“Boost the future”, the Air France’s intrapreneurship program is the high point of an ambitious innovation policy

Founded in 1933, Air France is France’s leading airline as well as a global leader in its three main business lines: passenger air transport (more than 100 million passengers per year), air freight (more than 1 million tons of products transported each year) and aircraft maintenance.

Industry: Aeronautics

The challenge

Always keen to improve operations and offer new services to customers, Air France has an ambitious innovation policy. In this context, the company launched in 2018 the “Boost the Future” program.

The aim is to launch the first intrapreneurship approach within Air France and to successfully source projects that generate new business values for the company.

“Innovation can come from all levels and employees are often heavily engaged when they want to develop their company. That is why we made a call to our employees so we can bring out new innovations for the benefit of the company, customers and partners,” explains Marine Gall, VP Innovation and Intrapreneurship Programs at Air France.

The framework

The aim of the program is to source opportunities generating business for the Group.

The program responds to a 4 steps workflow:

  • Introductory meetings for employees to discover the program
  • Pitch sessions to present the different projects
  • A voting session by a panel of experts and managers
  • An incubation phase followed by an acceleration phase for the selected projects

The collaboration with Yumana

“Listening to ideas and sorting through them to select the most interesting projects requires the use of specific tools to make the process a success. ” Marine Gall

Discovered through the Air France campus, the Yumana intrapreneurship platform was the perfect answer to the need. Beyond the technical delivery of the product, Yumana supported Air France upstream of its program, providing advice for the design and structure to ensure that the program is running efficiently. Then, Yumana deployed the platform in a short period of time and continues to propose evolution to improve the sourcing, evaluation and projects monitoring.

Les résultats



Nearly 200 projects per season and 6000 participants (sourcing, collaboration…)


Each season, between 6 and 8 accelerated projects are then incubated and supported


Creation of the 1st subsidiary resulting from the intrapreneurship program
« We were surprised by the quality of the proposals submitted, which the trades had not considered! Intrapreneurship has proved to be a real asset for the company and has enabled us not only to identify a large number of ideas, but also to take advantage of very rapid development cycles. Thanks to “Boost the Future”, Air France listened to the weak signals to bring out the proposals of very loyal employees who were sometimes not sufficiently listened to in the traditional “process”. »

Marine Gall, VP Innovation and Intrapreneurship Programs, Air France