LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MaiTai Global's internationally-acclaimed tech competition Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is joining forces with the LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA,a merger of the show's Connected Car Expo and Press and Trade Days, this November 14-17, 2016. Currently accepting submissions through August 26, companies have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a chance to become the next prodigious automotive startup and attend the XTC 2017 Finals on Necker Island, owned by special guest judge Sir Richard Branson. The partnership between AutoMobility LA and XTC 2017 is the new paradigm of what lies ahead for the monumental union of technology and the auto industry as it stands today.
Directly preceding LA Auto Show 2016, AutoMobility LA is a marquee event where the automotive and technology industries meet to discuss the future of transportation and mobilization. The four-day event allows for innovative individuals and enterprises with brilliant, cutting-edge ideas to convene within a collaborative space for networking, education and witnessing breaking news unfold within the industry. Having played host to hundreds of the best minds in the new mobility movement, including 2015 keynote speaker Co-Founder and President of Lyft John Zimmer, AutoMobility LA grants attendees unprecedented access to opportunities that make ambitious dreams a reality.
Building upon organic connections that arise, AutoMobility LA takes the networking opportunity one step further - inviting aspiring startups and venturous entrepreneurs to apply for a chance to place in AutoMobility LA's 2016 Top Ten Automotive Startups. This highly-coveted honor sets ten startups apart from thousands of newcomers, granting them a tremendous amount of media exposure, showcasing their budding venture on AutoMobility LA's global stage and pivotal opportunities to secure millions in funding.
For their efforts and participation, each honored startup will receive complimentary exhibit space at the trade show where they may showcase their products and connect with investors, influencers and media, totaling upwards 25,000 industry professionals in 2015. Announced live during AutoMobility LA, the Top Three will receive the exclusive opportunity to sit down with Co-Founder of MaiTai, Extreme Tech Challenge and Silicon Valley investor and mentor, Bill Tai, on November 16 on the Technology Pavilion Stage. Following the mentor opportunity, one lucky finalist will have the chance to attend the prestigious XTC 2017 Finals on Necker Island.
In 2015, the inaugural AutoMobility LA event saw Three of the Top Ten startups gain valuable infrastructure:
- Elio Motors ($16M Equity Crowdfunding/January 2016)
- High Mobility (Undisclosed, 7 Figure Seed Funding Investment/March 2016)
- HOPSKIPDRIVE ($10.2M Series A/January 2016)
Do you have what it takes? Download the application deck here for more information on becoming one of AutoMobility LA's Top Ten Automotive Startups.
Applications for AutoMobility 2016 are now open through August 26, 2016. Enter now for your chance to become the automotive industry's next great startup!
AutoMobility LA is proud to announce Fortune Magazine as 2016's Official Media Sponsor
About XTC 2017 - The Extreme Tech Challenge brings together targeted resources and world class advisors to help high-energy, ambitious entrepreneurs that are executing on big ideas. By providing exposure and capital to accelerate scaling of budding enterprises with free infrastructure and other start-up boosters from world class vendors. The final round of XTC will be held at Necker Island—with Sir Richard Branson as special guest judge. XTC is hosted by MaiTai Global, a vanguard of leading entrepreneurs, creators, and athletes who gather around the globe to celebrate community, technology and kite-boarding. Participants combine their energy, network and resources to help each other achieve professional success, pushing the limits of work and play while also fueling philanthropic activities around the world.
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 LATM, the industry's first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation. AutoMobility LA 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 14-17, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed starting Nov. 16. 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/LAAutoShow and sign up for alerts at http://www.laautoshow.com/. For more information about AutoMobility LA, please visit http://www.automobilityla.com.
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Russell Ward, (310) 424-8356, [email protected]
SOURCE Los Angeles Auto Show