SMART at the University of Michigan is honoring enterprises along with cities and states supporting enterprises that are making the world a better place through innovative sustainable transport. The deadline for entrepreneurs to apply is July 7, 2014.
We live in a time in which city leaders are realizing the transformative force of entrepreneurial innovation and of next generation transport. The new mobility space is exploding with opportunities for innovation through new information technologies, new shared service models, and new attitudes, particularly among youth. These solutions are not only advancing the livability and sustainability of communities worldwide, but also growing local and global economies.
New Enterprising City/State MobiPrize
While the MobiPrize has existed since 2012, this year Mobi has launched a new prize for city and state government governments, agencies, and other public enterprises – even mayors and governors – that encourage New Mobility entrepreneurship. This award is in partnership with ICLEI Ecomobility.
In addition to the city and state prize, there are two awards for entrepreneurs in sustainable transport, the Grand MobiPrize ($15,000 cash + mentorship) and the Michigan MobiPrize ($5,000 cash+ mentorship), that are also up for grabs. The deadline to apply for all three awards is July 07, 2014.
2014 MobiPrize winners will be recognized at the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems,taking place between September 7 – 11, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. The event brings together more than 10,000 transport and business professionals, innovators, investors, researchers, elected officials, and public agency representatives from the United States and beyond.
But wait, there’s more!: The MobiPlatform
The MobiPlatform helps promote, connect, and support entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators in the New Mobility space. It was created to advance New Mobility enterprise as a mainspring of the New Mobility industry that will supply the future of transport. The MobiPlatform helps entrepreneurs, investors, city leaders, policy makers, business, academics, and interested citizens learn about the latest in the New Mobility entrepreneurial space, connect with partners and investors, and find opportunities for training and capacity building programs.
To apply for MobiPrize (very easy application form): http://mobiprize.com/?page_id=5121
To Join M.O.D.E. and receive regular updates from the Mobi Platform: http://mobi-platform.com/2014-mobinet/
To learn more about SMART: www.um-smart.org/blog
SMART’s mission is to catalyze and undertake collaborative research, on-the-ground projects (living labs), education, and global learning exchange in a range of areas related to the sustainable future of transportation systems in an urbanizing world, and to the emerging industry and economy that will supply them. SMART is cross-university, multi-stakeholder, global project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.