IAG Cargo selects finalists for Hangar 51 start-up programme

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British Airways and Iberia aircraft at Heathrow Airport

IAG Cargo has announced the finalists for this year’s Hangar 51 start-up programme, with the final three offering voice communication, analytics and video footage of ramp operations.

Hangar 51 is a global innovation programme led by International Airlines Group (IAG) in collaboration with IAG Cargo, British Airways and Avios.

Shortlisted start-ups presented their products and services before a judging panel at a pitch day in London, and the programme received over 400 applications from 40 countries, with the selected 28 finalists presenting their proposals for a chance to take part.

The three finalists selected to work with IAG Cargo are Mobilus Labs, who offer a wearable voice communications platform enabling teams to connect from various environments; Emu Analytics offering real-time analytics and data monetisation to help track cargo and baggage containers; and Assaia, a Swiss start-up feeding airport ramp video footage into the airlines’ networks to set up more efficient aircraft turnarounds.

The finalists will embed themselves in the heart of IAG Cargo operations, working side-by-side with mentors and experts in London to give them access to the necessary resources to develop, shape and test their products.

IAG Cargo chief executive officer, Lynne Embleton says: “Through Hangar 51, IAG Cargo is excited to offer start-ups a chance to test and develop their products working out of our offices, and to have the opportunity to grow on a global scale.

“We are looking forward to working alongside Mobilus Labs, Emu Analytics and Assaia over the next 10 weeks to unlock opportunities and enhance our customer experience.”

The Hangar 51 acceleration programme will culminate in a Demonstration Day held in London on 14 December where candidates will showcase their achievements before an audience of senior management members and investors.

This will give them the opportunity to receive investment from IAG’s digital fund to scale their business.