The San Diego Airport Innovation Lab is housed in the former commuter terminal. The space gives startups room to test their solutions on a baggage carousel and ticket counters while receiving guidance from airport leadership. Courtesy of the San Diego International Airport

The San Diego Airport Innovation Lab is housed in the former commuter terminal. The space gives startups room to test their solutions on a baggage carousel and ticket counters while receiving guidance from airport leadership. Courtesy of the San Diego International Airport

Five new startups will join the San Diego International Airport’s accelerator program this summer. The Airport Innovation Lab picked companies for its second cohort since it launched the program in 2018.

The 16-week program will give startups opportunities to test and develop their products at SAN. They will have access to a 3,500-square-foot “mini-terminal” with ticket counters and a baggage claim carousel housed within the airport’s decommissioned commuter terminal. Airport leadership also provide startups with guidance and connections, which can be critical in gaining business in a highly-regulated airport environment.

This summer’s cohort includes:

• AirporTour, a San Diego-based company that is building interactive airport guides with audio tours.

• Ciari Guitars Inc., a San Diego-based startup that makes foldable travel guitars. The company plans to test a guitar kiosk where travelers can play guitar or listen to music.

• HOHM Inc., a San Diego startup making sleeping pods where travelers can rest from 30-minutes to four hours.

• InnoTech Systems LLC, a company building autonomous robot guides to offer travel assistance and help visitors navigate the airport.

• Nuuve Corp., a San Diego company that allows excess energy stored in the batteries of electric vehicles to be sold back to the grid when energy is in peak demand.