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Nov. 15 - 19, 2017

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The L.A. New Mobility Challenge




The Los Angeles Cleanteach Incubator (LACI) and the NewCities Foundation announce the launch of a major global startup competition in the field of mobility in conjunction with the LA CoMotion expo and conference on the future of urban mobility. LACI, the NewCities Foundation and LA CoMotion will leverage their existing national and international networks to source startups in the United States and around the world focused on core mobility issues of relevance to southern California.


The five focus areas of the Challenge will be:

 Shared Mobility – Ride sharing, car sharing, short-term, as needed mobility solutions

 Personal Mobility – Bikes, scooters, skateboards, individual modes of transit

 Electrification – Electric vehicles, charging systems, energy storage

 Autonomous Vehicles – AI, LIDAR, smart mapping, vehicle integration

 Smart Infrastructure – Smart parking, IoT, traffic systems, MaaS




Applicant startups must have the following characteristics:

1. Be less than five years old
2. Revenues of less than $5 million
3. Product in at minimum the pilot, beta or prototype stage

Applicants may request travel funding assistance if they are selected

Deadline for submission is September 29, 2017.


Three companies will be selected per category to attend the event. One winner will be selected per category, as well as an overall winner for the whole event. The online application will include uploading presentation materials.

During LA CoMotion on November 15-19, shortlisted companies will be provided exhibition space at no cost adjacent to relevant content sessions. The fifteen shortlisted startups will perform fast pitches before or after relevant panels, and take part in a live judging session including LA CoMotion Advisory Council members, advisors, and LA CoMotion partners.

The finalists will repeat their fast pitches at a showcase event where the category winners and the overall winner will be announced.


About the Organizers



The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching, mentoring, and access to a robust network of partnerships and capital. LACI was founded in 2011 as a cluster-driven economic development initiative supported by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. Recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI, LACI identifies local entrepreneurs across multiple cleantech business sectors and guides them to market, creating jobs that advance LA’s green economy. In just five years, LACI has helped 67 companies raise $135M in funding, created 1,500 jobs, and delivered more than $335M in long term economic value for the City of Los Angeles. LACI operates out of the La Kretz Innovation Campus with satellite offices in Northridge, CA and Silicon Valley and is founder of the Network for Global Innovation NGIN. For additional information, please visit: laincubator.org


La Kretz Innovation Campus and Advanced Prototyping Center

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, Los Angeles’ new cleantech innovation hub, is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, environmental organizations, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. In addition to being home to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and an ecosystem of thought leaders, the Campus features 30,000 sq.ft. of office and event space along with the region’s highest caliber Advanced Prototyping Center where members can design, build, test, certify and manufacture products all under one roof. Features include an electronics lab, chemistry lab, cell lab, CNC center, water jet center, welding shop, 3D printing shop, use of premium CAD software, laser cutters, woodworking, an assembly bay, training centers and more. 

Designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) and managed by LACI, the fully renovated 60,000 square foot facility is located in the dynamic Arts & Innovation District of Downtown Los Angeles. The Campus comprises 3.2 acres owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and is approved for LEED Platinum rating utilizing state-of-the-art green technology including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems.


LA CoMotion

LA CoMotion is a unique five-day event bringing together the global leaders of the urban mobility revolution – a revolution that is set to transform every city in the world, large and small. The first edition of LA CoMotion takes place in Downtown Los Angeles’ vibrant Arts District from November 15-19 2017. The immersive event features cutting-edge discussions, demos, test drives and exhibitions – an unforgettable glimpse into our urban future.



NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant. Focusing on people, places and policies, we bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.