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Fiumicino, 4 November 2021 – Aeroporti di Roma, the company that manages the Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, and Lventure Group, a Venture Capital holding listed on the stock exchange and one of the main start-up accelerators at European level, have signed a collaboration to implement the programme of experimentation (Proof of Concept) to be developed in the first airport Innovation Hub in Italy, which will be inaugurated at the beginning of 2022 at Leonardo Da Vinci at Fiumicino, with a space of 650 square metres at Terminal 1.
The goal of the Proofs of Concept (PoCs) is to establish a co-creation process between the selected start-ups and ADR to test their innovative products and services within the airport ecosystem. The start-ups will have access to ADR's assets and resources, which will support the testing of solutions, the achievement of objectives and the development of a synergistic relationship between start-ups and the company’s Business Units.
LVenture Group will manage the experimentation process, providing start-ups with its methodology and know-how in enterprise development in the early stages, based on a track record of over 120 accelerated start-ups.
The path consists of two phases: Set-up and Delivery.
The “Set-Up” phase, lasting one month, which consists of defining all the aspects that orbit around the individual PoCs, from the introduction of the stakeholders involved, to the presentation of the assets made available by ADR and their methods of use. ADR’s experts will provide the know-how necessary to support start-ups in the design phase. This will be followed by the “Delivery Phase”, about four intensive months of PoC development, in which the typical methodologies of LVenture Gorup's acceleration programmes will be adopted.
All start-ups with innovative solutions in the six challenges identified by ADR can participate in this programme: improving flight punctuality and increasing airport capacity; "data driven" systems for real time planning and management of the Terminal and Airside areas; reduction of energy consumption or increase of energy from renewable sources; “Passenger digital experience”, digital passenger services that enrich their experience; automation of processes or controls within the airport; “Omnichannel commerce”, dedicated offers that can be purchased not only at the point of sale.
“Together with LVenture Group” commented Emanuele Calà, Vice President of Innovation & Quality of Aeroporti di Roma, “we are entering the executive phase of the Open Innovation strategy, based on the desire to create an ecosystem of cooperation to achieve energy transition goals and
digital of the airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino. Today, we are ready to engage start-ups by investing in their ideas within the Fiumicino Incubation HUB not only in economic terms but above all in terms of know-how and skills, promoting and encouraging the development and growth of new companies and entrepreneurs, generating a phenomenon of contamination from which the entire national airport system benefits”.
“We are proud to collaborate with Aeroporti di Roma in the realization of their Open Innovation strategy,” declared Antonella Zullo, Head of Open Innovation of LVenture Group, “providing our experience in the development of start-ups in the initial phases and in the creation and management of the Hubs, the physical platforms that increase the influential rate functional to their growth The innovative solutions of the start-ups will play a central role in the transformation of infrastructures at the service of the passenger experience and sustainability, amongst the great challenges of the future”.
LVenture Group is a holding company listed on the Euronext Milan market of the Italian Stock Exchange that operates in the Venture Capital sector by investing from the early stages in companies active in the sector of digital technologies with high potential and international prospects, supporting them in their growth until the exit.
LVenture Group is currently a leader in the segments of:
• Pre-seed financing: investment of limited financial resources in favour of start-ups selected and included in the LUISS EnLabs Acceleration Programme, founded from a joint venture with Luiss University and supported by partners Accenture, Facebook and Sara Assicurazioni;
• Seed financing: investments in start-ups in more advanced stages of growth that require more financial resources to support product development and entry into the market.
LVenture Group currently has over 80 start-ups in its portfolio, which raised €105 million (of which 20 invested directly by the company) and contributed to the creation of over 1,500 high value-added jobs.
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Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino and carries out other activities associated with and supplementary 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 2020, following the effects induced by Covid-19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded just 9.8 million passengers, whilst Ciampino airport closed the year with 1.6 million passengers). In 2020, Airports Council International Europe
awarded Leonardo da Vinci the "Best Airport Award 2020". For the third consecutive year, Leonardo da Vinci was confirmed first place out of the European hubs with over 40 million passengers. The award is added to the recognition of Airports Council International World which, in 2020, for the third consecutive year, awarded Leonardo da Vinci the "Airport Service Quality 2019" award as the most popular airport in Europe amongst the hubs with more than 40 million passengers. ADR's management capacity is also confirmed by the awards received in 2019 by Skytrax, the main international rating and assessment company in the airport sector, which confirmed the 4 Skytrax stars obtained by Fiumicino in 2017.
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