SAUDI ARABIA. Airbus Middle East today announced the 20 shortlisted teams that will proceed to the final stages of the ‘Entaliq with Airbus’ programme in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Comprising Saudi nationals located in KSA, GCC and the USA, the 20 teams were shortlisted from more than 70 teams who submitted their ideas over the past three months, covering innovations in Business Models, Design Engineering, Flight Operations, Manufacturing and Passenger Experience.
“We were extremely impressed by the quality of the innovative ideas, commitment and talent that were demonstrated in the business models submitted by the Saudi youth. It was challenging for the judges to shortlist the top 20 teams,” said Fouad Attar, Managing Director, Airbus Middle East.
Over the past few months, Airbus held exclusive workshops for applicants in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam to assist in the development of concepts and ideas in the run-up to the third and final phase of this program.
The shortlisted teams will now take part in a two-week mentorship programme where they will receive hands-on training in aviation, innovation and business planning from industry experts and veterans.
“‘Entaliq with Airbus’ has not only succeeded in bringing a group of leading institutions that support the growth of small businesses and innovations in KSA, but has also provided a platform for the youth in Saudi and the Middle East to discover their capabilities in STEM and aviation industries. The success of such a project demonstrates the profound contribution that all of the strategic and community partners have put forth to help encourage the younger generation to develop skills that will continue to grow and advance the aviation industry,” added Fouad.
Mentors include representatives and officials from Airbus Middle East and strategic partners like TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudia Airlines, amongst others. Community partners including ALTRAN, Aviation Australia Riyadh College, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and Qotuf, Saudi’s leading think-tank incubation firm, will provide support through one-to-one mentorship and knowledge sharing to enhance the learning experience of the applicants.
The teams are one step closer to the opportunity of becoming one of six finalist teams that will have the opportunity to present their ideas in front of juries and see their business plans come to life in the aviation and aerospace sector.
The final showcase phase of ‘Entaliq with Airbus’ will see professional juries consisting of officials from Airbus, TAQNIA Aeronautics, Saudia and other aviation industry experts, who will select the best three teams that will see their ideas come to life in support of the initiative’s community partners.
Photo Caption: Fouad Attar, Managing Director, Airbus Middle East (Credit: Airbus)
For more information on ‘Entaliq with Airbus’, please visit www.entaliq-with-airbus.com