International Airlines Group selects four start-ups for aviation accelerator

Chosen businesses include an app which records and shares travels and an online service which can help resolve airline travel issues

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International Airlines Group (IAG) has revealed the names of the four start-ups that will join its first ever accelerator programme Hangar 51 – launched in October 2016.

Run in partnership with L Marks, the companies will spend 10 weeks at IAG’s London headquarters, receiving mentoring from its senior management team and external mentors. They will also be able to trial their products globally.

The finalists for Hangar 51 are:

  • Esplorio – An app that enables travellers to record and share travels.
  • Resolver – An online resolution service to help consumers to raise issues and businesses to resolve them
  • VChain Tech – Blockchain technology that helps airlines share data safely when passenger take connecting flights with patent-pending ‘digital identity software’
  • Warwick Analytics – A team of expert data-scientists who develop automated predictive analytics software

Glenn Morgan, IAG’s head of digital transformation, said: “Our finalists offer IAG a wide range of disruptive opportunities that could create next generation travel experiences and transform the aviation industry. We look forward to welcoming them to IAG and working alongside them as we develop these ideas together.”

Stuart Marks, technology entrepreneur and chairman of L Marks, added: “The calibre of our finalist startups is very exciting, they all bring something unique to the programme while sharing a true disruptive nature.

“I’m eager to see each team evolve as they test their innovative solutions alongside one of the world’s largest airline groups.”

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