Semifinals 2024

GAMIC Semifinals 2024

SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance invite you to join us on Wednesday February 21 for the 16th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) at University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, Michigan.  Online Event access is also available.

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

The GAMIC Semifinals are the perfect opportunity to see the full spectrum of mobility innovation GAMIC brings together. From over 1500 invited applicants narrowed down to 100 quarterfinalists, 19 startup innovators were selected to present their mobility solutions and roadmap to commercialization, to the audience and judges.

Besides amazing startup presentations, the semifinals include a panel discussion, keynote and networking opportunities.

After two months of competition prep advising from a cohort of nearly 40 mentors, the 19 semifinalists from 7 countries and 8 states will compete for the chance to move on to the Finals at the SAE World Congress inside Detroit’s Huntington Place on April 15, 2024 at 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226.

The semifinals also provides an opportunity to meet, mingle and learn about leading technology and investment perspectives for high-value automotive technologies and innovations.  Winners at the Finals will share over $300,000 in total in-kind acceleration services (including targeted exposure to decision‐makers) and cash awards.

Location:  Live Event in Dearborn, MI and Virtual Event using Zoom Webinar (registration required)


8:00                Welcome and Introduction to GAMIC  – David Stout
8:10                Welcome by UM-Dearborn  – Ghassan Kridli, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
8:25                Semi-Finals Moderator – Vic Havele

8:35-8:50        Banf – Seoul, Korea
8:55-9:10        Natrion Inc. – Champaign, IL
9:15-9:30        PeerConnect – San Diego, CA
9:35-9:50        MellowVans – Capetown, South Africa
9:55-10:10      VePa Vertical Parking – Munich, Germany
10:15-10:30    New Day Hydrogen, Inc. – Denver, CO
10:35-10:50    NEXTdriver – Delft, Netherlands

10:50-11:00    Break

11:00-11:20     “BEV Innovation Opportunities for Traditional ICE Technologies” – John Jennings,   Director of Innovation for AMSTED
Novel Shift Systems for Improved Efficiency & Performance

11:20-11:35    TGO – London, UK
11:40-11:55    The Hago Energetics Company – Los Angeles, CA
12:00-12:15    SiWeGO – Smart Eco Transport – Rovereto, IT
12:20-12:35    SkillReal – Ramat Gan, Israel
12:40-12:55    AlGalCo – Indianapolis, IN
13:00-13:15    Inner BV – Amstelveen, Netherlands

13:15              Lunch Break – Box Lunch

13:40-14:15    “BE THE UNICORN 12 Data-Driven Habits that Separate the Best Leaders From the Rest” – William Vanderbloemen

14:15-14:30    RobotAI – Haifa, Israel
14:35-14:50    Holoptic – Tel Aviv, Israel
14:55-15:10    Torev Motors – Arlington, VA
15:15-15:30    Soteria Battery Innovation – Greenville, SC
15:35-15:50    Bucha Bio, Houston, TX
15:55-16:10    Vugo – Miami, FL

16:15          “Investing in the Future of Transportation Technology” – Kurt Baumgarten, Partner, GM Ventures

16:45           Announce GAMIC Finalists  –  Doug Patton

16:45           Photos and reception
18:00           Reception ends

Meet the semifinalists


To attend virtually, REGISTER HERE to receive a Zoom Webinar link.

Note: In-person (Live) registration includes whole day program including light breakfast, snacks, coffee, box lunch and reception.

Convenient parking at a no cost across the hall

Directions to UM-Dearborn, Campus MAP and Parking Instructions