Published on : Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Datalex joined Boeing HorizonX to announce its partnership with International Aviation Service’s Centre (IASC) and DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs to assist new start-up aviation and travel tech companies at Shannon.
Welcoming the ‘Propeller Shannon’ partnership, which was announced at the Paris Air Show, Patrick Edmond, Managing Director of the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) said: “Given Shannon’s remarkable heritage and the human capital we have in aerospace, it is only right that we would develop this new start-up hub. Over the years, Shannon has been home to innovations such as the world’s first Duty Free and the first Free Zone, as well as GPA, who pioneered the aircraft leasing industry. I’m delighted that global aviation leaders Boeing and Datalex have agreed to partner with ourselves and DCU Ryan Academy to help us realise our ambition to make Shannon home to a new generation of aviation entrepreneurs.”
IASC and DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs have been working on the ‘Propeller Shannon’ project, which will be formally launched in the coming weeks. Securing partners of the stature of the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, as well as Datalex, a leading global digital commerce platform provider for travel retailers, is very significant validation for the initiative.
Commenting on the partnership Aidan Brogan, CEO, Datalex Plc said: “We are delighted to participate in this partnership. We are committed to the investment and support of technology innovation that allows our airline customers to better compete in today’s digital economy. In partnership with JetBlue Technology Ventures, Datalex Labs currently provides expert mentorship and access to its API Airways APIs for over 15 start-ups in San Francisco. We hope to grow and extend our engagement with new innovative start-ups in Ireland.”
Said Steve Nordlund, leader of Boeing’s venture capital division, Boeing HorizonX, “At Boeing HorizonX, we believe in encouraging entrepreneurs and start-up companies who can help us identify innovations that can be brought to market and bring disruptive value to our customers. We are thrilled to be part of a partnership that will draw out the best of Irish aerospace technology innovation and help new companies carve a path to success.”
The partnership was announced at the Paris Air Show and highlighting it benefits, Clyde Hutchinson, Propeller Programme Lead, DCU Ryan Academy said: “This is a unique opportunity to build the next generation of Irish aviation success stories at Shannon and to lay the foundations for a strong Irish aerospace sector in the decades to come.