Aviator, entrepreneur, and investor – Cyrus Sigari has committed his life’s work to extending the benefits of mobility to all of humanity. Sigari is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the future of mobility, particularly Advanced Air Mobility(AAM), which is forecasted by Morgan Stanley to be a $1.4 Trillion market by 2040.
Sigari is Co-founder and Managing Partner of UP.Partners, a venture capital firm investing in technologies that move people and goods cleaner, faster, safer and at lower cost – on the ground, air, sea, and space. UP.Partners most recent fund which closed in October of 2021 saw commitments in excess of $230M with investors like Alaska Airlines and Toyota to name a few.
In support of his work at UP.Partners, Sigari led the creation of the UP.Summit, which has become the definitive gathering for leaders in the world of transportation – the most recent occurring in Bentonville, Arkansas in June of 2022 in partnership with the Walton family and Perot family. The prior year’s event generated over $500M of direct investments into the companies that presented at the UP.Summit.
In 2022, Sigari was appointed as Chairman of the Arkansas Council on Future Mobility by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. In this capacity Sigari has been charged with laying out and leading the statewide strategy for Arkansas to be prepared to support the rapidly changing world of future mobility.
Sigari is also a global leader in the business of private aviation. As the Executive Chairman and co-founder of jetAVIVA, Sigari grew jetAVIVA to be one of the largest sellers of business aircraft in the world, with annual sales in excess of $500M USD
Sigari has been flying airplanes and helicopters for more than 30 years and has accumulated many thousands of hours of flying experience. He is an instructor pilot and rated on 13 different jets, including the Boeing 747. Sigari is a graduate of Purdue University’s prestigious Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering program.
Sigari is also an Ironman triathlete and self-admitted adventure junkie.