Presented on the eve of the LA CoMotion 2018 Leadership Conference, on November 14, the L.A. New Mobility Challenge is a major global startup competition focused on urban mobility. The Challenge brought together 18 semi-finalists who pitched their innovations on stage to a crowd of top Venture Capitalists and key public and private stakeholders.
More than 100 startups and young companies from over 15 countries applied to this year’s L.A. New Mobility Challenge, across six categories of urban mobility: Aerial Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Electric, Personal Mobility, Shared Mobility, and Smart Infrastructure.
The Challenge is a joint initiative of LA CoMotion, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the NewCities Foundation. Other partners included the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, French Tech Los Angeles, Starburst Accelerator, Fontinalis Partners, and Trucks VC.
“Given the challenges cities like Los Angeles are facing with mobility and climate change, it was exciting to see these entrepreneurs present their solutions that can improve quality of life, create jobs, and protect the environment.”
Matt Petersen, CEO, LA Cleantech Incubator
Meet this year’s L.A. New Mobility Challenge winners:
2018 Grand Prize Winner
Metro Africa Express is a personal mobility company that is committed to making moto-taxis safe, affordable and accessible across West Africa. Metro Africa Express Co-Founder Chinedu Azodoh received a $10,000 cash prize, in-kind support from sponsors and partners, consideration for membership in LACI’s globally recognized business incubation program, as well as access to the La Kretz Innovation Campus. Additionally, Metro Africa Express will be considered for funding rounds orchestrated by Fontinalis Partners and Trucks VC.
Arnab Chatterjee, Principal, Shell Partnerships and Early Stage Investments, Shell
Boris von Bormann, Founder and Managing Partner, renu Ventures
Bryan Landers, COO, Backstage Capital
Damien Scott, CEO & Founder, Marain Inc.
Daniel Ratliff, Principal, Fontinalis Partners LLC
Monica Dodi, Partner, The 22 Fund
Raj Amin, Global Managing Director Mobility Ventures, Avis Budget Group
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, LA Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Steve Dietz, CEO, Level 4 Fleet Services
Tony Davis, Operating Partner, Corporate Development, Sway Ventures
Vandad Espahbodi, Co-Founder, Starburst Ventures