June 11, 2019: In collaboration with Vueling and Iberia, International Airlines Group (IAG) Cargo, is seeking applications for 2019 IAG Hangar 51 global innovation programme.

Across the globe, start-ups of all sizes and growth stages are invited to apply for the industry-leading accelerator programme which aims to transform the aviation industry. Successful applicants will be offered 10 weeks of working alongside IAG businesses as well as mentoring from senior leadership and experts from across the group.

Carly Morris, head of innovation at IAG Cargo stated, "Now, more than ever before, there exists a huge opportunity for new technologies to transform the airfreight industry. IAG Cargo is delighted to once again be part of the Hangar 51 innovation programme and to offer start-ups a chance to embed themselves in our business and develop their ideas on a truly global scale. We are looking forward to working alongside the next generation of disruptive start-up companies to optimise the way we operate and deliver an even better service to our customers."

IAG Cargo is looking for applicants with ideas or products to revolutionise cargo services - this could include using advanced technologies to improve asset tracking and supply chain visibility, optimising capacity using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), and developing new efficiencies by using autonomous vehicles, robotics, or blockchain.

At the end of the programme, successful applicants will showcase their achievements on a demo day before an audience comprised of the group's senior management team and investors. This will give them the opportunity to receive potential investment from IAG's multimillion-pound digital fund to scale their business.

To join the programme, start-ups can submit their application on or before August 2, 2019, at www.hangar51.com/apply. The programme starts on September 30, 2019, with the setting of key objectives for participants to work towards over the intensive, 10-week collaborative programme. Candidates will receive mentorship from a senior sponsor and support from across the business. The programme will conclude with a final demo day in January 2020, designed to showcase what start-ups have achieved over the 10 weeks and to present their proposal for future engagement with IAG.

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