Los Angeles
Nov. 15 - 17, 2018

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The L.A. New Mobility Challenge


Presented during LA CoMotion, the L.A. New Mobility Challenge is a major startup competition featuring international startups on the leading edge of innovation in the diverse field of mobility. The Challenge brings together top startups worldwide developing innovative zero emissions transportation technologies, smart infrastructures, and mobility solutions that will define the next era of sustainable urban transportation. The fifteen finalists were narrowed down from over 100 applicants from 15 countries.

Within the LA CoMotion expo and conference on the future of urban mobility, the L.A. New Mobility Challenge will host special startup pitch sessions, on-site demonstrations, and opportunities to connect cities and mobility leaders with the minds behind emerging new technologies and solutions.

The Finalists

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the NewCities Foundation are thrilled to announce the 15 finalist startups selected across 5 focus areas of the challenge. Hailing from 4 different countries, these 15 innovative startups will pitch their solution for a chance to win $15,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with other innovators and experts in Los Angeles.

  Smart Infrastructure




 Shared Mobility






Autonomous Vehicles




 Personal Mobility


LA CoMotion is excited to be hosting this first edition the L.A. New mobility Challenge, a great opportunity for startups, cities, and the mobility industry alike to connect with new ideas on the most significant mobility challenges facing cities today.

Look for the L.A. New Mobility challenge in the program on both November 16th, and 17th, as well as the showcase event on Saturday November 18th during the public Mobility Festival.

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.


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