LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- After the success of last year's Top Ten Automotive Startups™ (Top Ten) competition, LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA™ today announced its plans to once again select a premier top ten list of the newest, most innovative startups. AutoMobility LA will open up this year's Top Ten Automotive Startups for submissions and the shortlist will recognize the hottest startups with the greatest potential to shape the automotive, transportation and mobility sectors.
Fortune is planning to cover the Top Ten Startups in its September issue. The Top Ten finalists will be selected by the AutoMobility LA Advisory Board, which is comprised of senior executives from Google, Lyft, NVIDIA, Pandora, Aeris Communications, Nokia Growth Partners, City of Los Angeles, Local Motors, Strategy Analytics, Elektrobit and Ellis and Associates.
Startups are encouraged to apply by visiting: http://laautoshow.com/top-ten-automotive-startups/
Top Ten winners will be selected based on a combination of the following criteria: vision, innovation, broad applicability, likelihood of adoption/success, execution and management, determination, existing customers, partners and endorsers, revenue potential, business model and demonstrable product.
The winning Top Ten startups will get exclusive access to AutoMobility LA, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 14-17, and will be featured in the all-new Technology Pavilion. The startups will be recognized in front of more than 4,500 media and 20,000 of the industry's most influential thought-leaders, including automakers, tech titans, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts and more. The companies will also receive major publicity opportunities, such as inclusion in a highlight video during AutoMobility LA and other media interview opportunities on-site.
Top Ten winners will have access to all major AutoMobility LA networking events and will receive an exclusive invitation to a private breakfast with the LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA Executive Team, Thursday, Nov. 17.
"The auto and tech industries are becoming increasingly intertwined. Connectivity is transforming the automobile and people's relationship to mobility altogether," said LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA President and CEO, Lisa Kaz. "We are looking for those innovative startups that are truly bridging the gap between auto and technology and we're excited to see what they bring."
Last year's Top Ten Automotive Startup winners included companies such as Elio Motors, High Mobility and HopSkipDrive. These companies received a significant amount of financial backing after being featured in last year's Top Ten Automotive Startup competition.
"Being recognized as part of last year's Top Ten Startups couldn't have come at a more perfect time for our company. Because of the exceptional opportunity given to us, we were able to unveil our new prototype in front of a global audience of thought leaders, decision makers and media," said Elio Motors' Vice President of Sales, Jerome Vassallo. "The LA Auto Show helped put our company one step closer to our goals and we look forward to continuing this momentum."
Since 2013, several of the show's exhibitors have received significant funding following the show. Most notably was the $500 million investment from General Motors in Lyft, which to date, is the most significant partnership between an automaker and ride-sharing service.
"With 24,000+ automotive media and industry professionals attending last year, and even more anticipated for this year, the concentration of new mobility influencers in one place allows for unprecedented exposure and opportunities for our Top Ten winners," said Kaz.
AutoMobility LA is the culmination of a multi-year effort to evolve the LA Auto Show's Connected Car Expo and its Press & Trade Days into a trade show designed exclusively for the new automotive industry. The four-day event will continue to bring together the entire "new mobility ecosystem" – comprised of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts, etc. – to redefine and unveil the future of transportation.
The LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA will announce more details about the 2016 show over the coming months, including session/discussion topics and industry expert participants.
AutoMobility LA will be accepting Top Ten submissions from June 9 - July 31, 2016. For more information and to submit your company, please visit http://laautoshow.com/top-ten-automotive-startups/ or http://www.automobilityla.com.
About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. In 2016, the show's Press & Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LA™, the industry's first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility. AutoMobility LA 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 14-17, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed. LA Auto Show will open to the public from Nov. 18-27. AutoMobility LA is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking products and makes strategic announcements in front of media from around the globe. LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at http://www.laautoshow.com/. For more information about AutoMobility LA, please visit http://www.automobilityla.com.
AutoMobility LA™, Connected Car Expo®, LA Auto Show® and Los Angeles Auto Show™ are the exclusive property of ANSA Productions, Inc.
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