New Shannon Incubator For Aviation And Travel Startups

21 Jun 2017 | 09.28 am

New Shannon Incubator For Aviation And Travel Startups

Organising partners include Boeing, Datalex, DCU and Shannon Group

21 Jun 2017 | 09.28 am

A new incubator for startups in the aviation and travel tech sectors is on the way for Ireland, following a multi-party partnership announced at the Paris Air Show this week.

Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) and DCU Ryan Academy are teaming up with Boeing and Datalex for the ‘Propeller Shannon’ partnership, which will be formally launched in the coming weeks. The partnership will assist new startup aviation and travel tech companies at Shannon.

Patrick Edmond, managing director of the IASC, said that having an incubator for startups would strengthen the aerospace ecosystem at Shannon. “Given Shannon’s remarkable heritage and the human capital we have in aerospace, this new startup hub is a natural step for us,” he added.

“Over the years, Shannon has been home to innovations such as the world’s first Duty Free and the first Free Zone, as well as GPA, who pioneered the aircraft leasing industry.”

Steve Nordlund, leader of Boeing’s venture capital division, Boeing HorizonX, commented: “We are thrilled to be part of a partnership that will draw out the best of Irish aerospace technology innovation and help new companies carve a path to success.”

Clyde Hutchinson, Propeller Programme lead, DCU Ryan Academy, added: “This is a unique opportunity to build the next generation of Irish aviation success stories at Shannon and to lay the foundations for a strong Irish aerospace sector in the decades to come.”

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