Seizing the Mothership Advantage: Airbus Launches Airbus Scale

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies were forced to reevaluate their business models and approach to innovation. European multinational aerospace leader, Airbus, saw an opportunity to evolve how it approaches its internal and external innovation activities. On November 3, 2021, Airbus announced the launch of its new innovation unit, Airbus Scale, during a Mach49 panel at the Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit in London. 

During the panel discussion, What’s next after CVC? Building your venture factory, moderated by Linda Yates and Paul Holland, Christian Lindener, VP of Innovation & Company Building and Global Head of Airbus Scale at Airbus, shared that Airbus Scale will leverage internal resources to effectively expand and grow Airbus’ business. Airbus Scale will also converge and diversify intrapreneurship and start-ups to build and grow co-funded, profitable, full-fledged businesses that further extend Airbus’ competitive advantage as a global leader in the aerospace industry.

On the heels of Airbus’ commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and launch the first zero emission aircraft by 2035, Airbus Scale will also prioritize sustainability and decarbonization. As a corporation, Airbus is on a mission to create safer and more sustainable air travel for future generations, and company building will support this larger business goal.

At Mach49, nearly all of our clients are focused on sustainability venture building and investments and we are thrilled to partner with Airbus to help enable a more effective innovation ecosystem that benefits humanity and seizes the mothership advantage -- Airbus expertise, talent, customers and channels. For Airbus Scale, prioritizing innovation from within is vital to the innovation unit’s design, launch, and execution.

With a 100 percent focus on execution and a 90 percent success rate, Mach49 has a proven track record of utilizing its robust, scalable, and repeatable method for bold, game-changing venture creation. From climate change to disease to poverty to economic inequality, we believe that large, growth-oriented  companies like Airbus can tackle our planet’s most challenging problems.

Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you seize your mothership advantage.

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