We received over 450 applications for Hangar 51, IAG’s very first accelerator programme. From those 450 we invited just 26 startups to pitch their ideas to Willie Walsh, our category sponsors and over 200 guest advisors. From these very exciting and diverse pitches, we now have our Hangar 51 startup finalists. Four teams who we believe can help us make a difference to the aviation industry through their innovative solutions.

So, what’s next? Now the fun begins. The startups will spend ten weeks at our London HQ, being fully immersed into the experience. Being one of the largest airline groups in the world has its benefits; the teams will have the ability to trial their products globally and receive first-class mentorship from both our senior management team, and external experts.

Meet the teams:

Team: Esplorio

Category: Data Driven Decisions

Esplorio was born out of a frustration towards the lack of easy-to-use travel tracking tools. The Esplorio app is a simple way to record and share travels, ensuring that travellers never forget their amazing experiences and adventures. With experience in computer science, marketing and engineering, each team member brings something different to the board.

Team: Resolver

Category: Digitising Business Processes

Resolver is an independent online resolution service helping consumers to raise issues and helping businesses to be more effective at resolving them. Resolver already powers all parking ticket appeals in England & Wales and the team comprises of industry experts with extensive knowledge in building digital products and engaging customer.

Team: Vchain Tech

Category: Wildcard

Currently, decisions driven by sensitive data depend on either unreliable or fragmented data sources. Vchain Tech uses blockchain technology to build patent-pending Digital Identity SaaS to help airlines share data safely and securely when passengers take connecting flights. Vchain benefits from a team of serial entrepreneurs, whom have over 15 years’ experience scaling startup businesses.   

Team: Warwick Analytics

Category: Data Driven Decisions

Warwick Analytics produce automated predictive analytics software. Developed over a decade of academic research, the technology is designed to predict and prevent issues in manufacturing from even heterogeneous data. The team are all experienced serial entrepreneurs specialising in data science.