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If you’re a developer with a great idea for a new mobility app…or if you’re an entrepreneur, with a great idea for a product, service or business that help solves mobility challenges — then Detroit wants you!

Ford Motor Company is kicking off GoDetroit, an innovation challenge designed to stimulate new ideas and find ways to better connect Detroit communities using innovative transportation and mobility solutions.

To help Detroit residents get access to the transit options they need, Ford is asking startups and app developers to create new apps that help residents get around efficiently and safely to all the places they need to go—school, work, healthcare appointments, entertainment venues, parks, and everything in between.

Startups can submit ideas designed to improve the safety, access and availability of transportation solutions throughout Detroit. This innovation challenge is designed to stimulate new ideas and find ways to better connect Detroit communities using innovative mobility solutions.

Semifinalists will then work with Ford mobility experts, Detroit stakeholders and me (Ted Serbinski, MD of Techstars Mobility) to refine submissions. Semifinalists will present their solutions to a panel of Ford experts and city representatives who will select six winners. Winners will receive cash rewards totaling $60,000 to bring their idea to life.

Thanks again to our partner, Ford, who is consistently finding new ways to engage and support the startup community in Detroit!

Community info sessions begin Wednesday, December 7. REGISTER HERE.

For more information, or to participate in the Go Detroit innovation challenge, visit GoDetroit.


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Ted Serbinski
(@tedserbinski) Managing Director of the Techstars Mobility Accelerator. Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit’s automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence.