Applications for the AVRO Accelerator Program are Open Now

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Apr 06, 2018

by KATE BARRACOSA, Writer

When Qantas’s founders first began their foray into aviation, they had just $504,000 in funding. It’s fair to say that in the years since, the business has grown exponentially thanks to a continued focus on innovation.

Now, the Qantas Group is giving the next generation of start-ups and scale-ups a leg-up with its AVRO Accelerator program.

Run in partnership with Slingshot, Australia’s leading corporate accelerator, AVRO helps entrepreneurs develop and scale their businesses. During the structured 12-week program, participants have access to insights from Qantas’s highly engaged customer base and mentors from companies such as Afterpay, Google Cloud and Deliveroo, as well as support from the Qantas Group and its extended partner network.

This is the second year of the program, with last year’s incredible cohort including successes such as Mad Paws, a pet-sitting service that secured $5 million in funding and now has a commercial partnership with Qantas, and Volantio’s Yana platform, which gives customers more travel flexibility (and is currently being trialled by Qantas). 

“The aim of the AVRO Accelerator is to find the next generation of businesses that can benefit from our unique assets to help identify new growth opportunities for Qantas, while helping to build their businesses at the same time,” said Rob Marcolina, Qantas Group Executive of Strategy, Innovation and Technology.

Applicants must address at least one of five key themes to be considered: personalise and streamline customer journeys; encourage customers to live healthier lives; help Qantas better understand and reach customers; make existing processes more efficient; develop new thinking around how to use Qantas’s assets.

Roadshows offering further information and the chance to meet the AVRO Accelerator team will be held in Melbourne on 17 April and Sydney on 19 April. You can also register for the Live Facebook Chat on 26 April.

Applications can be done here and close on 30 April, 2018. Successful candidates will begin the program on 16 July.