GAMIC - Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge 2019-2020

GAMIC - Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge 2019-2020

12th Annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC)

Open to Innovators and their companies, entrants compete for over $300,000 in total prizes.

GAMIC participation helps you gain visibility, make connections and participate in various events including SAE WCX ™ World Congress Experience  to reach out to key industry and investment professionals who can help you in getting your first pilot or a first customer launch possible.

GAMIC involvement offers innovators speed to market, putting winners in front of decision makers in large organizations who have a need and a budget to explore innovative products and solutions.

Judged by automotive executives from OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as well as seasoned contributors from the entrepreneurial community, GAMIC is a unique competition.

GAMIC’s prizes are not just cash prizes but invaluable In-Kind Professional services and networking opportunities with automotive executives in the North American & International mobility space.


 Aug 1: Open ——– Oct 31: Last Call ——– Nov to Dec: Quarter Finals ——– Feb: Semi-Finals ——–Apr: Finals

Attend GAMIC Events

Start-up technologies are great, but it’s all about making people connections, learning and building relationships both for the present and the future.

Semifinals and Global Finals

The GAMIC Semifinals are the perfect opportunity to see the full spectrum of mobility innovation GAMIC brings together. From over 90 applicants 23 startup companies were selected to present their mobility solution and roadmap to audience and judges. Besides amazing startup presentations the semifinals include a panel discussion, keynote and networking opportunities.

Meet the semifinalists and Event Details

The finals are embedded in the SAE World Congress Experience. A great place to meet, mingle and learn about trends, technologies and investment perspectives for high-value auto / mobility innovations. OEMs, suppliers, investors, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs will participate in, network and talk about future needs and opportunities for the ever evolving automotive and mobility industries.

Feb 27, 2020

11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST

Lawrence Technological University, Architectural Engineering Building,
Southfield, MI


April 21, 2020

12:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST

TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center)
Detroit, MI

Mark Your Calendar for Finals


Our sponsors play a critical role both in the success of GAMIC and in the viability of the Michigan entrepreneurial community.  Their support includes:

  • Serving as GAMIC judges, mentor-coaches, distinguished speakers, and/or discussion panelists
  • Supporting organizational activities and events, including Cash Awards for the annual GAMIC Winners

Special thanks to our Lead Sponsors below.

Latest News and Updates

23 Innovators Competing in 2020 GAMIC Semifinals on Feb 27, 2020
DETROIT, February 12, 2020 – The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) has selected 23 innovative start-ups to move on to the Semifinals of its 12th...
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GAMIC 11th Annual Winners Announced
DETROIT, April 29, 2019 – The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) selected four innovative start-ups as winners in the 2019 GAMIC Finals, held at the SAE...
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GAMIC Becomes Accredited™
DETROIT, March 19, 2019 – The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) is excited to announce that it has received STEM Accreditation TM by ( Having...
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12 Global Finalists to Compete at GAMIC Finals on April 9
Finalists named for 11th annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge – Sponsored by SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance DETROIT, March 1, 2019 – The Global Automotive &...
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The Global Automotive & Mobility Challenge, or GAMIC, is an annual competition for early-stage automotive products/ systems and mobility companies with new and innovative technologies.

GAMIC, was created to identify innovative early-stage automotive products / systems and mobility companies; cultivate new technologies and solutions; and hasten their adoption into the automotive industry.

Participants are able to network and meet new partners; showcase their technologies; receive mentorship and business coaching; and compete for a continuum of commercialization assistance. Each year, GAMIC provides competitors:

  • Access to dozens of industry experts to help accelerate and develop their businesses
  • More than $300,000 of professional services and cash to selected winners

Finalists also have the chance to get exposure to over 15,000 mobility experts at the World Finals during the SAE World Congress WCX ’18 in April. In addition, they receive facilitated introductions to the industry’s top decision-makers and influencers at the event.

GAMIC is a sponsored activity of the MI Innovation Alliance, a 501-c-3 corporation.


For the participants, the benefits of GAMIC include mentoring, visibility, acceleration and, for many, proven success. Each year, GAMIC provides over $300,000 of in-kind commercialization services and cash awards to its award winners. GAMIC award winners and finalists have gone on to reach licensing, strategic partnership or research agreements; execute business awards and enter production; and, in several cases, raise millions in investment capital.

For our many partners – who act as speakers, judges, coaches, in-kind award and cash sponsors – GAMIC has provided early access to key technologies; introductions to fellow innovation seekers, and visibility as part of the fast-moving mobility solutions community. Find out more about becoming a Sponsor or Member.

STEM Accreditation

In recognition of its quality mentoring of start-up companies, which include underrepresented students and professionals, and its hosting of various finals, semi-finals, and quarter-finals, GAMIC is now Accredited™. is an organization which fosters Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, and through an extensive collaborative effort, has worked closely with researchers, educators, administrators, and schools to a respected set of STEM benchmarks, including Accredited™.