GAMIC - Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge

13th Annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC)


Biolive, Istanbul, Turkey

Duygu Yılmaz, Co-Founder & CEO
Biolive – Biological and Chemical Technology Industry and Trade Inc., Istanbul, Turkey is a biotechnology company that produces and sells bioplastic granules from olive seed waste and 100% plant-based vegan leather with the highest plant-based content in the world; also designs and develops the technical production process.
Biolive products can be used in the electronics industry, automotive industry, food packaging, organic toys and other baby products, textile, vegan leather production, and many other fields such as medical visor. Biolive achieves 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals organized by the United Nations.

Kuhmute – Flint, MI – USA

Peter Deppe – Co-Founder & CEO
KUHMUTE is the Universal Charging Infrastructure for Micromobility, able to park & charge shared and personally owned versions of any escooter, ebike, delivery robot, wheelchair and more.
Our goal is to bring the reliability and experience of full-size EV charging to Micromobility here within North America and Europe to any vehicle smaller than a car.
All of this technology is designed and manufactured right here in Flint, Michigan, USA

Monk AI – France

Abou Laraki – CEO & Co-Founder
Monk AI is an AI software solution. The company uses computer vision and deep learning techniques to detect damages, evaluate the condition of a car and assess the cost of repair. They are currently operating internationally in the insurance, automotive and mobility industries by bringing trust and efficiency.

ReJoule Inc. – Signal Hill, CA – USA

Steven Chung – CEO & Co-Founder
ReJoule’s fast battery diagnostics enables a more accurate measurement of the battery’s health. Even after battery prices have fallen over 85% since 2010, uncertainty on battery health leads to wasted time, money, and resources along the battery’s life cycle.
As batteries power more of our cars and buildings, more advanced diagnostics helps bring battery costs down and accelerate electrification. ReJoule’s proactive system dynamically adjusts for optimal performance to increase usable battery capacity and improve safety. By enabling a step-change in the world’s understanding of how batteries perform,
ReJoule makes battery systems cheaper, safer, and more sustainable. ReJoule’s research efforts are funded by the National Science Foundation and California Energy Commission.


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.

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 13 to April 15, 2021

The GAMIC WORLD FINALS will be held on April 12, 2021 as an ONLINE Event. 

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

Winners chosen in 12th annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge
DETROIT, May 6, 2020 – The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) selected four (4) innovation start-ups as Award Winners of 2020 GAMIC Finals, held virtually to...
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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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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.