Starburst has partnered with industry leading organizations to cultivate an aviation ecosystem in Singapore like no other. The carefully selected collection of partners below represent all sides of the aviation value chain from OEMs to operators to ground handlers and more. Startups who are selected to participate in the accelerator program will have the unique opportunity to work directly with our partners to create tailored solutions to their challenge areas. Successful companies will have the opportunity to receive private venture capital, land joint R&D projects, and even sign their next biggest customer!
Enterprise Singapore, formerly International Enterprise Singapore and SPRING Singapore, is the government agency championing enterprise development in Singapore. The agency works closely with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. The organization also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. As the national standards and accreditation body, they continue to build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.
Enterprise Singapore will give successful startups the opportunity to receive privileged access to government grants as well as seed funding.
Singapore Airlines is a global company dedicated to providing air transportation services of the highest quality and to maximising returns for the benefit of its shareholders and employees. The company has come a long way since its founding in 1972, evolving from a regional airline to one of the most respected travel brands around the world. They fly one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world to destinations spanning a network across five continents, with the famed Singapore Girl as their internationally-recognisable icon providing the high standards of care and service that customers have come to expect of them.
Being a premium airline partner, SIA will enable early-stage startups to work closely with one of the most coveted customers in the industry. This will allow startups to further their credibility and help establish a strong brand image.
SATS is Asia's leading provider of food solutions and gateway services. Their food solutions include airline catering as well as central kitchens for food service chains and institutions. Their comprehensive gateway services encompass airfreight handling, passenger services, ramp handling, baggage handling, aviation security services, aircraft interior and exterior cleaning, as well as cruise centre management. SATS is present in over 65 locations and 14 countries across Asia Pacific, the UK and Middle East.
SATS will be providing a few of their operational problems for startups to address directly. Thus, successful solutions will result in pilot projects or even proof of concept grant funding from SATS.
For 40 years, Panasonic Avionics has strengthened the connection between the world’s airlines and their passengers. They are recognized globally for their experience and leadership in product innovation and customization, system reliability, and customer care. They collaborate with over 300 airline customers to develop inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) solutions that are designed to meet their unique fleet, brand, operations, and business requirements, based on state-of-the-art technology, connectivity, and industry know-how. Every year, more than 2.7 billion passengers enjoy an amazing entertainment experience flying onboard Panasonic-equipped aircraft.
Startups in the program will have the opportunity to work directly with Panasonic Avionics, an OEM whom produces both hardware and software, specifically focused on passenger experience.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Thales have come together to jointly establish the Aviation Innovation Research (AIR) Lab in Singapore to drive innovation in new air traffic management (ATM) technologies. The AIR Lab is currently focused on the development of an Open ATM System architecture minimum viable product as its immediate priority. This project will be a key enabler for CAAS’s next-generation ATM system. Through the AIR Lab, Thales will be increasing its level of investments into ATM-related research in Singapore by bringing in domain experts and hiring software engineers, system engineers, and integrators.
Airlab will provide applicable participating startups an opportunity to partner together to further advanced the joint initiative of both CAAS and Thales to create an Open ATM System.
The Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) or AAIS, is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003 to promote the development of Singapore as a leading aerospace hub. Its vision is “An Innovative Aerospace Community for a Sustainable Future.” AAIS represents companies involved in aviation, aerospace and unmanned aircraft systems, including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), manufacturing, parts distribution, research & development, training and education, and aftermarket services. It serves as the voice of industry to influence future directions and policies, facilitates business and engenders the development of the industry community.
AAIS will be providing startups with executive-level mentorship to help them navigate the complex aviation regulation framework in Singapore and Asia as a whole.
At Microsoft, their mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Their mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and its customers to thrive in this world. They do business in 170 countries and are made up of 144,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling their mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.
Microsoft will be providing participating companies with intense mentorship focused on helping those who have a requirement for software related expertise. Microsoft will also be offering the selected startups an 'on-ramp' into a later stage Microsoft startup program.
Founded in Singapore by Michael Blakey and Will Klippgen in 2016, Cocoon Capital invests in early stage, enterprise, and deep tech companies across Southeast Asia. Leveraging the founders' combined 34 years of experience in guiding tech entrepreneurs to build successful businesses, Cocoon Capital funds and mentors companies from seed though to Series A with its global group of investors and advisors. Specifically focusing on B2B enterprise and deep tech, the fund typically invests up to SGD1m per deal. Cocoon Capital prefers to act as lead investor and normally takes a board seat.
Having won several awards for their track record in the Asian VC ecosystem, Cocoon is bringing to the table mentorship focused on helping founders reach their fundraising goals. For those selected companies that impress the firm will also have the chance to pitch live for a Cocoon equity investment.
HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.
HF is one of the top aviation law firms globally and thus, they're providing startups with legal expertise in three main areas: (1) incorporation and entity formation (2) intellectual property (3) international sales