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Airbus Bizlab: a global network of accelerator facilities

One of our main BETAPITCH sponsors this year is Airbus Bizlab. They’re working on a pretty amazing accelerator program at the moment and they’re going global soon! About time we’d introduce you to them. We asked Airbus Bizlab Hamburg leader Alexander Katzung some questions.


Hey Alexander! Can you tell us a bit about the Airbus BizLab? What is it!

Airbus is introducing a global network of accelerator facilities called Airbus BizLabs. The Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. The Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept in order to closely collaborate with startups while allowing smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups. It does so by providing a six-month acceleration program where participants get access to free office space, prototyping and test facilities, a dedicated coach and as well as a large number of experts and mentors in various domains – such as technology, legal, finance, marketing and communications and market access, learn & act sessions, Demo Day including Airbus decision makers, venture capitalist, Airbus customers, subsidiaries and partners.

The first Airbus Bizlab was opened in Toulouse, the next one will open in September in Hamburg, right next to the Elbe river. Followed by a third one opening Mid-November in Bangalore.


What are your three main criteria to select a startup for Airbus Bizlab acceleration program?

The main criteria for our Jury is the value creation generated by the projects for Airbus. That means we are not limiting to the aircraft itself, we looking for projects in various fields of our business units e.g. ranging from manufacturing to finance up to engineering. Additionally, we’re looking for a convincing team associated to a creative business model.


What are your goals for BETAPITCH | global & Investors Day 2015?

We’re looking forward to meet & connect with startups and entrepreneurs in the BETAPITCH & Berlin startup community!


How can startups and entrepreneurs apply for the program? 

Airbus BizLab in Toulouse launched its first call for projects already successfully and five startups were selected to be integrated within BizLab beginning of September. The call for projects for the BizLab in Hamburg will be launched soon on We keep you informed also on




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