3D design tool developer Gravity Sketch is among a group of startups to be selected for the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Boeing Accelerator programme.
➨ Gravity Sketch will spend three months on the programme, which offers access to established aerospace players such as Boeing
➨ 268 startups applied for a spot on the programme, with only 10 making the final cut
➨ The London-based startup intends to use its participation in the programme to better establish clear use cases of its tools in the design process
London-based Gravity Sketch, along with nine startups focusing on aerospace, will spend three months establishing commercial relationships with the likes of Boeing and GKN Aerospace, raising follow-on funding, and engaging with the wider UK sector.
Enterprise customers already using Gravity Sketch’s 3D design tools—which allow designers to begin drafting in three dimensions while collaborating and co-creating—include Ford, which became the first automotive manufacturer to begin working with the London-based startup last year.
Competition for a spot on the ATI Boeing Accelerator programme was fierce. Out of 268 applicants, Gravity Sketch was invited to attend a two-day interview and pitching session in London.
The group of 10 startups chosen are developing solutions in areas such as supply chain management, materials, workforce productivity and training, and maintenance, repair and operations.
Gary Elliott, chief executive officer at the ATI, explained why the programme was set up and its potential for the aerospace sector: “We created this programme because we are looking for great technology from startups who have a different approach to innovation and will introduce a new way of thinking into aerospace and aviation.”
“We are excited about working with new entrepreneurs with a great level of energy and different ways of approaching innovation.”
Gravity Sketch intends to use its participation in the programme to better establish clear use cases of its tools in the design process through paid proof of concepts, and to develop its value proposition in the aerospace sector.
Oluwaseyi Sosanya, chief executive officer and co-founder of Gravity Sketch, said: “It is a real honour to be a part of this programme.”
“For the past year, we have been working closely with industrial partners to better understand friction points at the various stages of design and development of their products. We are excited to tackle these challenges head-on and find ways in which Gravity Sketch and our other products can solve these pain points.”
Image credit: Gravity Sketch / Caption: Co-founder Daniela Paredes Fuentes pitching at the ATI Boeing Accelerator selection day