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

LA New Mobility Challenge 2020

Announcing the 2020 edition of the L.A. New Mobility Challenge!

The L.A. New Mobility Challenge is a major global startup competition focused on innovative, zero-emission solutions for the challenges of urban mobility. The fourth edition of the Challenge invites startups and early-stage companies from around the world to address two critical issues in the urban mobility landscape: Solutions for Transporting Goods in Urban Environments, and Solutions for Transporting People in Urban Environments.

Interested companies should apply by November 2nd, and semi-finalists will be invited to pitch their concepts to our esteemed judges at CoMotion LA LIVE: November 17-19.

Preference will be given to companies that are fewer than five years old, have revenue of less than $5 million, and have a product in pilot, beta or prototype stage.

Applications are now closed.

The Challenge is a joint initiative of CoMotion, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the NewCities Foundation, and our partners at the UK Government / British Consulate-General in Los Angeles, SparkLabs Group, HNTB and Urban Movement Labs.

Announcing 2020’s Judging Committee:

  • Alex Nesic – Co-Founder & CBO, Drover AI
  • Amelia Armour – Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Anthony Ferguson – Head of Traffic and Technology, UK Department for Transport
  • Avital Shavit – Senior Manager, LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation
  • Bernard Moon – Co-Founder & Partner, SparkLabs Group
  • Beth Kigel – Vice President, HNTB
  • Julia Thayne – Associate Director of Mobility Innovation, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
  • Taj Ahmad Eldridge – Senior Director of Investment, LACI

The LA New Mobility Challenge’s judges are excited to hear from this year’s semi-finalists, who will be presenting throughout CoMotion LA LIVE. Tune in to hear Goods Movement pitches at 2:05 to 3:05 PM Pacific on Tuesday, November 17, People Movement pitches at 12:15 to 1:15 PM Pacific on Wednesday, November 18, and then see the Grand Prize winner crowned at 3:50 PM Pacific on November 19. Reserve your ticket now.

Congratulations to the Winner:

  • Grand Prize Winner, representing the Goods Movement Category: Zeti, working to disrupt zero emissions cargo vehicle financing, out of the United Kingdom!
  • Category Winner, representing the People Movement Category: Sankofa City, from Leimert Park, Los Angeles!

The Grand Prize Winner receives:

  • A trip to present at SparkLabs Korea DemoDay16 in 2021,  the largest accelerator demo day in the world. Over 2,500 people attend these half-day events twice a year. (Includes 1 economy fare ticket and a 3-night five-star hotel stay.)
  • Three month mentoring from 2-3 of SparkLabs Partners or Venture Partners.
  • The right to join Urban Movement Labs as a partner, alongside mobility luminaries like Lyft, Waymo, Verizon, and Avis Budget Group.
  • Access to UML’s team of experts, resources, and data.
  • The opportunity to network with other partner companies and organizations.
  • The right to an accelerated incubator, including previewing applicable technology to UML stakeholders for potential deployment in an LA Urban Proving Ground.
  • Promotion to the greater UML community.
  • Intros to key stakeholders at the UK’s Department for Transport’s Future of Transportation Strategy Team or other team, as relevant.
  • Intro to the Connected Places Catapult, Zenzic and UK testbeds.
  • Connection to relevant universities such as Warwick and Cranfield.
  • Support from London & Partners, including access to Transport for London.
  • Socially-distanced in-person gathering to celebrate winners (potentially at British Consul General’s Residence or British Consulate).
  • Recognition by UK senior leadership.
  • Conversations with and case studies from similar companies that have set up in the UK.
  • Intro to Satellite Applications Catapult, Innovate UK, or CCAV, as relevant.
  • Possibility to connect with opportunities and offers in other regions of the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • Promotion of winning company in CoMotion NEWS.
  • Exposure to the LACI team and opportunity to apply for its world-class startup incubation programs.
  • LACI to make introductions to three curated investors.

Applications are now closed. Join us at CoMotion LA LIVE to see the semi-finalists pitch, and watch the winner be crowned on November 19th!


Previous L.A. New Mobility Challenge Winners


Previous LANMC winners have used the event as a springboard for further growth: raising million of dollars in subsequent financing, while disrupting the mobility industry. Past winners include:

2019 Grand Prize Winner: Xtelligent – an infrastructure company developing the traffic signals of tomorrow.

2018 Grand Prize Winner: Metro Africa Express – a personal mobility company committed to making moto-taxis safe, affordable and accessible across West Africa.

2017 Grand Prize Winner: Swiftly – a smart infrastructure company developing enterprise software to help transit agencies and cities improve urban mobility.


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