2 min read The aerospace sector is a rapidly growing and underfunded space. This makes for profitable investing. But proceed with caution. As always, you need to do your due diligence before diving in. In this article, we share a brief overview of the current aerospace industry and what you need to know before investing.
What is the Aerospace Industry?
The aerospace industry deals with companies that research, manufacture, and employ flight vehicles. This ranges from commercial use to military use to space travel. This space is currently on the rise in the investing realm due to the large part it plays in US exports and the increased interest in space exploration.
Current Trends in the Aerospace Sector
Sustainability is a huge area of interest. Two or three years ago the commercial aviation industry was trying to ask the question: “How do we be part of the wide solution space dealing with climate change?” This refers to creating better outcomes in terms of their carbon footprint and increasing the efficiency and sustainability of their engines, operations, and fuels. Unique challenges exist in certifying aircraft and engines within the existing airspace construct. Being able to understand the nuances wherein small changes can actually yield significant benefits is what will set some manufacturers ahead in this space, making them a valuable investment opportunity.
Besides sustainability, digital twin and digital threat are most certainly areas in both manufacturings and in the maintenance space that are coming a lot more interesting. These concepts revolve around creating not just better safety outcomes in the production and maintenance of these systems, but also increasing efficiencies when it comes to sourcing and assembling these very complex machinery to perform their various transportation outcomes.
Deal Flow in Network VS. Proprietary Deal Flow
Whare are investors in the space currently doing? Do they rely mostly on deal flow based on their network, or do they also have proprietary deal flow? We talked with three experts in the field, and they all shared a similar answer. It turns out, they are engaging in both. Working within their networks, especially with universities, However, they are still incorporating proprietary deal flow. As said by expert Greet Carper- ” We’ll take deal flow where we can find it.”
Investing in Aerospace
When investing in aerospace, patience is fundamental. From an angel perspective, it’s not simple to make other networks or other partners in our common sport of investing. It can be seen to be difficult to invest in something that does not have that reversal beachhead market.
It’s also important for investors to keep in mind when it comes to the space travel niche of the aero investing space that the challenges of space are extremely technically dense. Try to recommend the company you invest in to not go about their journey on their own, but rather to start looking at partnering up. If you see that in order for you to get some solutions out of space, you might need that infrastructure piece, or, you might need other components, or, you might need other things that create that ecosystem. If you can encourage the company to start thinking like a system, you’re more likely to find a way to succeed.
In essence, aerospace investors need patience, an open mind, and a willingness to go the extra mile.
Hall T. Martin is the founder and CEO of the TEN Capital Network. TEN Capital has been connecting startups with investors for over ten years. You can connect with Hall about fundraising, business growth, and emerging technologies via LinkedIn or email: firstname.lastname@example.org