23 September 2023
13 new start-ups land at the Rome Fiumicino's Innovation Hub, selected among the 116 companies that responded to the second 'Call for Ideas' launched by ADR last December.
Fiumicino, 23 September 2023 - 13 new start-ups land at the Rome Fiumicino's Innovation Hub, selected among the 116 companies that responded to the second 'Call for Ideas' launched by ADR last December.

On the occasion of the induction event of start-ups from all over the world - Aeroficial Intelligence, A&K Robotics, ArgosAI, Auxilia, Designhubz, Essential Aero, Guimu Robot, HamsaID, Matroid, ReLearn, Proteso, Wintics and ZestIOT - the Innovation Cabin Crew of Aeroporti di Roma organised 3 workshops on the future challenges of the three most important airport trends: passenger experience, airport security and process automation. During the day it was also possible for guests invited to the event to have one-to-one meetings with the start-ups and members of the Innovation Cabin Crew.

"We are celebrating the launch of the second acceleration programme of Aeroporti di Roma - said Emanuele Calà, Vice President Innovation and Quality of ADR - we have over 70 colleagues from all over the world: airports, airlines and startups representing 3 continents and over 20 nationalities, who are gathered here today to attend the presentation of the 13 projects that will be developed in the Innovation Hub at Fiumicino Terminal 1, together with startups, partners and members of the Innovation Cabin Crew of Aeroporti di Roma".

The startuppers settled at the Innovation Hub in Fiumicino, Italy's first industrial accelerator in the aviation sector, will have to solve the 8 challenges proposed by the second Call for Ideas over the next 6 months: Predictive Maintenance, Enhance Terminal Processes, Improve Airside Operations, Passenger Experience, Community & Sustainability, Environmental Impact, Commercial Opportunities, Disruptive Solutions.

To realise this second round of the acceleration programme, Aeroporti di Roma has provided not only greater economic support, up to EUR 105,000, but - against a positive outcome of the projects - the possibility for the start-ups to count on potential business opportunities of up to EUR 2 million and support for future investment rounds thanks to the financial support of ADR Ventures, a corporate vehicle set up by ADR to start up Corporate Venture Capital activities. This is the first initiative of its kind in the air transport sector in Italy and is aimed at financing the development of projects in areas with high innovation potential. Among the main objectives of the new company are the management of investments in the capital of start-ups, the monitoring of companies in which investments have been planned, and the identification through dedicated scouting of 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.

ADR has chosen to focus on the creation of an innovation model - both outward-looking and inward-looking - that is based on the dissemination of the culture of Open Innovation to facilitate the development of an ecosystem based on cooperation with large companies, industrial groups, academic institutions and start-ups that share the same goals of energy and digital transition. To further strengthen the international network dedicated to innovation, during 2022 Aeroporti di Roma launched and promoted together with AENA, the world's leading airport operator in terms of number of passengers, the 'Airports For Innovation' network. In 2023, Munich (in June 2023), Vancouver, Dallas Fort Worth, Nice and Athens joined the network. Over 500 million passengers are handled by the network and consequently involved in common innovative solutions.

On Aeroporti di Roma's Linkedin page, a dedicated post will be published every Wednesday to learn more about the individual start-ups in the new acceleration programme:

Aeroporti di Roma, an Mundys Group company, manages and develops the Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and carries out other activities related and complementary to airport management. Fiumicino, the first and only airport in Italy with a Skytrax rating of 5 stars for excellent standards in service quality, has two passenger terminals and is dedicated to business and leisure customers on domestic, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express-couriers and General Aviation activities In 2019, ADR recorded 49.4 million passengers as an airport system. (In 2022, due to the effects induced by Covid - 19 on air transport, Fiumicino Airport recorded 29.4 million passengers, while Ciampino Airport closed the year with 3.5 million passengers). Over the past six years, Aeroporti di Roma has received numerous awards, recognitions and quality certificates. The most important are the AIRPORT SERVICE QUALITY AWARD, awarded by ACI World in the category of European airports with more than 40 million passengers per year, for the years 2017 to 2022, for high levels 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, 2023: in this case, the award rewards the achievement of excellence in several disciplines, including safety, operations, infrastructure, community relations, environmental awareness and customer care. As a result of these achievements, in 2022, ACI World included ADR in the 'Director General's Roll of Excellence', a roll of excellence to which only 69 out of more than 18,000 airports worldwide belong for the very high levels of quality offered to their passengers. SKYTRAX, in 2018 awarded ADR the WORLD'S MOST IMPROVED AIRPORT ARWARD based on the evaluation of services experienced by passengers at various airports around the world. In 2022 ADR received, again from Skytrax, the BEST AIRPORT STAFF IN EUROPE AWARD for meeting precise parameters of friendliness and efficiency of customer service staff in the terminal. ADR has also been recognised for its commitment to sustainability, receiving the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL 2020 award. In the field of innovation, in 2021, in connection with the SESAR - Single European Sky project, ADR was awarded the ACI EUROPE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AWARD 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, awarded ADR the "Corporate Innovation Award" for its commitment to promoting open innovation initiatives and building an innovative "airport of the future," an award confirmed for 2023.
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