February 13, 2023 Issue

Semi-Finals - Feb. 23 2023

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Bamboo Co-Working: 220 S Main St, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA.

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Amanda Lewan, CEO and Co-founder of Bamboo

Amanda is the CEO of Bamboo a co-working space developer and operator with locations across Metro Detroit. Bamboo's mission is to build an inclusive and innovative ecosystem. With nearly 1,000 members who are entrepreneurs, operators, and leaders, Bamboo has been recognized locally and nationally for their impact. Bamboo - Royal Oak is hosting the 15th Annual GAMIC Semi-Finals Event and is a major supporter of automotive and mobility start-ups in Michigan and cross-border with the Accelerator in Windsor, Ontario.

Andreas Mai, Senior Advisor in the Automotive and Mobility practice of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). As a thought leader in digital innovation and the future of people and goods transportation he is frequently invited to speak at conferences worldwide. His latest works include: “Driving Disruptive Innovation in the Age of Digitization” in the book “Digital or Dead” and “A $5 Trillion Ticket: Funding the Future of Transportation” at TEDx.

Beyza Sarioglu, Vice President, Digital Cockpit and Connected Services Visteon Corporation. Is a technology and business executive with more than 20 years of automotive experience. in engineering, sales, product planning, and general management including a 3-year international expatriate assignment in China. Advance driver assistance systems, electrification of powertrain and connectivity. She has been recognized as one of the notable women in STEM by Crain’s Detroit in 2019.

Fred Cartwright, President and CEO of Conexus Indiana, one of six (6) non-profit branded initiatives under the umbrella of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) founded in 2007. Cartwright has spent his career in manufacturing innovation leadership positions, with an emphasis on automotive technology commercialization, business development, public-private-partnerships and leading-edge research park development. This includes 33 years at General Motors, 5 years at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, South Carolina and 3 years as President of PRUV Mobility,

James Robnett, Vice President Sales and Business Development at Basemark. James is a seasoned automotive executive with over 30 years experience working in R&D, Engineering, Program Management, Product Management, Business Development, and Sales and Marketing. Robnett has particular experience and expertise in ADAS, Autonomous Driving, and Infotainment products and services. He has worked throughout the Automotive eco-system with roles with OEMs, Tier 1s, Growth Companies, and Start-Ups. Recently he was part of the executive team that took AEye (a LiDAR and perception start-up) public.

John Cain, CEO of 3IS Inc. an industry specialist in automotive electronics hardware, software and software development. John starting his career at Western Gear, now part of Northrop Grumman and also worked with United Technologies and Lucas Electronics (now TRW), at Philips Semiconductors (now NXP), Siemens Microelectronics (now Infineon), and VP of Marketing and Sales at Vector CANtech. In 2002 John formed 3IS, providing electronics research tools, benchmarking and consulting services to the automotive industry. John is an established author, having written a patent on IT related, server query processes and numerous whitepapers.

Partha Goswami, Senior Manager Technology Trends & Insights, General Motors

Partha has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, with a background spanning product development, R&D, planning and a variety of business assignments in brand strategy and capital management. As General Motors' professional fellow and senior manager of technology insight in Global Product Planning, he is responsible for identifying technology trends, exploring future implications and cascading strategic recommendations to leadership within the company. He holds a Ph.D. Applied Mechanics from Iowa State University, an MBA from University of Michigan and has a certification as foresight professional from University of Houston.

Roger Jollis, brings executive experience from the Automotive, Aerospace, IT and Consumer Electronics industries as a board and management advisor to technology startups in the automotive industry. Most recently, Roger held the role of Vice President of Product Management for Harman’s Automotive Connectivity Business Unit where he was responsible for Harman’s hardware, software and services product lines that securely connect cars to the Internet, to the transportation infrastructure and to each other. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York. 

Tissaphern Mirfakhrai is a Senior Engineering Specialist at Eaton Research Laboratories, Eaton Corporation’s central R&D. Dr. Mirfakhrai received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada in 2009. He completed postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, where he developed new materials and systems for energy storage and solar cells and studied their degradation mechanisms. He joined Eaton Corporation’s Electronics Division in Pleasanton, California in 2013, where he developed supercapacitors and power inductors. He was recognized as Eaton Engineer of the year in 2016 for the invention of a new type of supercapacitor that enhanced their energy density by 30%, which he subsequently helped turn into a commercially available product.


