to transform innovative ideas into valuable businesses more quickly by combining scale and agility.

As competition in the aerospace industry intensifies, Airbus aims to accelerate the pace at which it can commercialize innovative ideas drawn from within Airbus, from its customers as well as other external partners. Airbus BizLab is important in supporting this strategy. The Airbus BizLab creates a network of Business Accelerators to provide support to startups and turn these ideas and technologies into commercial reality. It enhances Airbus’s access to the newest ideas, technologies and ways of working in the aerospace sector and beyond.

“We are excited to finally bring this programme to East Africa. We have been impressed by some of the innovations coming out of hubs such as Gearbox, Outbox, mLab, C4D Lab among other hubs and university research labs within the region. We are looking forward to receiving inspiring ideas and concepts from Nairobi in the coming weeks,” said Bruno Gutierres, Head of the Airbus BizLabs.

Through programmes such as the #Africa4Future, Airbus provides early-stage projects with wide-ranging support, in the form of a six-month “accelerator programme” that gives startups access to a large number of coaches, experts and mentors in various domains: technology, legal, finance, marketing & communication; easing prototyping and market access.

Airbus BizLab searches for startups that shape the future of a growing society, support sustainable development and empower mobility through aerospace technologies (AEROmobility) which traverses the following areas; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs), Satellite Operations and Imagery, 3D Printing, Smart sensors, Internet of Things (IOT), smart energy and Artificial Intelligence.

“Any startup in East Africa with any of the solutions or ideas that are in line with the Airbus Vision on AEROmobility should visit www.novatoafrica.com/africa4future and submit their application on or before the 6th September 2017 to get a chance of being shortlisted for the final pitch event,” Bruno further added.

The Airbus BizLab welcomes applications for acceleration programmes from entrepreneurs, and start-up businesses from the region. A screening committee, which includes local representatives, and the Head of the Airbus BizLabs, Bruno Gutierres, shortlists and selects the most promising ideas or products.

The winning startup, selected from the final pitch event that will be held on the 26th of September 2017 in Nairobi, will win a fully-paid 10-day-trip to Europe in Oct/Nov 2017 and get the chance to meet and interact with aerospace experts and boost your startup. They will be able to work on solutions and, if the project advances well enough, partner with Airbus BizLab to see it to product stage.

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ABOUT AIRBUS BizLab
Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. Airbus BizLab offers to early-stage selected projects wide-ranging support in the form of a 6 month acceleration program. Startups have access to a large number of Airbus coaches, experts and mentors in various domains, free hosting, and a Demo Day with Airbus decision makers, venture capitalists, Airbus customers and partners. The first Airbus BizLab was first opened on 9th of March 2015 in Toulouse, France. The next centre will open in Hamburg, Germany followed by India and other countries, creating a global network of Airbus BizLabs across the globe. More details at www.airbus-bizlab.com

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