Aeroporti di Roma, a Corporate Partner of the FTE Digital, Innovation & Startup Hub, has launched ADR Ventures – a new initiative to finance the development of projects in areas with high innovation potential, operating from the Innovation Hub at Rome Fiumicino Airport.
The new company also aims to operate as an engine for the development of young entrepreneurship. It will support prospective startups, including management of investment processes, while accelerating their business growth and the commercialisation of their innovative solutions.
“The creation of ADR Ventures, an ad hoc Corporate Venture Capital company to finance innovative solutions in the travel sector, confirms the solidity of ADR’s Open Innovation strategy and our determination to play our part in ensuring the development of an advanced ecosystem for innovation in the sector,” said Marco Troncone, CEO, Aeroporti di Roma. “It follows the recent launch of the startup accelerator here in Fiumicino, whose first call for ideas yielded extremely positive results, precisely to engage high-potential start-ups, provide them with support and invest in the projects with the greatest potential. From now on, thanks to ADR Ventures, in addition to the support of expertise and contamination provided by the ‘immersion’ of start-ups in the airport, we will be able to provide them with financial support to further accelerate their growth.”
ADR Ventures will be an additional tool to help startups, which will have the opportunity to work on their projects directly from Aeroporti di Roma’s Innovation Hub, launched last October in Rome Fiumicino’s Terminal 1.
The new company’s objectives will also include managing investments in the capital of startups through due diligence, monitoring companies in which investments have been planned, and identifying potential target companies characterised by growth prospects and functional to the realisation of new services and solutions to build, together with Aeroporti di Roma, the airport of the future.
“With this new company, we offer further support to startups, investing in their ideas developed within the Fiumicino Innovation Hub not only in economic terms, but also in terms of know-how and skills, fostering the development and growth of new companies and entrepreneurs to accompany the digital transformation of Fiumicino and Ciampino airports,” said Emanuele Calà, Quality and Innovation Director, Aeroporti di Roma and Director, ADR Ventures.