France: To provide solutions for the humanitarian challenges that our societies are facing, the Airbus Foundation is inviting social entrepreneurs to develop some innovative ideas. The objective of the initiative is to use technologies such as: Internet of Things, data analytics, block-chain, and virtual and augmented reality – as a medium for providing a solution to the human societies.
The projects will be hosted by the Airbus BizLab business accelerator, which performs an important “facilitator” role for start-ups by providing a six month acceleration program and free hosting. During the programme, the Airbus Foundation and IFRC will also support the BizLab to meet the needs of social entrepreneurs, facilitating their access to key stakeholders and innovation specialists within the humanitarian community.
“We’re constantly amazed at some of the innovative solutions that people across the Red Cross and Red Crescent network are developing in response to the challenges they face in their own communities” said Andrea Debbane, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation. “We are happy to be able to support a number of these innovations. When we look at the scale of humanitarian suffering around the world, it’s clear that new ideas, new approaches, new ways of thinking are needed. That’s what this initiative is about.”
Throughout the program, start-ups will have access to a large number of Airbus experts and mentors in various domains, as well as a Demo Day with decision makers, venture capitalists, Airbus customers and partners. This year’s call for projects also allows start-ups to decide where they would like to be hosted, either in Hamburg or Toulouse.
Project proposals for the program can be submitted from now until 23 July, 2017 via the F6S start-up platform. Pitching sessions will occur in Hamburg and Toulouse on 29 August and 5 September respectively.