DETROIT — The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) has selected 23 start-ups to move on to the semifinals of its 11th annual competition, sponsored by SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance.
The 2019 GAMIC Semi-finalists, hailing from seven states and five countries, have a broad array of promising new technologies to advance the vehicles and transportation systems of the future.
To make it to the semifinals, the contestants competed in front of senior mobility judges from automakers and Tier 1 suppliers, as well as from the startup investment community, during quarterfinal rounds held late last year at Ann Arbor Spark, Techtown Detroit, SAE in San Jose, Calif., and online to include companies from India, Israel, Taiwan, and elsewhere. Judging criteria used to select the teams moving on to the Semi-finals included their business plans, their uniqueness, and the potential impact of their technologies to the mobility industry.
The 2019 GAMIC semifinals will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. There, the companies will compete using judging feedback from the quarterfinals, and counseling from more than 40 GAMIC mentors to improve their pitches. The top 12 teams will then advance to the GAMIC Finals at SAE International’s WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit’s Cobo Center April 9.