Qantas has announced the inaugural group of start-ups and scale-ups that have been selected to participate in the AVRO Accelerator programme. The programme was launched in March 2017 as part of Qantas’ efforts to identify start-ups and digital disruptors that can help it improve the passenger experience and business efficiency.
Designed in partnership with corporate accelerator Slingshot, AVRO gives entrepreneurs the chance to work with Qantas Group business units to develop, incubate and scale their businesses.
Six start-ups and six scale-ups (established businesses with proven teams and business models) have been selected from nearly 500 applications. This includes a mix of emerging and established businesses across travel tech, ad tech, fin tech, revenue management and data from Australia and the United States.
The start-ups that have been selected are Aeroster, Coverhero, easyshare, Landmarks ID, Leezair and Travelshoot. The six selected scale-ups are Birch, BoozeBud, LoanDolphin, Meeco, Pawshake and Volantio.
During the next several months, the selected start-ups and scale-ups will work with industry-leading mentors and technology partners, and will have unique access to the scale and global reach of Qantas Group’s brands and associated businesses.
Start-ups will accelerate their product development and customer traction, supported by a structured curriculum and mentorship programme. In parallel, scale-ups will work closely with relevant Group business units to streamline their path to potentially conduct a pilot, commercial and/or investment deal.