  • Ampcontrol Technologies Inc. - New York City, NY, USA
  • Software that helps fleet owners manage and optimize their electric vehicle charging infrastructure and operations.
  • EdgeHog Advanced Technologies - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • A omnidirectional anti-reflective glass treatment for flat panels using a combination of nanotexturing and nanotechnology.
  • eRayzer - Fulun, Sweden
  • Light source located high on the inside top of the windshield improving eye sight quality, light lifecycle and vehicle design.
  • Fluxomoto - Koper, Slovenia
  • Electric all terrain motorcycle that outperforms gas-powered rivals.
  • GeoMate Inc.- Waterloo, Canada
  • Cost effective HD Mapping using AI technology for driving,
  • Harrison Auto Labs - Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Innovative automotive suspension system for sports cars.
  • InceptEV- Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  •  A simulation-first EV data company for fleet operations selection, planning and route optimization. 
  • It's Electric Inc. - Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Curbside EV charging systems for cities across the US to advance the speed of adoption of Electric Vehicles in all communities.
  • Land Energy - Cleveland,OH, USA
  • Manufacturing software defined vehicles powered by connected and swapable energy packs.
  • LiveRoad Analytics, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Meteorological technology company utilizing connected fleet and proprietary sensor data to access road network risk and delay.
  • Luchs Security - Hannover, Germany
  • An automated security testing suite that allows manufacturers of ECU's to seamlessly and automatically test their products.
  • Magwerks Vision Inc. - Lake Orion, MI, USA
  • A Mobility-focused advanced vehicle illumination and lighting supplier with unique designs.
  • MinervaS - Ficiano, Italy
  • A patented software solution that reduces fuel consumption & emission by optimizing heavy vehicle speed and acceleration.
  • Orbis Brakes Inc. - Santa Rossa, CA, USA
  • New brake technology which delivers race car performance dramatically lighter, safer, and with lower brake dust emissions.
  • OSCP's Motion Sensing Inc. - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • A hardware start-up developing high performance Inertial Measurement Units and Inertial navigation Systems for navigation
  • Phoenix Tailings - Boston, MA, USA
  • New manufacturing technologies to recover rare primary metals, sustainably and efficiently by accessing tailings at mining sites.
  • Plug Zen - Detroit, MI, USA
  • A multi-vehicle charging platform that reduces EV charging infrastructure costs and charges wired and wirelessly.
  • Pontosense Inc. - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • A wireless sensing device to measure vital signs with life-saving detection of children, and driver/passenger emergencies.
  • Rock15 Inc. - San Jose, CA, USA
  • A Symbolic AI solution, digital brain 1st case use to address supply chain disruption for planners or procurement risk managers
  • TrovaCom Vehicles Inc. - Radford, VA, USA
  • A multiplatform offering consisting of an EV spotter truck and a driveline conversion program for Class 8 Diesel to Electric Truck
  • Volexion - Chicago, IL, USA
  • Drop-in conformal graphene encapsulation, protecting Lithium battery cathode materials and driving tech improvements.
  • Vultara - Troy, MI, USA
  • A SaaS product that covers the entire automotive cybersecurity engineering lifecycle, from concept design to post monitoring.

Since 2008, GAMIC Winners have raised $ 200,000,000 USD.


  • 70+ industry experts to help accelerate startups businesses and make it grow

  • $300,000+ USD of professional services and cash to accelerate (4) Automotive and Mobility technology start-ups to network, meet new partners; showcase their technologies; and compete for rapid commercialization assistance

  • $ 10,000+ USD of value in Acceleration and Scale-Up Services Online & In-Person with office + work space located in the Detroit, Michigan - Windsor, Ontario region

  • Private Introductions to: GM Ventures, Private Equity, Angel Groups and Angel Investors as well as Key OEM and TIER 1 Leaders

  • Industry Interviews with John McElroy The (4) GAMIC Winners will be hosted by John McElroy a journalist, lecturer, commentator and the creator of the "Autoline Daily,” and the host of the television program “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy Award-winning program featuring top automotive executives

Semi-Finalists and Finals Companies receive individual mentorship, coaching and networking opportunities with automotive industry executives, GAMIC Partners and have opportunites to meet with VC's and investors.

With exposure to over 10,000 transportation and mobility executives, engineers, investors, innovators and entrepreneurship supporters, the GAMIC FINALS are held at the SAE International WCX in Detroit, Michigan draws applicants from around the globe to present online or in-person during the competition on Monday April 17, 2023.



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  • February 23, 2023
  • Bamboo - Co-Working
  • 220 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, USA


  • April 17, 2023
  • SAE WCX World Congress - Huntington Place
  • 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, Michigan, 48226 USA


Onsite and online from SAE WCX at Huntington Place is the 16th largest convention center in the United States. Built by the City of Detroit, it was originally opened in 1960 and named Cobo Hall in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo (1950-1957).In 2021, the venue name was changed to Huntington Place. Today, the center hosts conferences, conventions and tradeshows bringing 1.5 million visitors a year from across the globe to Detroit.


GAMIC 2023


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