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The Future 
of Air Mobility
Accelerator 2022

The Future of Air Mobility Accelerator (FoAM) is seeking innovative solutions 
to join a challenge-led, 6-month aviation accelerator programme powered by 
Connected Places Catapult. 

Applications Close: 11th September


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Register for the application support webinar on 23rd August, 15:30 to 17:00, here

The webinar will cover the journey of the programme to date, presentations from partners and information on the challenges that have been set, alongside supporting information on the overall programme vision and guidance on the application process.

About the Programme

The Future of Air Mobility accelerator (FoAM) is a challenge-led, 6-month accelerator programme powered by Connected Places Catapult and in partnership with the Future Flight Challenge from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The Catapult will select up to 12 SMEs to join the programme where they will receive support from a consortium of industry, government, academic and regulatory partners on the trial and testing of disruptive innovations. Through a focus on new and emerging challenges within the aviation ecosystem, FoAM will work alongside a consortium of partners to ensure that the programme tackles significant sector challenges and de-risks innovation in the marketplace. 

Alongside the trialling of their solutions, the SMEs will be guided through a bespoke programme tailored to their requirements, including investment readiness, technology and product development support, alongside introductions to aviation stakeholders and potential customers. These activities will be co-designed with the cohort of SMEs to support them in growing their businesses and adapting their propositions to the partners’ requirements. 

The SMEs will have the opportunity to access funding through the accelerator programme, which will be used for the testing and trailing of live demonstrations. However, funding is not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a project-by-project basis by the programme.



Benefits

Funding Opportunities

The opportunity to access up to £30K in funding from UKRI  for the testing and trialling of live demonstrations

Coaching and Mentoring

Including pitch coaching, business support and VC support

Business Development

Business development opportunities and introduction to potential customers

Technical Support

Technical support and access to technical experts

Investment Support

Tailored investment readiness programme, with support from investment coaches

Growth Focus

6 months of tailored business support

Solution Showcase

Demonstration Day to investors, industry and potential customers

Am I eligible for this programme?

  • You must be an SME.
  • You must  have or are willing  to register a UK company address.*
  • Your technology must be at TRL 6 or higher.
  • You must  be able to address one or more of the sub-challenge statements with your technology.

*This is a requirement in order to unlock trial funding

Accelerator Challenges

Challenge 1
Future Airport & Vertiport Operations

  • Improving accessibility for passengers who need more assistance in the infrastructure supporting current and future aviation
  • Operational integration of eVTOLs alongside existing aircraft at airports
  • Improving throughput of security processing in vertiports and airports
  • Optimising for latest time of arrival for vertiport customers
  • Integrating vertiport infrastructure into urban environments
  • Enabling infrastructure for autonomous ground vehicles in airports / vertiports

Challenge 2 
Aviation Sustainability

  • Scaling green hydrogen, green (electric) power and energy storage
  • Electrical demand modelling for vertiports
  • Modelling end of life use cases for aircraft batteries
  • Growing aviation’s circular economy – for example, recycling batteries / carbon fibre / composites
  • Measuring non-CO2 emissions and their impact
  • Reducing negative impact of aviation, including non-CO2 emissions, perceived noise and social acceptance

Challenge 3
Future Air & Space Traffic Management

  • Integrating UAS into existing airport traffic management
  • Enabling infrastructure required for safe UTM in urban environments
  • Airspace design & modelling for Advanced Air Mobility to help define what the airspace of the future and its management looks like
  • Cybersecurity standards in autonomous and unmanned air systems

Challenge 4
Enabling End-to-End Mobility

  • Multimodality - creating an integrated transport system with aviation at its core
  • First and last mile logistics for air cargo, staff and passengers
  • Economic and societal impact of UK wide regional and sub-regional air connectivity for people and freight, including any wider implications
  • Modelling the knock-on effect for ground transport systems alongside airspace management to find an optimal air network

Industry Partners

Government  Partners

Academic Partners

Previous Successes

In 2021, Connected Places Catapult and the UKRI Future Flight Challenge launched the first Future of Air Mobility Accelerator, embarking on a journey to select and fund 11 SMEs to trial and test their solutions in areas of data driven aviation, smart airports and advanced air mobility.

The programme demonstrated not only the art of the possible for new aviation technologies, but how, by collaborating across the industry, we can test, validate and accelerate these technologies to market successfully. The funded trials, together with the mentorship provided, supported the cohort in raising over £5.5 million in investment, securing over £6 million in grant funding, gaining new commercial clients and creating over 65 new jobs. Connected Places Catapult and UKRI are excited to run the accelerator for a second year.

"The Future Flight Challenge is actively looking to push the boundaries of aviation technology and encourage new players into the market. We are delighted to be working with Connected Places Catapult to deliver this accelerator programme, providing SMEs a great opportunity to trial and test their disruptive innovations"

Simon Masters, Deputy Director, UKRI Future Flight Challenge

Key Dates

23rd August

Application Support Webinar

11th September

Applications Close 

12th September

Evaluation Week

29th & 30th September

Technical Due Diligence Interviews

3rd & 4th October

Final Interviews

10th October

Cohort Selection

24th October

Welcome Week 

27th April

Demo Day

 
 

Accelerator Goals

  • Bespoke business support up to 12 disruptive SMEs
  • Support SMEs to secure investment and produce investment strategies
  • Focus on facilitating discussions that lead to commercial contracts, both UK and international
  • Support collaborative R&D, where appropriate/applicable
  • Agile sprints and technical focused sessions to develop technologies and meet challenge requirements
  • Support the implementation of potential trials with programme partners
  • Support development of full-time employees

Programme Team

If you have any question about the programme, please reach out to the team below:

Natasha Giroux

Accelerator Programme Manager
Connected Places Catapult

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