The Airbus 4SEA2025 program is an open innovation initiative that intends to develop future maritime solutions for upcoming challenges of the maritime industry; be it for ports, shipping lines, offshore industry and governmental agencies.

Airbus has a global maritime footprint through its extensive ground, coastal and satellite surveillance capability. This is complemented by an extended range of products and expertise covering Vessel Traffic Management, Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Cyber Security, Environmental Monitoring and Artificial Intelligence. We value innovation as we push towards the continuous satisfaction of our global customer base.
Help us to 4sea the future and let’s grow together!

Does your company have the potential to support the Maritime domain by providing innovative solutions in the fields of Maritime Safety, Cyber, Security and Efficiency? Take a bold step and work with Airbus – one of the most successful maritime security system suppliers in the world – as a partner or customer.

Are you curious to find out more about Airbus Maritime activities? – Watch this video about OceanFinder or visit this website.

What We Offer

There are many reasons to take part! Seize the opportunity to meet with Airbus top management and key experts to showcase your solutions and their relevance to the 4SEA2025 program and become a key partner of the Airbus Maritime ecosystem.

What We Are Looking For

Innovations that make a difference

Airbus is looking for start-ups and innovative SMEs with outstanding solutions that will help us shape the 4SEA2025 program at the Airbus Maritime Innovation Forum 2020. Both, technical innovations and new business models that improve customer value and solves maritime customer pain points are welcomed and invited to participate.

The selection criteria for the challenge is focusing on the three following areas (but not exclusively):


Airbus is interested in holistic approaches to further improve global maritime safety as we do in aerospace.
We are looking especially for solutions that facilitate automation of ship operations that can help reduce the impact of human error in the industry.

Maritime and Cyber Security

We are on the lookout for new concepts and ideas that further strengthen our leading maritime security product portfolio.
Areas of particular interest include solutions based on artificial intelligence as well as sensors with increased range and coverage.
Furthermore we are interested in working with partners that have already a footprint onboard ships networks (for IT/OT/IoT/IIoT).

Shipping Efficiency

We are seeking innovations that support the reduction of operating cost – particularly focusing on the optimization of fuel consumption, improvements around weather routing and end-to-end efficiency for port management – in order to support global world trade in a sustainable way.

Maturity Level

Matching the following criteria?

  • You have an unique and innovative solution in terms of technology and/or the business model.
  • You can prove the maturity of your solution by demonstrating that it has been successfully tested in a customer relevant environment.
  • You already have references from business partners and customers.
  • Your company is already selling or is planning to do so in the near future.

Yes? Then your company is the perfect profile for a partnership us!

Program & Location

Airbus Maritime Innovation Forum 2020

Day 1 (afternoon)

  • Individual briefing and coaching on potential synergies and company pitch
  • Networking session with Airbus representatives

Day 2:

  • Start-up pitches
  • Round-Table Meetings for potential partnership
  • Award session

Selected teams for partnerships will be invited to join a further extensive workshop with the relevant business units to convergence on mutual business opportunities.


Taking place on the 2nd and 3rd March 2020.


Munich-Taufkirchen, Germany, at the Airbus Defence and Space Headquarters.

The official conference language will be English.


Apply Now

Interested in participating at our 4SEA2025 program?

Please use our application form to apply. We ask that you submit your contact details along with a detailed description of your solution. In addition, please specify how you envision cooperation with Airbus.

The application deadline is December 18, 2019.

Contact us!

Any Questions regarding the 4SEA2025 program? Don‘t hesitate to contact us!

The application process is managed by our cooperation partner Munich Network.

In case of any questions regarding the program, please contact our cooperation partner Munich Network.

Munich Network – Netzwerk München e.V.

Katharina Hickel
Director Innovation Scouting & Sourcing
Rosenheimer Straße 145i
81671 Munich

+49 89 63025342