Business Factory Aero – BFAero is a vertical accelerator originating from Xunta de Galicia’s Civil UAVs Initiative and fostering the creation of innovative companies in the Galician aeronautics and unmanned vehicles sector. It is supported by two leading international companies in the field, Indra and Babcock, but is also open to any institution or company looking for a place in this open innovation ecosystem.

Programme guidelines

FAQs
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Design and production

Design and production of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and USVs (unmanned surface vehicles), including mechanics and related avionics and naval technologies.

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Air navigation / navigation

Air navigation / navigation operations, maintenance and management for fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Automatization

Automatization systems for unmanned vehicles’ air navigation / navigation operations.

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Data and information

Unmanned vehicle data obtention, processing, and exploitation.

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Industrialisation

Industrial materials and processes to produce structures and components for the aeronautics and unmanned vehicles market.

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Payloads and systems

Design, production, and installation of payloads and on-board systems for unmanned vehicles.

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Training tools

Platforms, tools, or devices to provide certifiable training for pilots and mechanics of unmanned vehicles.

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Flight termination

Flight termination systems for professional-grade UAVs operating beyond visual line of sight.

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Security

Systems for drone neutralisation, security systems for unmanned vehicles’ communications, and cybersecurity for UAVs and USVs.

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Enabling technologies

Enabling technologies for the field of aeronautics and unmanned vehicles, such as blockchain, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, simulation, and image capture and processing.

WHAT DO WE OFFER

INCUBATION

Support programme with two 12-month phases with a mid-term evaluation, designed for start-ups, spin-offs, and spin-outs providing solutions in the established key areas, and devoted to help participating projects validate with the market their value proposals and business models, and achieve their first sales in the aeronautics and unmanned vehicles field.

ACCELERATION

12-month support programme for newly established companies with proven business models and clients in the aeronautics and unmanned vehicles market, having proposals in the established key areas and looking for achieving consolidated and recurrent business models.

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

Calendario del programa

FACILITIES

FUNDACIÓN CEL INICIATIVAS POR LUGO

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43°00'12.2"N 7°34'06.4"W


Offices, meeting rooms, coworking.

ROZAS AIRFIELD

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43°07'04.7"N 7°27'55.5"W


Aerodrome equipment.

WHY BFAero

Aiming at becoming the benchmark accelerator in the field of aeronautics and unmanned vehicles, BFAero is supported by leading companies Indra and Babcock, as well as Xunta de Galicia and Civil UAVs Initiative. It provides to participating projects the following:

Salida Comercial
MARKET ENTRY

An entry to the aeronautics and unmanned vehicles’ value chain.

Tutorización
Mentoring

Insider mentors (from Indra and Babcock) and continuous support.

Formación
TRAINING

Tailored training plans to cover each project’s needs.

Instalaciones y medios
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

Access to vehicles (Indra’s MRI and Targus, and Babcock’s LUA), equipment (CTAG’s engine testbed and other Civil UAVs Initiative’s equipment), and facilities at Rozas Airfield.

Formación de pilotos
PILOT TRAINING

Flight hours and certifications for UAV pilots.

Espacio
WORK PLACE

Private offices, meeting rooms and coworking space at the business nursery of Fundación CEL Iniciativas por Lugo.

Financiación
FUNDING

Up to 100.000 € non-refundable in incubation and up to 50.000 € in acceleration, equity loans, and other deals with third parties.

Ciclo Completo
FULL-CYCLE SUPPORT

24-month incubation programme and 12-month acceleration programme covering all evolution phases, form ideation to business consolidation.

Networking
NETWORKING

Contacts with all players in the ecosystem.

IMPACT

BFAero is a collaborative project originating in Xunta de Galicia’s resolution of fostering the aeronautics and unmanned vehicles sector, as well as the driving role of two leading companies in the field, Indra and Babcock. It is expected that the following impacts will be produced:


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