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Qantas announces startups and scaleups taking part in AVRO accelerator

Qantas has revealed the cohort of startups and scaleups taking part in its first Avro accelerator program, run in partnership with Slingshot Accelerator.

The 12 week program will see six startups and six scaleups work with various business units within Qantas Group to further develop and scale their businesses.

Participants were selected according to their alignment to strategic opportunities Qantas identified for collaboration with innovative businesses, grouped according to five key themes: creating seamless journeys; care beyond the air; building connected platforms; transforming for tomorrow; and innovating without limits.

The breadth of opportunities within the corporate is reflected in the selected cohort, with participants working in everything from rostering to fintech and alcohol discovery and delivery.

According to Qantas, 40 percent of the 500 applications received were from scaleups.

The scaleup program is focused on helping participating businesses get to some kind of deal or Memorandum of Understanding with Qantas in five meetings or less; it has been designed to connect corporates with a new solution that is close to ready-made to help them fix a problem within their business, or allow them to tap into new markets quickly.

Thirty percent of applications also came from outside Australia, with companies applying from across the US, Europe, and Asia.


screen-shot-2017-06-23-at-9-54-10-amAeroster – A tool for pilots, cabin and ground crew to view and share rosters with family, friends and colleagues.


Coverhero – An insurance robo advisor that helps to understand, buy and manage insurance in one place.

screen-shot-2017-06-23-at-9-56-31-ameasyshare – easyshare is an app for every sharehouse: it collects everyone’s share of rent and bills, and pays it for you

Landmarx ID – Uses mobile location data against known points of interest to provide clients customer insights.


Leezair – An inspiration, discovery and booking platform for unique experiences.


Travelshoot – Connects travellers with local professional photographers across the globe.



Birch – Helps users optimise their credit card and loyalty spending to maximise their rewards.


BoozeBud – An alcohol discovery and delivery platform.


LoanDolphin – A loan bidding marketplace in which banks and brokers compete for users home loans.


Meeco  –Data platform enabling individuals to control and exchange personal data on their own terms.


Pawshake – A global network of loving and trustworthy pet minding services.


Volantio – Optimises unit revenue and marketing performance for the travel industry.

Image: Rob Marcolina, Group Executive, Strategy, Transformation & IT at ‎Qantas. Source: Slingshot Accelerator.

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