IAG’s Hangar 51 programme returns for a third time

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British Airways and Iberia aircraft at Heathrow Airport

IAG Cargo is seeking applications for the IAG Hangar 51 global innovation programme, inviting start-ups to join the industry-leading accelerator programme to transform the aviation industry.

The Hanger 51 programme offers disruptive companies 10 weeks of co-working alongside IAG, and IAG Cargo is seeking applications with ideas or products to optimise cargo operations.

Ideas could include shipping analytics, asset tracking, measurement and monitoring tools, smarter operations such as big data analytics or robotic processes, and new products or wildcard disruptive ideas that have the potential to reshape the industry.

Applicants will receive personalised mentoring and access to a vast network of industry contacts and experts from across the Group, and successful applicants will showcase their achievements at a Demo Day before an audience of senior management members and investors.

IAG Cargo chief executive officer, Lynne Embleton says: “There is huge scope for digital to enhance and transform the airfreight industry. Through Hangar 51, IAG Cargo is excited to offer start-ups a chance to embed themselves in our business, to test and develop their products and have the opportunity to grow on a global scale. We are looking forward to working alongside the next generation of logistics and technology companies to unlock opportunities and enhance our customer experience.”

Applicants have until midnight BST on 5 August to submit ideas, and candidates will be invited to pitch their ideas to IAG’s senior leadership team and over 100 representatives from the business on 6 September.

Start-ups can submit their applications at www.hangar51.com

The programme starts on 24 September with the setting of key objectives to work towards over the intensive 10 week collaborative programme.

It will conclude with a final demo day on 14 December, designed to showcase what start-ups have achieved over the 10 weeks and to hear their proposal for future engagement with IAG.