Airbus BizLab

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. The Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept to closely collaborate with startups while allowing smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups.

The acceleration program

Airbus BizLab offers to early-stage selected projects wide-ranging support in the form of a 6 month acceleration program. Startups have access to a large number of Airbus coaches, experts and mentors in various domains, free hosting, and a Demo Day with Airbus decision makers, venture capitalists, Airbus customers and partners.
Our acceleration program is based on the lean startup methodology and articulated around 3 pillars :
- Customer desirability (market study & benchmark, value proposition, customer experimentation…)
- Solution feasibility (proof of concept, product functionalities definition, MVP…)
- Business viability (business model, risk assesment, cost benefit analysis…)

The 6 month acceleration program are segmented into 3 loops where startups build the MVP, test it and based on customers feedbacks pivote or continue.
At the end of each loop concrete deliverables are expected.
Transformation projects management, cultural change, communication management & entrepreneur …my skills for you.
Franck Alazet - Airbus BizLab Coach

Our Values

Airbus BizLab is more than a simple startup accelerator, it’s a « melting-pot community » where BizLabers will be encouraged to share expertises, to exchange experiences, and humble enough to accept failure and even so proud to celebrate success with their peers.
The world is full of bright people that we want to attract and work with for the benefit of our industry.
Bruno Gutierres - Head Of BizLab

Our extended ecosystem

In developing the BizLab, Airbus has drawn on the experience of start-up support programmes in other sectors.
Taking benefits from this exchanges, the BizLab has forged strong links with privileges partners such as Microsoft Ventures, I-Lab, Orange Fab, Club Open Innovation, The Bridge by Coca-Cola, Beta-I …
This extended network will allow our startups & intrapreneurs to take advantage of startup program exchanges, mentoring sessions and on-demand expertises. On top of that, startups will be able to develop new uses cases outside of the aeronautical industry.
Me: curious by nature, coaching by profession and smiling because I am an optimist - The best is achieved in the combination of the many.
Rey Buckman - Airbus BizLab Hamburg Coach

BizLab team

A passionate and dedicated team to build with you all your crazy ideas. Coaches, experts & mentors will support you all along the 6 month acceleration program.
The coach works closely with the startups, he co-designs the acceleration plan with the BizLabers. He monitors the acceleration plan by structuring ideas of project owners, challenging the idea owner about his/her future position of business leader/manager, providing solutions/foster new ways of doing, drumbeating projects progress and team motivation
In his role, the coach will have to take on a neutral approach. Coach listens and provides BizLabers with links of thoughts that enable him to make decisions about current environment.
On-demand, the 150 Airbus experts will provide technical and business advices in their respective domains.
The mentors, as Senior Top Manager/ Successful entrepreneur, will be the instrument for personal and professional development for BizLabers. Thanks to knowledge transfer, networking and counselling.
Mission statements don't win customers. Passion statements do.
Ildiko Ferencsik - Sales & Marketing Manager Lucem

How
to apply ?

Each campus will launch two call for projects per year, there are not limited to startups working already within the aeronautic industry but to any innovation concept which can be applicable for our market.

For internal selection, after a quite selective process, the Airbus Corporate Innovation jury will select the most promising ideas to integrate the BizLab.

I’m working
in a Startup

1. Apply to our call for project
2. Your application is short-listed
3. Prepare your pitch to be selected by the Screening Jury

I’m working
at Airbus

1. Contact your innovation catalyst
2. Issue a one-pager to go through the Editing Commitee
3. Prepare your pitch to be selected by the Screening Jury
Airbus BizLab locations around the world Airbus BizLab locations around the world
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Toulouse
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BizLabs are
everywhere !
The first Airbus BizLab opened on 9th of March 2015 in Toulouse. The next centre opened in Hamburg in September followed by Bangalore, creating an international network of Airbus BizLabs.
BizLabs are
everywhere !
The first Airbus BizLab opened on 9th of March 2015 in Toulouse. The next centre opened in Hamburg in September followed by Bangalore, creating an international network of Airbus BizLabs.
Airbus BizLab
Toulouse
Toulouse is the worldwide capital of aeronautics as well as the Airbus Head Quarter.
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Hamburg
Hamburg is a major industrial Airbus site as well as the Cabin center of expertise.
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Bangalore
Bangalore is an Airbus fully owned subsidiary (since 2014) as well as one of the most important startup spot in the world.
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Some questions? Try our FAQ...

1 . Which startups will the BizLab be working with and why ?
Our intention is to open ourselves up to other eco-systems, thus we will not limit the scope of our collaboration with startups to the aeronautical industry. We will open it to different areas such as digitalization, data processing, communication networks, robotics. However the projects should be applicable for the aeronautical industry.
2 . Would you consider the possibility of investing in or taking over a startup in some cases ?
This is not the scope of Airbus BizLab but entry into equity could be addressed trough Airbus Group Ventures.
3 . Will you share joint patents with startups ?
Basic scenario is that background IP remains to each partners and foreground IP, if created, is shared as prorata. Nevertheless each situations will be evaluated between partners.
4 . Is BizLab is part of Airbus or a subsidiary ?
BizLab is part of Airbus
5 . What is the aim for Airbus ?
Working with startups goes hand-in-hand with our innovation strategy. The main aim is to accelerate the implementation of innovative concepts onto our existing platforms thus highlighting the innovative nature of our products and meeting our customers’ needs.

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