Show Highlights

Budding start-ups and their revolutionary technologies are shaking up the landscape across various sectors. Embracing these innovators as potential growth drivers of the industry, Singapore Airshow launched What’s Next Start-up Showcase in 2018, with a focus on areas of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Cyber Security. The inaugural showcase successfully featured nearly 70 start-ups from 9 countries, and will continue to offer an ideal launch-pad for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their latest work and products.

Beyond pitching to potential investors and accelerators, What’s Next serves as a unique platform for them to interact with industry heavyweights, share ideations and establish new business development leads.


Start-ups with product or technology of interest to the companies in the aviation and aerospace sectors are welcome to participate. These sectors are some of the earliest adopter of technology, and current areas garnering great interest include:


  • Data Analytics
  • Cyber Security
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Autonomous Systems


  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Composites
  • Alloys
  • Additive Manufacturing


To qualify, the start-up must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Company must be incorporated after 2014
  • Annual revenue of not more than USD 500,000
  • Less than 50 employees
  • First-time exhibitor at the Singapore Airshow



For us, it was a significant opportunity to get on a global stage. We were able to showcase our innovations to industry thought leaders, prospective clients and investors from Asia Pacific region and beyond. I would say exhibiting at What’s Next has broadened our scope of customers and generated good publicity, much beyond our expectations.


Definitely one of the best platforms for start-ups to gain exposure in the aerospace and defence industry. The event is topnotch, with a lot of buzz and activities. We met prospects from different levels of the value chain and generated very good leads! Highly recommended.