The 10 finalists to join the third Hangar 51, the global accelerator programme of International Airlines Group (IAG), have been announced.

From more than 400 applications in 40 countries, IAG selected 28 start-ups to present their innovative products and services before a judging panel at a pitch day earlier this month.

The start-ups will be embedded in the heart of IAG for 10 weeks, where they will be working side by side with mentors and experts from across the airline group. Based in London, the programme gives entrepreneurs access to resources to develop, shape and test their products.

Among the Hangar 51 finalists are Biobeat, an Israeli start-up which has developed a wearable medical monitoring device suitable for cabin crew, pilots and travellers; Mobilus Labs which offers a wearable voice communications platform which enables teams to connect from various environments; and SkyLights which has developed a Virtual Reality (VR) headset that offers a true movie theatre experience,

Dupsy Abiola, IAG’s head of global innovation, said, “We are very excited to collaborate with this year’s start-ups and harness their potential to transform the future of travel. Hangar 51 enables start-ups to accelerate their business growth through mentorship and access to one of the world’s largest airline groups. It’s a fertile ground for start-ups because they can be eyeball-to-eyeball with us and IAG has the opportunity to explore new applications in areas of emerging technology and user experience.”

The Hangar 51 accelerator programme starts this week and demo day will be held in London on 14 December 2018.

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