AN Edinburgh-based tech start-up is to join world-class players in aerospace after securing a place on a Boeing accelerator programme.

Anomalous, whose artificial intelligence-based software detects defects in aircraft parts, beat off international competition from over 250 applicants to the inaugural Boeing and Aerospace Technology Institute programme.

The ATI Boeing Accelerator will allow Anomalous to establish relationships with global aerospace companies, win investment and engage with the wider sector.

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Starting in January, Anomalous founders Euan Wielewski and Matt Davies will spend three months working in London with Boeing’s global network of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and investors within the sphere of Industry 4.0.

Mr Wielewski said: “Our software helps inspection and maintenance teams find problems in any number of aircraft parts, from fan blades to other key engine components.

“The use of AI can make inspection faster and more accurate - an advantage that can save money, and even lives."

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He said: “Being selected for the ATI Boeing Accelerator is a huge opportunity for Anomalous and great validation of all the hard work we have put in over the last year. Working with the world’s biggest aerospace company through the accelerator programme will give us a fantastic platform to further develop our product and scale our business.”

Anomalous will also receive an £100,000 equity investment from Boeing HorizonX Ventures along with first-hand access to ATI, Boeing and GKN Aerospace strategists and technical experts.