This founder of a Sydney startup has just been selected for the Airbus BizLab accelerator in Germany

A Sydney-based technology startup, SkyBuys, has been selected for the global aerospace accelerator program Airbus BizLab in Germany.

The 26-year-old founder, Alec Kemmery, could fly a plane before he could drive a car. He also has a Masters (Science & Technology) with an aviation major from the University of NSW.

The SkyBuys App, currently in beta testing, allows a traveller do all their duty free shopping, linking purchases online, in-flight or in-store and arranging delivery or pickup.

Kemmery came up with the idea for the app because he couldn’t understand why the benefits of e-commerce weren’t available in duty free.

And the opportunity is enormous. About one-third of travellers buy duty free with the average spend at $100. This means the global market is about $US70 billion.

“The Airbus BizLab program is an amazing opportunity for us, and will give us access to a world leading manufacturer, along with international airlines and other industry partners,” says Kemmery.

“SkyBuys works with airlines to grow ancillary revenue, and to improve the passenger journey. So I believe we are a great fit for Airbus BizLab, and we look forward to adding value to their clients too.”

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator where startups selected from around the world and Airbus intrapreneurs work together. The program includes funding to cover expenses and the option of investment into the startup. Read more

Chris Pash - Business Insider Australia - 25 Sep 2017

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