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Fiumicino, 6 February 2023 - The new company, synergic with the airport's operational and strategic needs, will also aim to operate as an engine for the development of young entrepreneurship, ensuring support for the most virtuous and prospective start-ups, accompanying them in the integration with the business and in the management of investment processes, accelerating their business growth process and the commercialisation of the innovative solution devised.
"The creation of ADR Ventures," said Marco Troncone, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, "an ad hoc Corporate Venture Capital company to finance innovative solutions in the travel sector, confirms the solidity of ADR's Open Innovation strategy and our determination to play our part in ensuring the development of an advanced ecosystem for innovation in the sector. It follows the recent launch of the start-up accelerator here in Fiumicino, whose first call for ideas yielded extremely positive results, precisely to engage high-potential start-ups, provide them with support and invest in the projects with the greatest potential. From now on, thanks to ADR Ventures, in addition to the support of expertise and contamination provided by the 'immersion' of start-ups in the airport, we will be able to provide them with financial support to further accelerate their growth'.
ADR Ventures will be an additional tool to help new start-ups that will have the opportunity to work on their projects directly from Aeroporti di Roma's Innovation Hub, the first industrial accelerator in the heart of an airport, with unique characteristics in Europe and an international slant, launched last October at Fiumicino's Terminal 1; an ecosystem of approximately six hundred and fifty square metres dedicated to creating new synergies, with the mission of generating value by identifying the startuppers of the future who will contribute to developing solutions capable of redefining industry paradigms.
The new company's objectives will also include managing investments in the capital of start-ups through due diligence, monitoring companies in which investments have been planned, and identifying through dedicated scouting potential target companies characterised by growth prospects and functional to the realisation of new services and solutions to build, together with Aeroporti di Roma, the airport of the future. The activity of ADR Ventures will not be limited to the provision of venture capital, but will also cover a range of activities related and instrumental to the realisation of the business idea.
"With this new company," said Emanuele Calà, Quality and Innovation Director of Aeroporti di Roma and director of ADR Ventures, "we offer further support to start-ups, investing in their ideas developed within the Fiumicino Innovation HUB not only in economic terms but also in terms of know-how and skills, fostering the development and growth of new companies and entrepreneurs to accompany the digital transformation of Fiumicino and Ciampino airports.
Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and carries out other activities related and complementary to airport management. Fiumicino, the first and only airport in Italy with a Skytrax rating of 5 stars for its excellent service quality standards, has two passenger terminals and is dedicated to business and leisure customers on domestic, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express-couriers and General Aviation activities. In 2019, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 49.4 million passengers with more than 240 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome, thanks to the approximately 100 airlines operating at the two airports (In 2022, following the effects induced by Covid - 19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded approximately 29.4 million passengers while Ciampino airport closed the year with 3.5 million passengers).Over the last five years, Aeroporti di Roma has received numerous awards, recognitions and quality certificates. The main ones are the AIRPORT SERVICE QUALITY AWARD, awarded by ACI World for the category of European airports with more than 40 million passengers per year, for the years 2017 to 2021 for the high level of passenger satisfaction, and the ACI EUROPE BEST AIRPORT AWARD, category of airports with more than 40 million passengers per year, for the years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022: the award, in this case, rewards the achievement of excellence in several disciplines, including security, operations, infrastructure, community relations, environmental awareness and customer care. As a result of these achievements, in 2022 ACI World included ADR in the 'Director General's Roll of Excellence', a roll of excellence to which only 64 out of more than 18,000 airports worldwide belong for the very high levels of quality offered to their passengers. In 2017, SKYTRAX awarded Aeroporti di Roma the 4 STARS AIRPORT RATING, a certificate of excellence for its commitment to providing passengers with the best possible experience. In 2018, Skytrax also awarded ADR WORLD'S MOST IMPROVED AIRPORT on the assessment of services experienced by passengers at various airports around the world. In 2022, ADR received the BEST AIRPORT STAFF IN EUROPE award from Skytrax for meeting precise parameters of friendliness and efficiency of customer service staff at the air terminal. During the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, Aeroporti di Roma distinguished itself with numerous health and safety awards: from ACI the AIRPORT HEALTH ACCREDITATION by ACI World on the compliance with health measures and protocols for 2020 and 2021, AIRPORT HEALTH MEASURES AUDIT PROGRAMME - ACI BUREAU VERITAS for 2020 on the effective implementation on the field of measures to combat COVID-19, by Skytrax COVID-19 SKYTRAX AIRPORT RATING 2020 on the efficiency of procedures and the COVID-19 AIRPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD 2021 for high health, hygiene and safety protocols during the pandemic. RINA also awarded Aeroporti di Roma the BIOSAFETY TRUST CERTIFICATION in 2020. ADR also distinguished itself in terms of sustainability by receiving the LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 2020. In 2021, linked to the SESAR - Single European Sky project, the ACI EUROPE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AWARD was awarded, recognising the airport's investment in the brand new Airport Operation Centre, and the implementation of the new innovation model centred on Open Innovation. In 2022 Plug and Play Tech Center, the largest private investment fund in Silicon Valley, awarded ADR the "Corporate Innovation Award" for its commitment to promoting open innovation initiatives and building an innovative "airport of the future".
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