GAMIC - Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge

GAMIC - Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge


14th Annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge

2021-2022 GAMIC

The 14th Annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) will open applications for its new season starting on Wednesday September 1, 2021.

Sponsored by MI Innovation Alliance and SAE International, GAMIC invites early-stage automotive and mobility companies to compete for access to rapid commercialization assistance.


  • 70+ industry experts to help accelerate your business and make it grow
  • $300,000+ of professional services and cash to accelerate Automotive and Mobility technology start-ups to network, meet new partners; showcase their technologies; and compete for rapid commercialization assistance.

During the competition entrants receive mentorship and coaching by, and networking opportunities with, automotive industry executives and investors, as well as the opportunity to win thousands in business development support services.

With exposure to over 15,000 transportation and mobility executives, engineers, investors, innovators and entrepreneurship supporters, GAMIC draws applicants from around the globe to present online or in-person during the competition.


  • Wednesday Sep 1, 2021 to Sunday Jan 9, 2022 – Apply on F6S.
  • All Selected Quarter Finalists Notified as they apply
  • Jan 10, 2022 to Jan 17, 2022 Quarter-Final Events held online.
  • Thursday Feb 24, 2022 Semi-Finals Events held online & in-person at: Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
  • Monday April 4, 2022 GAMIC Finals Event held in-person at the:  SAE International WCX World Congress, Detroit, Michigan.


We invite entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers that fit the following criteria:

  • Innovation Space: Automotive and mobility applications
  • Innovation Type: Physical (mechanical, chemical, electrical), and/or digital product/systems, testing, manufacturing or other enabling innovations
  • Revenue: Less than $1,500,000 in revenue to date\
  • Funding: Less than $2,500,000 in equity funding to date.
  • State of Innovation Advancement: Developed a proof-of-concept and/or a working model
  • State of Business Planning: Developed an initial business plan covering the technology and a go-to-market plan
  • Location:
    • Virtual for the Global Quarter-Final Competitions;
    • Virtual or In-Person for the Global Semi-Final Competition;
    • Live at the Global Finals held during the SAE World Congress WCX – Detroit, Michigan, USA


Many previous winners and finalists have had products, services or technology solutions focused on:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Sensors
  • Vehicle Electrification
  • Product Design and Innovation
  • Infotainment
  • High Value, Disruptive Tech Innovations
  • V2X and Advanced Mobility
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Cybersecurity
  • Testing
  • Mapping Systems
  • Simulation
  • Auto Consumer / Value-Added Solutions
  • Value Chain / Business Model Innovation


There is no application fee to enter GAMIC.

Apply through the GAMIC portal on the F6S platform –      (NOTE: The F6S Application Site will open on Wednesday September 1, 2021 and close on Jan 9, 2022).

  • Complete The Brief F6S Application online
    • If you have a current Pitch Deck you can attach a copy.

Selected companies to compete in the quarterfinals will be notified.


The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge, or GAMIC, is an annual competition for early-stage automotive products/ systems and mobility companies with new and innovative technologies.

Learn more about GAMIC, by watching this discussion with automotive executives and past GAMIC winners.


The GAMIC competition, was created in 2008 to identify innovative early-stage automotive products / systems and mobility companies; cultivate new technologies and solutions; and hasten their adoption into the automotive industry.

Innovation challenge 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, in-kind services and cash to selected winners

The 12 Final Companies also have the chance to get exposure to over 15,000 mobility experts at the WCX™  World Congress  Experience – SAE International, held each year in the month of April.  The GAMIC – FINALS are normally held on site at the TCF Center, formally known as Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit, Michigan, USA in conjunction with SAE. 

The WCX™  World Congress  Experience is scheduled to run from April 5 – April 7, 2022

The GAMIC WORLD FINALS will be held on April 4, 2021. 

In light of COVID 19 and restrictions on international travel, all of the 2020-2021 GAMIC Competition will use a online format for the: Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals and the World Finals to ensure the opportunity for all global start-ups to participate from their own countries to ensure full inclusivity, safety and also provide easy access for our global audience of automotive and mobility executives to attend this years event online. 

In addition, the challenge winners and finalists receive facilitated introductions to the automotive industry’s top decision-makers and influencers wiith Global OEM’s and Tier 1’s during the event and post event through specific group OEM showcase events and individual meetings. 

GAMIC is a sponsored activity of the MI Innovation Alliance, a 501-c-3 corporation and works closely with SAE International and other strategic partners.  


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™.

Latest News and Updates

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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.