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Fiumicino, 20 December 2022 - Aeroporti di Roma has launched the second "Call for Ideas" to select 8 new start-ups from all over the world that will have the opportunity to develop their projects directly from Adr's Innovation Hub, with the support of a new, essential tool: In this new round of the acceleration programme, not solely investments will raise up to 105,000 euro (including 50,000 euros in the capital of the selected start-ups) but – upon successful completion of the projects - start-ups can also count on potential business opportunities of up to 2 million euro.
For sixty days, until 16 February 2023, start-ups from all over the world will be able to propose ideas and projects to redefine the use of airport infrastructure by passengers, enhancing the improvement of the performance and quality of ADR's services offered to passengers and carriers, in the context of a path increasingly oriented towards Open Innovation.
The formula adopted follows that of the first edition - a great success with the participation of over 100 start-ups, mostly founded by 'under-30s' - with some
innovations. First and foremost, from an ESG perspective, the inclusion of incentive evaluation criteria for Diversity and Inclusion, taking into consideration both the measures adopted by start-ups with respect to issues such as gender equality and inclusion, and the results concretely achieved, such as the relevance of the female and youth component - under 40 - in terms of company participation.
The number of leading Italian and international partners supporting the Call 4 Ideas is also growing, including: Plug and Play Tech Center, the most important private investor in start-ups in Silicon Valley with more than 60,000 start-ups in its portfolio; Airports for Innovation, a network dedicated to innovation launched last year by Adr and AENA, which has now been joined by other international airports; major national and international business partners.
The acceleration period will last for a maximum of eight months, and the number of proposed fields of work has been extended to eight topics compared to the previous Call for Ideas:
- Predictive Maintainance, i.e., solutions that enable preventive maintenance through the use of innovative technologies;
- Enhance Terminal Processes, i.e., solutions that enable more efficient/effective processes;
- Improve Airside Operations, i.e., solutions that improve aircraft turnaround;
- Environmental Impact, i.e., solutions that aim to reduce environmental impact and energy consumption;
- Community & Sustainability, i.e., solutions that create value for the territory, local communities and the environment;
- Passenger Experience, i.e., solutions that increase the quality offered to our passengers not only at the airport but also before and after the flight;
- Commercial Opportunities, i.e., solutions aimed at increasing sales opportunities;
- Disruptive Solutions, a free area where any start-up can propose a solution without any thematic constraints
The new start-ups that will be selected will have the opportunity to work on their projects directly from Aeroporti di Roma's Innovation Hub, the first industrial accelerator in the heart of an airport in Europe, with unique characteristics and an international slant, inaugurated last October at Fiumicino's Terminal 1; an ecosystem of approximately six hundred and fifty square metres dedicated to creating new synergies, with the mission of generating value by identifying the startuppers of the future who will contribute to developing solutions capable of redefining industry paradigms.
This way, start-ups can develop their projects and prototypes directly in the terminals, in contact with airport experts and passengers, and with the constant support of Adr’s team dedicated to Open Innovation, the so-called Innovation Cabin Crew. For the second Call For Ideas, start-ups will also be able to count on the collaboration of major Italian and international partners who will work closely with them and Adr during the acceleration programme.
It is possible to apply to the Call For Ideas on ADR website: www.adr.it/innovation
Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and carries out other activities related and complementary to airport management. Fiumicino has two passenger terminals and is dedicated to business and leisure customers on national, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express couriers and General Aviation activities. In 2019, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 49.4 million passengers with over 240 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome, thanks to the approximately 100 airlines operating in the two airports (In 2021, following the effects induced by Covid-19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded just 11.7 million passengers, whilst Ciampino airport closed the year with 2.3 million passengers). Over the past five years, Aeroporti di Roma has received numerous awards, recognitions and quality certificates. Among these recognitions are the AIRPORT SERVICE QUALITY AWARD, awarded by ACI World for the category of European airports with more than 40 million passengers per year for the years 2017 to 2021 for the high level of passenger satisfaction, and the ACI EUROPE BEST AIRPORT AWARD, category of airports with more than 40 million passengers per year for the years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022: the award, in this case, rewards the achievement of excellence in several disciplines, including security, operations, infrastructure, community relations, environmental awareness and customer care. Furthermore, thanks to these achievements, in 2022, ACI World included ADR in the "Director General's Roll of Excellence", a roll of excellence to which only 64 out of more than 18,000 airports worldwide belong for the high levels of quality offered to their passengers. As of 2017, SKYTRAX awarded Aeroporti di Roma the 4 STARS AIRPORT RATING, a certificate of excellence for its commitment to providing passengers with the best possible experience. In 2018, Skytrax also awarded ADR WORLD'S MOST IMPROVED AIRPORT on the assessment of services experienced by passengers at various airports around the world. In 2022, ADR received the BEST AIRPORT STAFF IN EUROPE award from Skytrax for meeting customer service staff's precise parameters of friendliness and efficiency at the air terminal. During the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, Aeroporti di Roma distinguished itself with numerous health and safety awards: from ACI the AIRPORT HEALTH ACCREDITATION by ACI World on compliance with health measures and protocols for 2020 and 2021, AIRPORT HEALTH MEASURES AUDIT PROGRAMME - ACI BUREAU VERITAS for 2020 on the effective implementation on the field of measures to combat COVID-19, by Skytrax COVID-19 SKYTRAX AIRPORT RATING 2020 on the efficiency of procedures and the COVID-19 AIRPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD 2021 for high health, hygiene and safety protocols during the pandemic. RINA will also award Aeroporti di Roma the BIOSAFETY TRUST CERTIFICATION in 2020. Also, in sustainability, ADR distinguished itself by receiving the LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 2020. Furthermore, in 2021, in connection with the SESAR - Single European Sky project, the ACI EUROPE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AWARD was awarded, recognising great appreciation for the airport's investment in the brand new Airport Operation Centre and the implementation of the innovation model focused on Open Innovation. In 2022, Plug and Play Tech Center, the largest private investment fund in Silicon Valley, presented ADR with the 'Corporate Innovation Award' for its commitment to promoting open innovation initiatives and building an innovative 'airport of the future'.
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