DETROIT, March 19, 2019 – The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) is excited to announce that it has received STEM Accreditation TM by Stem.org (http://stem.org/)
Having grown over the past 10 years, GAMIC continues to work with innovative institutions to find the best Mobility ideas and give them the opportunity to strengthen their businesses through awards of a variety of industry experts in the transportation space. “We are the catalyst to speed these start-ups to market” said GAMIC Co-Founder, Dennis Nash.
This year 22 Semi-finalists hailing from six (6) states and five (5) countries and with a broad array of promising new technologies to advance the vehicles and transportation systems of the future – competed on February 26 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. All competitors received expert industry and startup counseling from more than 40 GAMIC mentors to improve their pitches. The full-day Semi-Finals also included a variety of panels and speakers from the auto industry to explore Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, New Business Models, and other perspectives.
The top 12 teams were selected as the Finalists to compete at the GAMIC Finals to be held at SAE International’s WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit’s Cobo Center on April 9 with a keynote address from Ken Washington, Ford CTO and SAE International VP Automotive Sector.
“STEM education should never stop!” said GAMIC co-founder, David Stout. “GAMIC is proud that our work to seek out and mentor the best technologies from universities, national labs, incubators and other sources has been recognized by STEM.org. We find that the linkages provided continually connect the competitors to other experts who can teach and coach them to a higher level.”
This year’s GAMIC Chair, Vic Havele, added “Over the last decade, GAMIC has embraced hundreds of amazing startups. By “testing” their business model assumptions and value propositions within GAMIC’s extensive global community of innovators, mentors, judges, sponsors, and technical specialists, we have proudly seen dozens of companies commercialize their visions with amazing success. STEM accreditation is a further acknowledgement of the high level of value that GAMIC offers. GAMIC is an excellent forum for STEM educators and stakeholders to network with great minds and peek at innovations before they go mainstream.”
Founded in 2001, STEM.org Educational Research™ (SER) strives to improve academic achievement at the institutional level by assisting partnering organizations with their efforts to encourage students to pursue STEM careers. SER achieves this, by facilitating interdepartmental communication, building organizational intelligence, cultivating strategic pathways for future success and recognizing the STEM efforts of top-performing outreach programs and initiatives.
“As we expand beyond working with educators and academic institutions, programs like GAMIC as well as STEM products, are important to recognize as we continue to acknowledge and gather insights on the STEM ecosystem.” commented SER’s Founder/Executive Director, Andrew B. Raupp.
GAMIC is a sponsored activity of the MI Innovation Alliance, a 501-c-3 corporation. For additional information visit www.gamicevent.org.
About the Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC):
The Global Automotive & Mobility Challenge, or GAMIC, is an annual competition for early-stage automotive and mobility companies with new technologies. It was created to: identify innovative companies from around the world; cultivate new technologies and solutions; and hasten their adoption into the automotive and mobility industries. Participants get exposure to over 15,000 mobility experts at the GAMIC Finals during SAE International’s WCX World Congress in April. Winners share more than $300k in commercialization acceleration services and cash, along with facilitated introductions to the industry’s top decision-makers and influencers.
About STEM.org Educational Research™ (SER):
STEM.org Educational Research™ (SER) is the longest continually-operating, privately-held STEM education research and credentialing organization in America. Through an extensive collaborative effort, SER has worked closely with pedagogical researchers, an international coalition of educators, administrators, NGO’s and schools to establish a trusted set of STEM benchmarks. The resources and proven best-practices of this initiative have led to the world’s original and most recognized, blockchain-secured STEM credentialing framework: STEM.org Accredited™ for programs, STEM.org Certified™ for people, and STEM.org Authenticated™ for products.