In October, six startups in Hamburg and six other startups in Toulouse started the third season of the Airbus BizLab.
On-boarded in Hamburg campus:
- Artisense (Palo Alto, USA): Intelligent sensors for live mapping and computer vision. The data collected feed a new 3D map which enables autonomous navigation.
- Alula (Miami, USA) enables the real-time transmission of flight and maintenance data during the flight thanks to a ground-based crowdsourced network of antennas.
- Aerial Industries (Nigeria) works with high-performance drones which can operate crops spraying in emerging countries.
- Holo One (Switzerland): Augmented Reality platform that allows companies to map their data and processes them in AR. This includes a video sharing mode where experts and employees can cooperate live while doing their tasks.
- Neuron SW (Czech Republic): With the help of audio sensors defects in machines are predicted and maintenance times reduced preventing failure.
- SkyBuys (Australia) is an online-to-offline Mobile Commerce app and platform which enhances the duty-free shopping experience for passengers, airlines, concessionaires and brands.
Welcomed in Toulouse campus:
- bizpay (UK) enables consumers to buy airline tickets with instalments. bizpay's software helps airlines increase profitability and market share.
- BroatBit Batteries (Finland): Novel low cost sodium battery with better performance, scalability, safety & environmental friendliness compared to Lithium-ion.
- Iridium Dynamics (Australia) has developed the 'Halo' VTOL UAS: a platform adding extended hover capability to fixed-wing missions.
SAFETYN (France) develops life preservation systems and intelligent assistance solutions for Pilots, unifying Human Factor, Common Sense and Technologies.
VRnam (Vietnam) A real-time VR application in which trainees can learn/drill flows and procedures until perfection in an immersive 3D cockpit.
"We were really amazed at the sheer quantity of applications," explained Head Of Airbus BizLab Bruno Gutierres. "This year we received applications from around the world, and were in touch with over 2,000 interested contacts." The selected firms hail from nine different nations – from Vietnam to Nigeria – and cover a broad range of topics, from big data to drones and robotics. The diversity of this season's cohort was no accident: "This time around we specifically sought out startups that aren't directly involved in the aerospace industry, yet who are developing ideas that hold great potential for our industry," noted Gutierres.
New this season: Along with startups from the aerospace industry, for the very first time candidates with a humanitarian approach could also apply as part of the "Humanitarian Challenge". Andrea Debbane, Executive Director der Airbus Foundation, explained that, "We were especially impressed with the innovative approaches taken by these companies. They all strive not only for financial success, but also want to make a positive impact in their societies and on a humanitarian level as well."