Aviation start-ups invited to pitch to experts


The World Aviation Festival, an aviation technology event, has confirmed the attendance of 130 start-up companies aiming to disrupt the aviation industry. The start-ups have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and innovations to an expert panel at the event, with the panel including Dee Waddell, global managing director for travel and transportation at IBM, Suzanna Chiu, head of Amadeus Ventures at Amadeus, Mia Jafari, hub and programmes manager at Intelak, Sjoerd Blüm, CIO at Schiphol Group, and Kim Hardaker, VP of loyalty & partnerships at Etihad.

The winners will receive a complimentary exhibition stand, a speaking position at the 2023 event, and of course the opportunity to convince influential figures from the industry that their idea is valuable.

Amongst the start-ups attending the event, taking place at the RAI in Amsterdam on 4-6 October 2022, is Fly with Lucy, the EU’s first all-electric airline. This airline is looking to disrupt the industry and is set to start operations in 2026, offering sustainable travel from door to door at a range of 100-700km.

Sustainability is a strong focus for many start-ups, including Climate Trade, a blockchain-based climate marketplace facilitating carbon offsetting and decentralised climate finance. On the Climate Trade platform, companies looking to offset their carbon footprint get direct access to climate-regenerative projects around the world. These projects have full control over the sale of their carbon credits, and all entities benefit from the transparency and traceability provided by blockchain technology.

More innovative technology comes from start-ups Beacon Ai, Keep Flying and Ariadne Maps. These companies will reveal a range of technology, ranging from an AI assistance aerospace platform to a digital financial twin platform.

More information about the event can be found at this link.

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