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Applications are now open for the 3rd Techstars Mobility program in Detroit.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve opened applications for the 2017 class of Techstars Mobility. We are looking for startups building technologies that impact how people and goods move around across all modes of transportation (including pedestrian). This encompasses a wide range of industries including automotive, transportation, smart city, energy, logistics, supply chain and travel. Technologies include software and hardware using artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning, VR, AR, robotics, autonomous, electric, shared, and connected. You can apply online hereApplications are open through April 9th.

We’re also excited to welcome next47, Siemen’s new corporate venture unit, to our consortium of corporate partners. This new partnership will further help us support companies in the smart city and mobility verticals. Learn more about the partnership here.

NAIAS 2017

In early January, Techstars Mobility partnered with The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to bring startups from all over the world to Detroit to showcase their innovative mobility technologies as part of AutoMobili-D, a dedicated startup expo.

This was the inaugural year for the AutoMobili-D exposition which featured 120 exhibitors, including a global mix of automakers, suppliers, tech startups from around the world, all showcasing and discussing the future of mobility.

It attracted nearly 40,000 auto and tech industry executives, designers, developers and analysts from 2,274 companies and 27 countries.

The partnership was formed as part of Techstars Mobility’s ongoing mission to connect the automotive and startup worlds by breaking down silos and forming partnerships. Watch our keynote from the show to learn about the program.

The 44 startup companies that attended were able to experience additional exposure through media coverage, events and networking including an Automotive and Startup Innovators reception hosted at the Techstars Mobility Office, in conjunction with Dykema, that attracted nearly 200 industry experts and entrepreneurs.

“It was an amazing way for our company to not only get access to top players in the automotive industry but to actually talk with the top-level decision makers.” — Jordan Warzecha, CEO & Co-Founder, Backstitch, Techstars Sprint Accelerator 2016

“Amazing opportunity to engage with leading automotive executives. We were amazed by the quality of the meetings.” — Stefanie Lemke, CEO & Co-Founder, GoKid, Techstars Mobility 2016

“It was a cream of the crop event. You can network more in four days at AutoMobili-D than in four years through other channels.” — John Mohyi, CEO & Co-Founder, Mohyi Labs

 

What’s Techstars Mobility?

Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, focuses on the rapidly changing mobility and transportation industry. We’ve partnered with leading mobility corporations including Ford, Verizon, Dana, Honda, Munich Re, Michelin, next47. Over the past two years we have invested in 22 mobility startups from all over the world. Collectively, they are valued at over $100 million.

We are interested in startups changing the future of mobility and how people move around across all modes of transportation (including pedestrian). This encompasses a wide range of industries including automotive, transportation, smart city, energy, logistics, supply chain, and travel. Technologies include software and hardware using artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning, VR, AR, robotics, autonomous, electric, shared, and connected. Techstars is committed to operating this program in Detroit, the birthplace of mobility.

To apply for the 2017 Mobility program, click here.

Check out additional videos below from live sessions hosted at NAIAS featuring our alumni, corporate partners and mentors:

Techstars Mobility Overview

Panel | Techstars Mobility and Why Detroit

Panel | Working with Big Brands & Large Organizations

Panel | Automotive and Startup Collaboration

Techstars Mobility Alumni Panel

2017 Program Dates

  • Jan 9 – Applications Open
  • Apr 9 – Applications Close
  • May 16 – 17 – Final Interviews
  • May 22 – Notification of Selection
  • Jul 24 – Program Starts
  • Oct 18 – Demo day

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