AEROVATE 2019 – GECAS launches new aviation innovation competition. #Aviation #GECAS

GECAS, a world-leading aviation lessor and financier, is looking for the next generation of aviation innovators in an exciting new competition, Aerovate 2019.

Aerovate challenges third-level students to foster ideas that will revolutionize the world of aviation, and that have the potential to develop into a real-life business opportunity.

The winner or winning team will receive €5,000, as well as the possibility of further developing their idea through an internship with GECAS. There will also be two runners-up prizes of €1,000, on offer.

Speaking at the launch, Cronan Enright, Chief Marketing Officer, GECAS said,

“The aviation industry is synonymous with change and development. It’s hard to predict what it will look like in ten years’ time or envisage the innovations to come. However, just as the first aviation pioneers did, we must also continue to look to the future and nurture this culture of innovation.

 “Therefore, we are looking for people to think outside of the box and would encourage all ideas that are original and creative, and most importantly, propel the aviation industry into the future.”

Pictured L-R Brian Nash, Ballyneety Co Limerick, Jane Doohan, Dundalk and Padraig Cronin, Mallow Co Cork, all CoOp students from the University of Limerick .Pic Arthur Ellis.

The competition is open to individuals and groups of up to four people. To enter, students must submit their ideas through written and video format before a shortlist of the top five entries is invited to present to an expert panel of judges at the GECAS offices in Shannon.

The closing date for entries is midnight, Friday 27th September. For more information and to submit an entry, please visit

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