CoMotion 2023: Nov 14-16 | Los Angeles, USA + Online

The LA New Mobility Challenge 2017


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 Winners


The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the NewCities Foundation are happy to announce the L.A. New Mobility Challenge’s 2017 winners across 5 focus areas.


 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Smart Infrastructure



Laramie Bowron, Swiftly

Swiftly develops enterprise software to help transit agencies and cities improve urban mobility. Built by transportation experts for transportation professionals, the Swiftly platform harnesses billions of data points and sophisticated algorithms to improve transit system performance, service reliability, and real-time passenger information.



 2017 Winner, Autonomous Vehicles

Clare Jones, what3words

what3words is a global addressing system that has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique and fixed 3 word address, providing a simple and human-friendly way to talk about precise locations. More universal and more accurate than street addressing, what3words has been built into navigation and transit systems, autonomous vehicles and drones.



 2017 Winner, Electrification

Kevin Noertker, Ampaire

Ampaire is designing, developing and building high performance zero-emission electric aircraft to overcome the greatest burdens of aviation – high operating cost, noise, and pollution. Ampaire is building towards a zero emissions future in aviation, starting with the first commercial, 9 passenger, fully electric aircraft capable of flying from LA to San Francisco in less than 90 minutes.



 2017 Winner, Shared Mobility

Jonathan Weekly, Revmax

REVMAX builds intelligent fleet management tools that predict demand based on historical transit data and current conditions such as temperature, precipitation, traffic, events and holidays. REVMAX uses big data and applies machine learning to maximize fleet efficiency and therefore save time, money and fuel while reducing street congestion and CO2 pollution.



 2017 Winner, Personal Mobility



Jeff Guida, ShareRoller

ShareRoller uses an innovative friction-drive technology to add electric power to conventional bikes and scooters. ShareRoller is a portable device that can motorize bikes, kick scooters, and the bike share fleets of over 20 cities interchangeably and can be installed or removed in seconds.


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:


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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