By on May 31, 2017

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The Los Angeles Auto Show is once again hosting the Top Ten Automotive Startups competition and has opened the door for entrants. If you’ve ever wanted to troll a major automotive trade show with your worst ideas or promote your extremely flimsy business model, this is your opportunity.

Of course, the application process also works if you have a legitimate business you’re looking to showcase. Thanks to the LA Auto Show’s decision to rebrand itself as “AutoMobility LA,” the bar for entry is fairly low. Your automotive startup could involve a drone that finds your keys or a mobile app where people rank the visual appeal of various tire tread patterns. It really only needs to be vaguely auto related. Think we’re kidding? Previously selected winners include Elio Motors, Urb-e scooters, and HopSkipDrive — a ride hailing application aimed specifically at children. 

Submissions are open now through July 15th, so if you’ve got a backseat baby monitoring device or digital cup holder, check out the website. The ten best applicants will be featured at the LAAS AutoMobility pavilion, receiving a booth just outside the LA Convention Center.

In addition to whoever wanders by the booth, winners receive additional networking opportunities with industry executives and LAAS board members via networking events. After the trade show, the selected startups are furnished with a contact sheet of industry mentors willing to help them get the ball rolling on projects. Three of the ten finalists will also have the benefit of additional media exposure and will will have a live onstage powwow with venture capitalist Bill Tai, Norman Firchau of Porsche Consulting North America, and Microsoft’s Jeff Henshaw.

The top ten winners and three finalists will be announced prior to the 2017 AutoMobility LA show, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center November 27-30.

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