Nokia Growth Partners – NGP -have announced a collaboration at the third annual Connected Car Expo® (CCE) which brings an all-new Innovation Zone to the show. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness of the impact that new auto industry players are having on the automotive business. This joint NGP -CCE initiative promised to deliver an unprecedented number of auto/tech entrepreneurs exhibiting at this year’s event which ran from November 16-17, 2015.
More than 20 start-ups or early stage auto tech companies exhibited their groundbreaking innovations ranging from mobility concierge and parking solutions to sophisticated mapping and tracking devices.
NGP, which launched a $100 million Connected Car Fund in 2014, featured several companies in its Innovation Zone, including Citymaps, Nauto, Parkwhiz, Rivet Radio, Zubie, Prazo, Openbay,Traffic Technologies Services, Autosport Labs, Vision Fleet and Zirx.
Industry veterans including Andrew Poliak, Global Director Business Development, QNX; Lars Boeryd, Director Automotive Marketing, CSR Technology, Inc.; and Ben Hoffman, CEO, Movimento all offered guidance at the show on effective strategies within the market as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Jon Alain Guzik, Founder of Prazo said of the event that
“Prazo is thrilled for the opportunity to network directly with the automakers and major suppliers. As a connected car startup, we take advantage of every chance to show off our innovative lifestyle-focused solution to car ownership. Entrepreneurs with unique solutions are helping to drive a lot of the new opportunities in the auto industry and Prazo is excited to be a part of CCE.”
November 14 and 15, the weekend prior to the official kick-off of the Connected Car Expo, saw Mojio, AT&T and Bosch host the Connected Car Expo Hack-a-thon at Rhubarb Labs in downtown Los Angeles. More than 250 developers and designers worked with the AT&T Developer Program to create the best Connected Car App using the Mojio platform. As the major sponsor, Bosch awarded a $5,000 cash prize to first place winner, $2,500 to second place winner and $1,000 to the third.