The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), have announced a business-to-business and business-to-industry connection platform that will be a first-ever at an auto show.
“Last year was a great inaugural event of the AutoMobili-D platform at the North American International Auto Show,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “Next year will be even better because in Michigan, we’re always seeking ways to improve. More people will be able to see how connected and autonomous vehicles are being developed and how they can change our lives for the better. By adding match-making meetings, we also can use this platform to explore more business development opportunities in our growing mobility sector. I’m looking forward to the 2018 show and the potential it has for all of Michigan.”
Through the expanded partnership, MEDC, PlanetM and NAIAS, along with Techstars Mobility, will coordinate a series of vetted, pre-scheduled meetings that provide AutoMobili-D exhibitors with new business and industry connections. The matchmaking will occur on Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 15-16) of Press Days, as well as Wednesday (Jan. 17), the first Industry Preview day.
Through this platform, participating AutoMobili-D companies will now be able to connect and meet with three key audience groups:
- Venture Capitalists
“AutoMobili-D provides the ideal platform to launch these auto show-first initiatives in front of tens of thousands of mobility-focused individuals,” said Ryan LaFontaine, 2018 NAIAS chairman. “Companies and individuals participating in AutoMobili-D will be able to forge new connections and collaborations through these platforms the State of Michigan is launching.”
The inaugural launch of AutoMobili-D in 2017 featured more than 180 brands, ranging from automakers, to suppliers, to tech startups as well as universities and government organizations. From John Krafcik debuting the fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica, to Carlos Ghosn providing insights into Nissan’s plans for a connected future, to Julia Steyn on Maven’s outlook on urban mobility as a “service,” these industry leaders and many others took the stage and delivered more than 40 hours of mobility-focused announcements and discussions.
Rod Alberts, NAIAS executive director said, “To continue be perceived as a true global leader, our show needs to bring dynamic, industry-leading opportunities to our partners and attendees. No other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of companies, organizations and thought leaders under one roof.”
The MEDC will play a significant role in supporting AutoMobili-D in 2018. PlanetM, the state’s partnership branding initiative to foster, retain and grow the mobility sector and position Michigan, as the global epicenter for future transportation, will spearhead many new initiatives during the 2018 show, including the previously announced Future Automotive Career Exposition (FACE). At FACE, participating AutoMobili-D companies will have the opportunity to interact face-to-face with qualified candidates and fill needed positions across a wide array of disciplines at the first weekend of public show (Jan. 20-21).
The 2018 AutoMobili-D will be expanding by 30,000 square feet and now will encompass 150,000 square feet to accommodate the increased interest from new companies and returning ones alike.
Limited exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are still available for AutoMobili-D. Visit the NAIAS website for more information and contact details.