Starburst, a global aviation and space accelerator, unveiled the launch of its second cohort of the Singapore Aviation Accelerator Programme. Launched in January 2021, the Singapore Aviation Accelerator Programme is a joint partnership with Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Airlines, SATS, and AIRLab (a joint research lab between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Thales) that fosters innovation and disruption in the air transport industry through the facilitation of corporate partnerships with global and Asia-based startups.
Its second cohort will focus on sustainability and green aviation, digitalisation and automation, air cargo, and logistics and supply chain. Singapore Airlines, SIA Engineering Company, SATS, and AIRLab will continue to support the program as corporate partners, together with the program’s community partners, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and Microsoft. Starburst has also named Greenwillow as a new community partner.
“We are extremely proud of the cutting-edge innovation conceived by our inaugural cohort of startups and look forward to seeing what this second cohort has in store,” said Francois Chopard, CEO and Founder of Starburst. “There are so many exciting startups doing incredible things. From ground-breaking technology to forward-thinking solutions, we’re proud to engage these companies and continue to make waves in the aviation industry through this collaboration.”
“We are excited to continue supporting this programme, and working with innovative start-ups. This is very much aligned with our practice of leveraging open innovation ecosystem to solve business challenges, and strengthening Singapore as a leading digital aviation hub,” said George Wang, Singapore Airlines.
“As one of the pioneer batch of mentors in the programme, we benefited from the experience brought about by working with the startups. We are looking forward to working with more startups in the second cohort on the use cases and Open APIs we have in the AIR Lab,” said Herve Moalic, AIR Lab Director.
Running from February 2022 to May 2022, the selected startups will go through a 13-week intensive programme comprising lectures, workshops, special events, and mentorship. These activities aim to strengthen the capabilities of startups in aviation through connecting them to Enterprise Singapore’s and Starburst’s global network of experts and leaders in the industry, who will work with them to mature their technology, raise capital, and push products into the market locally, regionally and globally.
In leveraging Starburst’s global influence as an innovation pioneer in the aviation and aerospace industry and Singapore’s connectivity as the aviation hub of the Asia-Pacific, this program will drive the country’s next generation of innovation solutions in air transport, deepen the talent pool of aviation and technology professionals, while accelerating overall startup ecosystem development.