Smart Airport and Aviation Partnership

Smart Airport and Aviation Partnership

Building an aviation ecosystem in Southern New Jersey, one fabulous innovation at a time.
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Interested in the flightPlan Accelerator program? Apply now to be a part of the spring 2020 cohort.
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Introducing the spring 2020 flightPlan Accelerator

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

Seven applicants will be invited to the spring 2020 cohort. The five-week accelerator, conducted both virtually and on-site, 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’s 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


Funding strategy and 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 will also 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 are particularly interested in proposals that show promise of creating or enhancing aviation-related technologies and applications.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020.