DETROIT, January 8, 2018 – The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) has selected 20 innovative start-ups to move on to the Semi-finals its 10th annual competition, which is sponsored by SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance. The 2018 GAMIC Semi-finalists come from eight U.S. states and five other countries from around the world. All have promising new technologies to advance the vehicles and transportation systems of the future.
To make it to the Semi-finals, the contestants competed in front of 15 judges from OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, as well as the startup investment community, during six Quarter-final rounds in late 2017. These events were held in Metro Detroit, Mich.; Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and virtually by WebEx. Judges from each event scored the teams and chose the top companies to move on to the Semi-finals based on their business plans and the potential impact of their technologies to the mobility industry.
The 2018 GAMIC Semi-finals will take place at Walsh College in Troy, Mich. on Feb. 23. There the companies will compete using feedback from the Quarter-finals judges and expert counseling from over 40 GAMIC mentors to improve their pitches. The top teams will then advance to the GAMIC Finals at SAE’s WCX World Congress in Detroit’s Cobo Center on April 10.
Vehicle Electrification, V2X Communication and Advanced Mobility Advanced Materials, Sensors, Actuators an d Manufacturing Processes Infotainment, Auto Consumer / Value Add and Value Chain / New Business Models New High-Value, Disruptive Technology Innovations
Through the competition, all GAMIC finalists receive exposure to senior executives of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with decision-making responsibility, budgets, and the need for the types of technologies our winners offer.
Previous GAMIC winners and competitors have gone on to greater success, including inking licensing contracts, launching their products faster, and obtaining additional development funding due to their enhanced visibility.
Major sponsors for GAMIC 2018 include ESG Automotive and Sterne Kessler.
The Global Automotive & Mobility Challenge, or GAMIC, is an annual competition for early-stage automotive and mobility companies with new technologies. It was created to: identify innovative companies from around the world; cultivate new technologies and solutions; and hasten their adoption into the automotive industry. Participants get exposure to over 15,000 mobility experts at the GAMIC Finals during SAE International’s WCX World Congress in April.
GAMIC is a sponsored activity of the MI Innovation Alliance, a 501-c-3 corporation.