• Boeing mentors defence entrepreneurs in Adelaide

    July 18, 2017

    Boeing has begun collaborating with 10 early-stage defence and security technology companies in Adelaide, South Australia, following the launch of the 13-week intensive Asia Pacific Techstars Global Accelerator Program.

    Earlier this year, Boeing announced a $500,000 investment over five years in the Adelaide-based Techstars global accelerator program as part of Boeing’s expanding presence in South Australia. As a global innovation leader, Boeing offers the ten high-tech start-ups an international network of resources including teammates and expertise from Boeing HorizonX, an innovation cell focused on accelerating potentially transformative aerospace technologies, manufacturing innovations and emerging business models.

    Over the course of the 13-week program, the following successful companies will relocate to Techstars Adelaide’s new workspace on the city’s North Terrace and receive hands-on support and guidance from Boeing mentors.

    • Additive Rocket Corporation, San Diego USA
    • CRON Systems, New Delhi India
    • Daitum, Adelaide Australia
    • Dotterel Technologies, Auckland New Zealand
    • IR Sensors, Adelaide Australia
    • Iridium Dynamics, Brisbane Australia
    • MySky Technologies, Adelaide Australia
    • National CyberSecurity Institute, Melbourne Australia
    • RadioMaze Inc., Cupertino USA
    • Teamgage, Adelaide South Australia

    Techstars mentor and Director of Boeing’s Phantom Works International, Dr Shane Arnott said the Techstars Adelaide partnership formed part of Boeing’s investment in Australia’s sovereign defence capability.

    “Techstars Adelaide is an exciting opportunity for Boeing to play a key role in developing scalable solutions with a global impact right here in Adelaide,” Arnott said.

    “We will work closely with these companies, providing access to Boeing experts and advanced research and technologies to assist them to refine their product offering in readiness for commercial application.”

    Techstars Adelaide Manager Director Terry Gold said he was looking forward to working with the Top 10 to help them grow their companies while introducing the overseas founders to Adelaide.

    “From drones to data analytics, from virtual borders to rocket science – we’ve assembled a group of the most exciting technology start-ups working in and around defence today. By bringing these teams together and linking them with start-up experts and industry specialists we will help them rapidly scale up their businesses,” Gold said.

    All participants will benefit from lifetime access to Techstars resources, connections to investors and the Techstars global network of over 5,000 entrepreneurs, alumni and mentors.