Overview of the Airport Innovation Accelerator

Why We Exist

Created by AAAE in 2015, the Airport Innovation Accelerator’s goal is to bring better solutions to the airport community more quickly through community, mentoring and services.

Our community exists to foster innovation through close collaboration between airports, government partners, strategic partners, investors, and innovators of all shapes and sizes. By cultivating open discussion about real needs, we aim to bring better solutions to airports more quickly.

We offer mentoring and a range of services to help innovators navigate the airport market. Through our community and services, the Accelerator also looks to add new solutions to AAAE's suite of airport services.


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