Published: 18th November 2018
Kerala govt inks MoU with Airbus Bizlab to set up Aerospace Innovation centre
Airbus BizLab will provide support and mentoring for startups in Kerala and conduct regular workshops and discussions with experts from the aerospace and defence sectors
Kerala's startup eco-system got a major fillip as the state government signed an MoU with Airbus BizLab, a global aerospace accelerator which is part of the Airbus group, to set up an Aerospace Innovation Centre.
The MoU was exchanged between Siddharth Balachandran, Leader, Airbus Bizlab India and Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), in the presence of Chief Minister Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan in his chamber on Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by Mr Tom Jose, Kerala Chief Secretary, Mr M Sivasankar, Secretary, Kerala IT; Margit Hellwig-Boette, German Consul General; M. C.Dathan, Scientific Advisor to the Chief Minister ; Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy; Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark; and Arun Balachandran, Chief Minister's Fellow.
"We are confident that this partnership with Airbus Bizlab will help embed innovation in the industrial ecosystem of Kerala.It will up-skill the local youth and will enhance employability," Mr Vijayan said.
Airbus BizLab will also provide support and mentoring for startups in Kerala and conduct regular workshops and discussions with experts from the aerospace and defence sectors.
Further, the France-headquartered company, which has set up facilities in Bengaluru, Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Madrid (Spain) to create a global network of business accelerators, is to run training programmes to acquaint participants with aerospace technologies.
Also, the company will identify opportunities for Kerala to adapt aerospace technologies across sectors and bring all the relevant Airbus teams and startups to demonstrate technologies.
After successful demonstration, it will help the innovation centre to sign partnerships and deploy the technologies.
"It is a landmark agreement that will give a huge fillip to state's efforts to nurture innovations and startups in the aerospace and defence sectors. It will help the startups in the state to leverage the expertise of Airbus in transforming their innovative ideas into scalable businesses," said Mr. Tom Jose.
"The initiative aims to foster local talent in the aerospace domain and help promising startups to contribute towards shaping the future of flying not only in India but the world," said Mr Anand E. Stanley, President and Managing Director, Airbus India and South Asia.