CoMotion 2024: Nov 12-14 | Los Angeles, CA

LA New Mobility Challenge 2018

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

The 2019 Challenge is now accepting submissions, find out more here.

Meet the 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.




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Metro Africa Express






Clear Road



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


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