flightPlan, an aviation accelerator, launches in Southern Jersey

Flight Aviation

Work with aviation professionals, industry teammates, and potential funders to reach your venture’s full potential. 

The Smart Airport and Aviation Partnership (SAAP), a central player in the emerging Southern New Jersey aviation hub, is hosting its first Accelerator cohort in early 2020.

With guidance from the National Institute of Aerospace and other partners, game-changing aviation professionals will work with participants on innovative growth strategies for their ventures.

Seven applicants will be invited to the Spring 2020 cohort.  The five-week Accelerator, conducted both virtually and onsite, will include:

  • Personalized mentoring by aviation and business experts, who will help you analyze strategies for moving your venture to its next best level;
  • Interaction with aviation leaders from the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center;
  • Courses and workshops addressing the challenges of starting, operating and sustaining a company, including business skills for your management team, and
  • Evolving your funding opportunities, including exposure to the tech investor community and development of your best pitch.

At the program’s conclusion, participants will pitch their ventures at a regional “Innovation Forum” dedicated to cohort graduates.  Graduates also will be eligible to apply for a grant for performing FAA-approved research during Summer 2020.

Applicants may be any aviation-related company or entrepreneur (including UAS enthusiasts).  We’re particularly interested in proposals that show promise of creating or enhancing aviation-related technologies and applications.

Applications for the Spring 2020 cohort are due by February 28, 2020.   Apply online at smartaviation.nianet.org.

Questions?  Contact the Program Director at carole.mattessich@nianet.org.

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