Airbus arm selects three Indian start-ups for mentoring

Bengaluru, March 17 (IANS) Aerospace major Airbus’ arm BizLab on Thursday announced selecting three Indian start-ups here for mentoring in projects they submitted for its six-month acceleration programme.

“The start-ups will interact with our experts in technology, legal, finance and marketing domains for mentoring,” the company said in a statement here.

The Indian start-ups are Blue Morfo, Shoonya Games and Open Turf, while a fourth start-up, also selected from 80 applicants in seven countries, is US-based Qualitas.

Blue Morfo is developing a mobile app to detect and prevent specific corporate health related issues, like exposure of airline crew to jetlag and cabin pressurisation, Shoonya has proposed interactive gaming solutions for training and marketing using virtual reality and 3D technologies embedded in a mobile device while Open Turf’s project is to provide wireless in-flight entertainment, using the passenger’s personal devices.

Qualitas offers automated quality inspection systems for manufacturing, specialising in 2D and 3D machine vision.

The Paris-based consortium also selected six European start-ups at Germany’s Hamburg from 100 applicants in 29 countries for the accelerator programme.

The European start-ups are Jetlite, Synergeticon and Teraki from Germany, ZinkCloud and Nebaqua from Spain and Velmenni from Estonia.

“The start-ups will be offered office space and access to prototyping and test facilities, besides a dedicated demo day with Airbus decision-makers, partners, subsidiaries, customers and venture capital,” said the statement.

BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where start-ups and Airbus ‘intrapreneurs’ (internal entrepreneurs) work jointly to transform their innovative ideas into valuable businesses, it said.

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