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What is the Future of Air Mobility accelerator?
Future of Air Mobility (FAM) accelerator is a new to market, challenge-led 6 month mobility accelerator programme powered by Connected Places Catapult.
In partnership with the Future Flight Challenge from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the accelerator will be selecting 12 SMEs to join a 6-month programme, where they will receive support from a consortium of industry, academic and regulatory partners on the trial and testing of disruptive innovations.
Connected Places Catapult is delivering the programme in partnership with Plus X who will support the SMEs through a bespoke programme roadmap 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 SMEs in order to grow their businesses and adapt propositions to programme partner requirements.
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 partners.
"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
Am I eligible for this programme?
- You must be an SME
- You must have or look to register a UK company address*
- Preferably an innovative digital or data solution at TRL 6 - 8
- You must be able to address the challenge statements with your technology
*This is a requirement in order to unlock trial funding
What's on offer to SMEs
Coaching and Mentoring
Including pitch coaching, business support and VC support
Demonstration Day to investors, industry and potential customers
Tailored investment readiness programme, with support from investment coaches
5 months tailored business support
including CR&D and grant opportunities
Technical support and sprints and access to technical experts
Access to office space across our partner network
Business development opportunities and introduction to potential customers
- Bespoke business support 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 FTEs
click below on the challenge areas for more details
Data Driven Aviation
We're looking at how we can better capture and utilise data to increase operational and commercial efficiency within the aviation industry. Whether this is with the collection on-aircraft, airside operations or customer data, we would like to see how data gathered can enhance decision-making.
We're looking at how we can integrate the next generation of autonomous solutions into airport management and security operations, alongside exploring disruptive technologies that will support the aviation industry in reaching NetZero targets.
Advanced Air Mobility
We're looking at how we can accelerate the development of Advanced Air Mobility by exploring the systems, infrastructure technologies and modelling and simulation tools required for commercialisation