MWAA Eyes Entrepreneurial Connections for Airports

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has inked a strategic alliance with 1776, an international firm that promotes the growth of startup companies.

Under a marketing and collaboration agreement, 1776 and the authority will identify and mentor entrepreneurial firms that are pursuing new technologies and processes to improve and streamline the efficiency, effectiveness and convenience of air travel and related forms of transportation that also could benefit other airports, transit agencies and organizations that are part of the broader air-travel community.

“In today’s rapidly changing world of business and commerce, it is imperative that transportation providers, such as airports, take advantage of new technologies that help us meet the demands and expectations of our increasingly mobile customers,” MWAA President and CEO Jack Potter stated.

MWAA Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Jerome L. Davis noted that companies affiliated with 1776, such as travel-related mobile-application developer Airside Mobile, already are improving the air travel experience by introducing technologies such as Automated Passport Control devices that speed the processing of international passengers arriving at Dulles.

Launched by cofounders Donna Harris and Evan Burfield and headquartered in Washington, DC, 1776 serves hundreds of startups and institutions worldwide through its innovation curriculum, mentorship, investment and programming. For more information, go to

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