Inteliports selected for the Future Of Air Mobility Accelerator 2022 Cohort

Inteliports, which debuted at this year’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed’s Future Lab, has been announced as part of The Future of Air Mobil­i­ty Accel­er­a­tor (FoAM) by Con­nect­ed Places Cat­a­pult.

Inteliports will show­case its first droneport to be locat­ed in the Faw­ley Water­side hous­ing devel­op­ment on the solent to con­duct flight tri­als over the water­way to test auto­mat­ed hub to hub drone deliv­ery in a safe and non-intru­sive way.

Con­nect­ed Places Cat­a­pult has revealed the cohort for the sec­ond Future of Air Mobil­i­ty Accel­er­a­tor, in part­ner­ship with the Future Flight Chal­lenge, deliv­ered by Inno­vate UK for UK Research and Inno­va­tion (UKRI).

FoAM is a six-month accel­er­a­tor pro­gramme pow­ered by Con­nect­ed Places Cat­a­pult in part­ner­ship with UKRI, Super­nal, BAE Sys­tems, GKN Aero­space and Heathrow, as well as aca­d­e­m­ic col­lab­o­ra­tors Cran­field Uni­ver­si­ty and Coven­try Uni­ver­si­ty, along­side the UK Civ­il Avi­a­tion Author­i­ty (CAA) and British Stan­dards Insti­tu­tion (BSI).

The Cat­a­pult has worked with this con­sor­tium to define four key chal­lenges to guide the cohort selec­tion: Future Air­port & Ver­ti­port Oper­a­tions, Avi­a­tion Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Future Air & Space Traf­fic Man­age­ment and Enabling End-to-End Mobil­i­ty.

Over the next six months, the cohort will receive fund­ing from the Future Flight Chal­lenge and will demon­strate its achieve­ments at the accel­er­a­tor Demon­stra­tion Day on 27th April 2023.

In Feb­ru­ary 2021, Con­nect­ed Places Cat­a­pult and the Future Flight Chal­lenge launched the first Future of Air Mobil­i­ty Accel­er­a­tor, embark­ing on a jour­ney to select and fund 11 SMEs to tri­al and test their solu­tions in areas of data dri­ven avi­a­tion, smart air­ports and advanced air mobil­i­ty.

The fund­ed tri­als, togeth­er with the men­tor­ship pro­vid­ed, sup­port­ed the cohort in rais­ing over £5.5 mil­lion in invest­ment, secur­ing over £6 mil­lion in grant fund­ing, gain­ing new com­mer­cial clients and cre­at­ing over 65 new jobs.

Simon Mas­ters, Deputy Chal­lenge Direc­tor of the Future Flight chal­lenge at UKRI said: “Over the past two years we have been con­tin­u­al­ly encour­ag­ing new play­ers into the mar­ket and our accel­er­a­tor pro­gramme with the Con­nect­ed Places Cat­a­pult is a great way for SMEs to tri­al and test their inno­va­tions, with sup­port from the programme’s part­ners.”

In Jan­u­ary 2021, Urban-Air Port Air-One was select­ed as a win­ner of the UK Government’s Future Flight Chal­lenge to devel­op avi­a­tion infra­struc­ture and sys­tems, receiv­ing a £1.2 mil­lion grant and plans to launch Air-One ‘pop up’ urban air­port and charg­ing hub for eVTOL air­craft in Coven­try.

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