To See The Future of Sustainable Aerospace…

Look forward.

I am very excited to announce that applications for the second ATI Boeing Accelerator cohort are now open.

Aerospace looks very different as we head into the second year of our programme. COVID-19 has had a big impact on the state of air travel, and we have seen unprecedented change. This provides an opportunity for startups developing technology that can make a huge difference to aerospace, and gives them a chance to really grab the attention of an industry looking to innovate.

This year, we’ve adjusted our themes and are now heavily focusing on Sustainability.

The ATI Boeing Accelerator’s second cohort will run for 3 months (part virtual/ part in-person) from January 2021, bringing 10 startups together to meet our sponsors and partners. The curriculum will help the cohort scale their business and raise investment — and we hope to see collaborations between startups as we have in our first cohort.

The inaugural ATI Boeing Accelerator cohort have gone on to secure a further £6M in funding, created 30 new jobs, and engaged organisations including Rolls-Royce and Chevron Technology Ventures. You can learn more about them via our Portfolio page.

Working with those nine founding teams during our first cohort was amazing. They faced (and beat) stiff competition during applications, too — we had nearly three hundred applications to chose our final nine. We’ve seen great progress and — even during a pandemic — our first cohort has been able to get some fantastic projects over the line!

ATI Boeing Accelerator Cohort 1 at GKN’s Filton site

The inaugural programme successes include Circulor, a startup that helps businesses demonstrate responsible sourcing through supply chain traceability, which raised £3.5M from Volvo Cars Tech Fund and Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures. Filament (formerly Anomalous), whose AI-based software detects and repairs defects in aircraft parts, won the Zamma Award at the NTT Data Open Innovation Contest in Tokyo and was selected for Founders Factory. Intellegens, an artificial intelligence company with a unique deep-learning algorithm, received Innovate UK funding to model COVID-19 data from around the world and improve the management of future outbreaks and other global pandemics.

For those who are new to the ATI Boeing Accelerator, read on to find out more.

Who is behind it?

The ATI Boeing Accelerator is brought to you by the Aerospace Technology Institute, sponsored by Boeing and GKN Aerospace and with Rolls-Royce as a corporate partner. The programme is delivered in partnership with Ignite.

The programme team consists of myself, Gabriela Matic (Programme Director) and Wil Benton (Venture & Ecosystem Director). We are supported by our Associate Ksenia Kurileva and our Venture Partner Johanna Campion.
We’re also joined by the ATI’s Programme Lead, Nour Eid, alongside a range of their technical experts. We’re excited to continue working with Boeing HorizonX Global Venture UK’s Nichola Bates and Jacqueline Davidson, and all of our champions at GKN Aerospace!

Who is the programme for?

We’re looking for world-class startups who are creating sustainability-enabling technologies with the potential to bolster the growth and competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry.

We are especially interested in innovative startups building solutions within the below thematic areas. Please feel free to read up on each theme in the linked blog posts.

Reduce time to Market

Sustainable production via innovative regulatory technology, rapid design methodologies, test pyramid reduction, and, but not limited to, shop floor/workflow optimisation.

Materials & Manufacturing

Digitally connected factory of the future merging the power of alloy development, additive manufacturing, material management reduction & traceability processes while leveraging digital twin functionality to generate an adaptive, collaborative production system.

Read more about the Industry 4.0 themes here.

Sustainable Lifecycle

Cradle-to-grave accountability and standards through circular economies, process simulation and modelling, and, but not limited to, lifecycle assessment and traceability.

Flight Operations Resilience

Traveller confidence in their passenger journey including solutions targeting safety, operational efficiencies and, but not limited to, enhanced passenger journey(s).

Read more about the Lifecycle and Resilience themes here.

Battery & Fuel Systems

Innovative energy and energy storage solutions such as battery lifecycle optimisation, alternatives for rare earth materials, hydrogen management solutions, and sustainable aviation fuels.

Energy Management

Solutions such as multi-source/smart grid technologies, efficient and intelligent sensing, thermal management solutions, or future energy infrastructure concepts.

Read more about the Energy themes here.

The ABA programme team (l-r): Johanna Campion, Wil Benton, Gabriela Matic, Ksenia Kurileva

What does it offer?

  • £100k optional investment (structured as an uncapped SAFE note) from Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures
  • Mentoring from a global network of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and investors
  • Access and introductions to our network of angel investors, venture capitalists and the wider aerospace industry throughout the programme and during our ecosystem events.

I think the programme offers three genuine value-adds to startups.

The first is the extensive access to both the ATI and our incredible sponsors; as well as the support the programme team providers while facilitating those developing commercial relationships. The programme stakeholders are heavily involved in the selection process from applicants are submitted and are already gearing up to work with the startups on Cohort Two to provide them with real commercial opportunities. We know that this is where the success of a corporate accelerator is decided — and we know what to do to make ours one of the best programmes out there.

The second is where our investment communities come in: we want to help the startups in each cohort raise funding to grow bigger and quicker, and we want to work with our investment networks to help them find their next big investment.

The third is the cohort. Startups from the previous programme have already started forming partnerships and working on collaborations and we hope to see the same in upcoming programmes. The expertise and network that other founders around you bring to the table — as well as the new-found community — usually ends up being one of the biggest benefits of accelerator programmes.

Applications close midnight BST on the 4th of October and interviews will be held at our Selection Days on the 2nd and 3rd of December.

We will open the doors to our first cohort and its 8–10 founding teams in early January 2021, and the programme will run until March/ April 2021.

Watch our “Ask Us Anything” Session on YouTube if you have further questions and read more about the programme on our website and in the FAQ. You can also book in for office hours or contact me directly via my details below.

For more information about the programme, please contact the ATI Boeing Accelerator team:

Gabi Matic — |
Wil Benton — |
Ksenia Kurileva — |




Accelerating the aerospace sector | | @aeroxelerated

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Gabriela Matic

Gabriela Matic

Co-founder Metta @mettatalks, former Programme Director ATI Boeing Accelerator — Alumna @igniteaccel / @techstars '16 NYC

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