Building Better: Airbus Ventures & LeoLabs

Welcome to the NVCA Blog series, Building Better, where we celebrate the dynamic relationship between our VC members and their innovative portfolio companies around the nation. For today’s Building Better, we spoke with Thomas d’Halluin, Managing Partner at Airbus Ventures, and with Daniel Ceperley, Founder and CEO of LeoLabs, an Airbus Ventures portfolio company. Learn about their partnership in the Q&A below! 

Airbus Ventures: Thomas d’Halluin

Give us some background on Airbus Ventures: How did the firm start, what is your mission and how does the firm strive to meet its goals?

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Airbus Ventures is a fast-moving, early-to-growth-stage venture capital firm that independently funds and supports startups impacting the aerospace industry. Born as the autonomous venture arm of aerospace industry leader Airbus SE, Airbus Ventures recognizes that new and fast-accelerating technologies reshaping aerospace require newly inspired, ever-curious innovators and entrepreneurs that are untiring in their pursuit of excellence.

From its earliest days, Airbus Ventures has embraced the heritage of its mothership Airbus. Building on this rich foundation, the firm recently announced its latest fund, Airbus Ventures Fund III, fostering a network of partners embarking on a joint mission to accelerate humanity’s ascent to deep space, while striving to protect and preserve the planet. Since 2020, the Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (Mitsubishi UFJ Lease), and Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd. (FGL) have invested in Fund III, together with US and EU investors. The team (Read more...)