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BA parent IAG inducts 10 start-ups in 2018 Hangar 51 accelerator

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BA parent IAG inducts 10 start-ups in 2018 Hangar 51 accelerator

BA parent International Airlines Group (IAG) has chosen 10 finalists to join its third Hangar 51 global accelerator.

The 2018 programme is run in collaboration with the operator’s brand British Airways, Avios and IAG Cargo.

IAG selected 28 start-ups from more than 400 applications from 40 countries to present their products and services to a judging panel at a pitch day earlier this month.

The start-ups relocate to IAG’s London headquarters for the 10 weeks programme during which time they will be working with mentors and experts from across the group.

The accelerator was established to give entrepreneurs a real taste of corporate life with access to resources to develop to shape and test their products.

Dupsy Abiola, IAG head of global innovation, said: “We are very excited to collaborate with this year’s start-ups and harness their potential to transform the future of travel.
“Hangar 51 enables start-ups to accelerate their business growth through mentorship and access to one of the world’s largest airline groups.

“It’s a fertile ground for start-ups because they can be eyeball-to-eyeball with us and IAG has the opportunity to explore new applications in areas of emerging technology and user experience.”

The Hangar 51 finalists

30K is a US start-up which provides an application programming interface (API) that populates flight search results detailing the fare’s mileage earning and frequent flyer benefits.

Assaia is a Swiss start-up which feeds airport ramp video footage into the airlines’ networks to set up more efficient aircraft turnarounds.

Biobeat is an Israeli start-up which has developed a wearable medical monitoring device suitable for cabin crew, pilots and travellers.

Emu Analytics creates real-time analytics and data to track cargo and baggage containers.

LuckyTrip has created an app which uses artificial intelligence (AI) for travellers to find unique trips with one tap. Users set their budget, tap the “Lucky” button and instantly see a trip to hundreds of destinations in Europe.

Mobilus Labs offers a wearable voice communications platform which enables teams to connect from various environments.

SATAVIA provides airlines with decision intelligence to make aviation smarter. The cloud-based platform uses a combination of satellite earth observation data, numerical weather prediction and aircraft tracking to optimise maintenance and flight operations.

Signol develops software which focuses on fuel efficiency by analysing operational data and provides feedback to pilots to help reduce CO2 emissions.

Skylights has developed a Virtual Reality (VR) headset that offers a true movie theatre experience, enabling passengers to watch in-flight entertainment in 2D, 3D and 180°.

Soter Analytics specialises in wearable health devices for airport ramp operations staff to prevent physical injuries in workplaces.

The Hangar 51 accelerator programme starts this week and demo day will be held in London on December 14, 2018.

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