Got an automotive startup idea? Want to get it in front of automotive eyeballs? Got an elevator pitch and the bones of a proposal in your pocket? Then the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show has an opportunity for you to make your own luck. This year, its startup challenge is open to all comers after being closed last year.
Here’s the important part: applications have to be received by August 26, so visit the Top Ten Automotive Startups page right now and fill out the form. Automotive, transportation, and mobility ideas are all welcome to submit applications.
Executives from Google, Lyft, NVIDIA, Local Motors, Elektrobit, the City of Los Angeles, and more will be selecting the top ten startups. Those ten companies will be featured at AutoMobility (formerly the Connected Car Expo), the technology pavilion of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Organizers are expecting 4,500 media professionals and 20,000 industry experts to attend this year.
But wait! There’s more! Three of those top ten companies will be mentored at the event by Silicon Valley investor Bill Tai, and one startup will be invited to attend the Extreme Tech Challenge (or XTC) on entrepreneur Richard Branson’s private estate on Necker Island.
The Los Angeles Auto Show is evolving, along with the rest of the automotive industry, to anticipate the future of transportation—which might be less dependent on cars as we know them. AutoMobility will also showcase companies and projects like Arcimoto’s all-electric personal transportation, electric and renewable bikes from Juicer Bikes, and SKURT, an app-based vehicle delivery and pickup service.
EDIT: The deadline for applications has been extended to August 26, 2016.