Soar into a sky full of untapped potential. Explore a fast-evolving yet competitive aviation industry, spot the golden opportunities, gear up to navigate challenges, and uncover the strategies to outpace competition.
Being a critical cog in the global transportation sector, the aviation industry is pulsating at the heart of global connectivity and commerce. Green fuel adoption, burgeoning passenger mobility, and digital transformations are driving the sector’s growth, making it a vibrant landscape ripe with opportunities. Like this, startups have a golden ticket to capitalize on SAFs development and supply, AI and data analytics, urban air mobility, VR and AR training, etc. Yes, clear skies ahead, yet with potential air pockets. Thus…
First, be ready to shell out. R&D of a new aircraft is not only a marathon of patience but also a cost-intensive activity (between $10B and $15B). Thus, startups should gear up to craft robust fundraising strategies and establish valuable alliances with industry titans like Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer.
Plus, staying competitive requires constant technological leapfrogging. And it may be a Herculean task for the new entrants due to a saturated market (over 1.5K startups) and resources given to established players. Thus…
Having propelled the growth of numerous businesses and crafted 600+ bulletproof market entry strategies and business models, at Waveup, we know how to play a fundraising game well, having our finger on the pulse of the aviation industry. Dig deeper into this flourishing landscape by checking our aviation market research.
The global aviation market size is forecasted to hit $433B by 2032.
The aviation industry supported over 65.5M jobs globally.
is the projected percentage of reduced net carbon emissions by 2050.
is the expected number of air passengers by 2037.
Investments in global aviation infrastructure are anticipated to reach over $1.2T by 2030.
Key verticals funds infusions flow to:
Opportunities are flourishing within the aviation industry, but so are the challenges.
Being a heavily regulated industry, the aviation sector poses stiff regulatory hurdles to both top market players and newcomers. After two crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft in 2018 and 2019, Boeing faced severe regulatory scrutiny, leading to certification investigations and FAA oversight. It was all followed by painful financial losses: a net loss of $636M plus $9.2B for compensation to airlines and suppliers.
The aviation industry is resource-intensive. And capital needed for developing a new model can burn a hole in your pocket. Data strikes hard as the development of a new commercial jet may cost from $10B to $15B, according to various industry estimates. Forming strategic alliances with top industry players may decrease the financial burden. Plus, aviation startups need to employ effective investment strategies to attract aviation VCs and secure funds.
No advancements, no traction—sounds like the motto of the aviation industry. Like this, startups need to stay ahead of the curve to remain competitive, which can be particularly challenging given the resources of established companies. Many new ventures focus on niche markets where they can develop specialized expertise. Among them are Joby Aviation and Lilium, which are already undergoing a certification process for eVTOL aircraft, aiming to revolutionize urban air mobility.
From diligent industry analysis to storytelling and financial forecasts, we’re helping founders crystallize and structure key business fundamentals and translate them into a compelling investment opportunity framed in a winning aviation pitch deck.
Evaluating potential investments, conducting due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies on their new fundraising rounds.
Discovering market opportunities in the market and developing execution strategies to build actionable and scalable blueprints for growth.
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The aviation industry presents a tempting arena for financing opportunities due to high capital investments, tech advancements, robust market growth, and global connectivity. Like this, the VCs will have not only lucrative financial returns but also foster worldwide networks.
In 2023, the aviation market size was over $334B, expected to grow annually at 2.95%. Being a fast growing and promising industry, the aviation sector provides numerous opportunities for startups to capitalize on, such as sustainability, digital transformation, UAM, MRO, air cargo and logistics, etc.
Raising funds for aviation startups can be quite challenging because the industry is capital-intensive, technically complex, and subject to strict regulatory requirements such as airworthiness certificates, operational safety regulations, and environmental regulations. Thus, startups need to know all the ins and outs of a fundraising game to communicate the value of their solutions to the VCs, sparking their enthusiasm to pour money into their project.
Normally, our experts finish all the documents in 14-21 days. But in case of project complexity or busy schedule, it might take a bit longer to finish the project. Thus, it’s better to negotiate the time completion in advance.
Many aviation pitch decks fall short in crafting engaging investment stories and captivating introductions. Relying solely on graphs, figures, charts, and excessive jargon is a mistake, as startups should aim to capture investors’ attention instead of drowning them in data. Plus, ‘Why now?’ and ‘What’s your mission/vision?’ questions lack coherent answers.
Aviation startups face significant hurdles like high capital needs and stringent regulations. To address these challenges, many companies establish strategic partnerships and tech collaborations, focus on sustainable technologies, and utilize robust business models.
The abundance of top players and startups (over 1.5K) makes the aviation market fiercely competitive, characterized by thin profit margins, high operational costs, and a constant race among companies to innovate and offer unique services to stand out.
Our specialists assist investors in pinpointing prosperous opportunities within the aviation sector. Thorough due diligence, informative and visually appealing pitch decks, and established connections between startups and VCs are only some of the services included in our investor package.
Yes, we do! Our team assists with aviation M&A by scouting for promising opportunities, evaluating them for potential success, and facilitating smooth partnerships that continue well after the deal is closed.
Surely! Our experts ensure connections between aviation VCs and startups. We start with evaluating your project for the team structure, product, and capital expected to be raised. Afterward, we guide you in partnering with the aviation VCs, fostering a productive relationship throughout and beyond the negotiation phase.
Certainly! Our specialists deliver customized insights into the dynamic aviation sector. Our in-depth research encompasses a thorough analysis of the industry landscape, competitive evaluations, and a broad market perspective, all designed to grant you a distinct edge. We leverage reliable data sources to help you recognize promising opportunities and potential challenges and identify current investment trends.
We offer comprehensive growth and fundraising assistance to newcomers in the aviation sector, guiding them seamlessly from the initial Pre-Seed phase all the way to Series C and beyond, leveraging our network and expertise to foster success and innovation at every step.
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