Ventures

We empower passionate innovators to make a difference to the travel industry.

We are the corporate venture fund for IAG. We provide the funds, support and expertise to help scale new technology and business models that improve our customers’ experience and reduce environmental impact.

Our investment themes

Sustainable travel 

We look for efficient, ecological thinkers to help contribute to a brighter tomorrow. We want companies whose solutions will have a positive, long-lasting impact on the way that we travel.

Transformational travel 

We back visionary and innovative teams who are developing technologies that can improve our operations and the experience of our customers. We want to work with daring entrepreneurs who are reimagining how airlines will work in the future.

What we are looking for

We seek out early-stage start-ups between Seed and Series B with the potential to transform the industry. We dream big and are keen to fund ambitious businesses.

Strategic alignment

We only focus on companies that can provide solutions to the greatest challenges in aviation and which are aligned to our strategic goals.

High value

We are after big, game-changing innovations that add significant customer value or operational efficiency.

Agility

We look for teams with the ability to scale at speed in a fast-growing industry, but also have the tenacity and flexibility to disrupt established wisdom.

Excellence

We only partner with the most outstanding teams that can push the boundaries of the possible.

Our portfolio

These are some of the companies that we have already backed.

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Computer vision to optimize airside operations in real-time

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Assaia

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Sustainable fuels technology to accelerate the energy transition

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Lanzajet

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Fuel management technology for smarter, greener operations

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i6 Group

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Mobile app alternative to the banks, with a multi-currency account

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Monese

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Software for post-booking revenue and capacity optimisation

Transformation
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Volantio

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Hydrogen-electric powertrain for zero-emission aviation

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ZeroAvia

We seek out early-stage startups between seed and series B with the potential to transform the industry. We dream big, so we are always open to funding pitches for ambitious projects.

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  • Industry Phase
  • Founded 2013
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  • Marta Rodriguez
  • Matt Moreti
  • Laura Vendrell
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  • Norris Koppel
  • Paula Mertosi
Why we invest

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How can we help?

What stage do you invest in a start-up?

We tend to invest at Seed to Series B, but for the right team we can also consider a later stage investment. We like to invest as part of a balanced round, either with other strategics or financial investors.

Do you have to complete the Hangar 51 accelerator to receive venture capital investment from Hangar 51 Ventures?

No. We think that the accelerator is a great way for us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us and understand how and where we can add value to your business. For this reason, about half our investments are companies who have completed the accelerator, but this isn’t a prerequisite for investment.

Do you provide companies with anything beyond funding?

Yes. We have been proud to be the first customer for a number of companies in our portfolio. The entrepreneurs that we have backed have received help on product development, market insights, industry expertise, partnerships with our operating companies and access to our network. While we don’t have a standard approach, we do whatever is possible to help the companies we back.

Do you lead investment rounds?

Occasionally. We think it’s good practice and helps build more resilient businesses to get backing from a wide range of investors. We like to co-invest, ideally where a traditional venture capital firm with a good reputation is leading. Where a partnership is highly strategic for both sides, we will consider leading a round of investment.

Does my company have to be based in the UK or Spain?

Although we are based in Europe, we are a global industry. We invest in companies all over the world.