Overview of the Airport Innovation Accelerator

Why We Exist

The Airport Innovation Accelerator was built to bring new solutions to the broader airport community (airports, airlines, government) more efficiently and effectively. We achieve this by fostering a strong community of innovators, mentoring promising solution providers, and delivering services that benefit the entire industry.

Our community connects airports, government partners (FAA, DHS), airlines, investors, and innovators of all shapes and sizes. The Accelerator gathers these leaders around common, impactful opportunities and encourages ACTION in the form of pilots and best practice sharing. The net result is an ecosystem where great ideas flourish and the airport community thrives.


We believe collaboration is key. By nurturing a community around airport innovation, our airports and the innovators that serve them find better solutions more efficiently and effectively.

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To effectively serve airports you must first understand airports. Our network of airport experts offer an unmatched set of industry knowledge to accelerate innovation adoption.

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AAAE has a legacy of delivering valuable solutions across airports. The Accelerator is on the look-out for innovations that have broad market impact that would be a great addition to AAAE's suite of services.

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The Airport Innovation Accelerator is:


  • A Hub for Airport Innovation, connecting Airports, Government, Innovators, and Investors
  • Voice for Airports to the Innovation Community
  • A Mentor to Promising Solution Providers
  • A Connector to Government Initiatives Related to Airports
  • An Expert Source to Validate Product-Market Need
  • A Funnel to and for Investors
  • NOT a Seed Fund
  • NOT a Testing Lab
  • NOT an Incubator (providing space and other resources for early stage start-ups)
  • NOT a simplified marketing platform
  • NOT a quasi-government think-tank