12 New Startups Join Techstars MobilityBy Amanda Lewan on June 8th, 2016 /
In Detroit, Techstars Mobility has announced their next class of tech startups aiming to disrupt the transportation space.
Last year’s class included companies like SPLT who have expanded regionally and nationally, bringing ride sharing to corporations through their technology platform. The twelve startups in this year’s class will work intensively over the three month program at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit, receiving mentorship, office space and $120,000 in funding.
“Techstars and Ford Motor Company are working to support smart, ambitious entrepreneurs who are developing innovative solutions for mobility issues,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Startups are bringing new energy and creative thinking to the fore, and we are pleased to introduce these new ideas to Detroit and the auto industry.”
Meet the twelve startups below:
- Acerta provides machine-assisted anomaly detection and root-cause analysis
- Algocian delivers state-of-the-art video analytics for security and autonomous vehicles
- Braiq works to personalize the self-driving car
- Cargo is a data-driven general store for the ride-sharing economy
- Donut Media is a digital media company for millennial and Gen Z car enthusiasts
- Drive Spotter offers real-time video search for fleet management
- GoKid delivers complete carpool solutions for busy families
- HAAS Alert is a connected notification platform that warns motorists when emergency vehicles are approaching
- HERO is an app that rewards safe behavior and helps impaired drivers get home safely
- Rally is a platform that allows for pop-up mass transit in high-occupancy vehicles
- Spatial provides a dynamic, human-driven layer of social intelligence for maps and navigation
- Voyhoy is a multimodal transportation booking platform in Latin America and Europe
This year Techstars Mobility saw over 500 applications from 52 countries, with themes across ride-sharing services, improving the car-ownership experience, and safety and autonomous-driving technologies. The program starts June 13th and ends September 8th with a demo day at Detroit Opera House.
The last class has raised $5 million in funding to date, with several startups like SPLT staying and growing in the Detroit and Ann Arbor region.
“Our program is expanding and exceeding expectations with a growing worldwide response,” said Ted Serbinski, managing director, Techstars Mobility. “The quality of companies and technologies submitted by applicants this year is exceptional, making the selection process difficult. We are excited to help these innovators accelerate their businesses while bolstering the entrepreneurial resurgence in Detroit.”
In addition to receiving support from Ford, Magna International, Verizon, Dana, Honda, McDonald’s, Munich Re and Michelin all contribute funding and mentorship to the startups.