Founded in 2002, the MI Innovation Alliance works to apply innovation and advancements in science and technology as well as best practices in business, academia and government collaboration to benefit Michigan and the Great Lakes states. Working with a number of strategically situated and thought-leading partner organizations, the MI Innovation Alliance plans, coordinates and delivers programming on the leading edge. Connecting established and emerging companies, technology seekers and innovation enablers, our goal is to bring big new ideas and leaders together in new collaborations – for increased visibility, for faster technology adoption and commercialization, and to build and strengthen a more vibrant innovation community.


9th Annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge


Give your Startup a Boost!

SAE International, MI Innovation Alliance and NextEnergy announce the 9th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC™). GAMIC helps shorten the often arduous and/or intrinsic filtering process in large organizations, to bring new innovations faster to the automotive and mobility industry.

      • Over 70 industry experts to help you commercialize your business and make it grow
      • Over $200,000 of cash and professional services to accelerate your startup!
      • Finalists from around the world will present at the SAE World Congress in Detroit on April 4, 2017
      • Opportunity for selection to meet early stage investors in June 2017!

Applications due by midnight, October 14, 2016

for the Ontario, Canada, Detroit, Michigan or Silicon Valley Quarter Finals


9th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC)

  • Quarter-Finals –
Detroit (Register) - Partners OESA, SAE, MMTC - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Oct. 25, Tuesday,
4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Ontario (Register) - Partners University of Waterloo, SAE Canada, WatCAR - Nov. 3, Thursday,
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Silicon Valley (Find out more), San Jose California - Mid-November p.m. PT
  • Semi-Finals – NextEnergy Detroit on Feb 23, 2017
Challenge Finals at the SAE World Congress @ Cobo Center, Detroit on April 4, 2017

Winners Presenting to Automotive OEMs/Suppliers at SAE TechHub on April 6, 2017

Program led by SAE International, MI Innovation Alliance, and NextEnergy

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox Attorneys Intellectual Property

Join us at the automotive industry’s top event, designed to shortcut the sometimes arduous filtering process inherent in large organizations, and bring new innovations faster to the mobility industry in a time of tremendous change.

Four (4) winners of the Challenge will receive at least $200,000 worth of business commercialization acceleration services. These facilitated meetings with key decision-makers have helped fast-track the commercialization efforts of a number of our prior year participants.

In addition, GAMIC will offer at least $200,000 in cash and in-kind services for the best innovations in the following four (4) areas of advanced automotive technology:

Category 1: Connected Vehicles
1st place award: $50k value (minimum $1k cash, $50k in-kind business commercialization acceleration services)*
Vehicle Electrification: Technologies related to the greening and electrification of the vehicle, e.g. electric vehicle fuel cell technology, advanced power electronics, motors, smart grid vehicle energy efficiency technology, etc.
V2X: Technologies that enable communications and transactions for V2X applications, e.g. vehicle to grid, vehicle to building, vehicle to home, vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure.

Category 2: Advanced Materials / Sensors / Manufacturing Processes
1st place award: $50k value (minimum $1k cash, $50k in-kind business commercialization acceleration services) *

Advanced Materials / Sensors / Manufacturing Processes: Material technologies that can provide efficiency, performance, cost, mass, and/or environmental benefits to the vehicle, e.g. light-weight materials, eco-friendly materials, materials with phase changing characteristics, advanced sensors, advanced automation techniques, additive manufacturing and joining of dissimilar materials, etc.

Category 3: New Automotive Consumer / Business Opportunities
1st place award : $50k value (minimum $1k cash, $50k in-kind business commercialization acceleration services)*
Infotainment: Technologies including vehicle HMI, voice recognition, in-vehicle advertising, cloud services, integration of personal devices, etc.
Auto Consumer/Value Add: Innovations that address unmet consumer needs or solve technological challenges to enable autonomous driving, safety features, etc.
Value Chain/Business Model: Alternatives to the traditional automotive business model, opportunities to leverage technology, and assets to capture up- or down- stream profit improvement opportunities.

Category 4: Automotive Innovation – Open Category
1st place award: $50k value (minimum $1k cash, $50k in-kind business commercialization acceleration services)*
New High Value, Disruptive Technology Innovations: Big New Research, New Inventions, or Innovations from Other Industries that have potential big impact on automotive OEM’s, suppliers, and/or mobile consumers.
* Winners supported globally with expectation based on market traction to setup operations in Michigan (HQ, Sales, R&D, or Branch Office) and past winners have found this very worthwhile. Winners get access to Detroit/Troy office sharing space and incubation resources to increase your global foot print and get closer to potential key customers and partners.

Qualifying Entry Guidelines
• Entries should be innovations based on automotive content (hardware or software on the vehicle), vehicle design process aids (better or faster), or vehicle production enablers.
• Target innovations are limited to driver-driven, land-based vehicles, as well as vehicle/infrastructure communications.
• Applicants can be pre-revenue or have cumulative sales up to $250,000 (Student and University Teams are welcomed).

Click HERE to view the complete Challenge description from 2 years ago, 7th Annual GAMIC and HERE for last year, 8th Annual GAMIC.

Registration is OPEN for 2017 9th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) in the fall on-line with simple 1-3 commercial plan PDF & PowerPoint/PDF innovator story; to apply, click HERE.

2015’s Winners – RightThereWare, Advanced Battery Concept, SiNode Systems, Detroit Materials

2014’s Winners – Covaron Advanced Materials and ParkNav Mobile App

Interested In Event Sponsorship And Getting Access To Best Innovators, Industry Leaders and Growth Opportunities:

Contact: info@miinnovationalliance.org

Opportunities for Volunteers, Judges, Mentors and In Kind Sponsors...please contact us.

Past/Present Sponsors Include: GM Ventures, Ford Motor Company, Nissan, ESG Automotive, Emisense, Autotech Technology Development,

Technology Highway, Quinn Law Group, Eisbrenner PR, AutoHarvest, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), TechStars

Brooks-Kushman, Franco Public Relations Group, MICH Auto, Automation Alley, Quantum Innovations, Steme, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox