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| December 25, 2012

What is SMART MobiPrize?
Who is sure to be interested?
What is Entrepreneurship?
What is Innovation?
What is Sustainable Transportation?
Why SMART MobiPrize?
What is SMART?
Now back to The Prize!


What is SMART MobiPrize?

SMART Mobility Enterprize (the “Mobi”) is an award honoring entrepreneurial ventures that are changing the world – helping to improve the quality of life and revitalize the environment and economy of communities and regions through sustainable transportation (New Mobility). It was conceived and developed by the University of Michigan SMART initiative and its local and international partners with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation. It was first launched in 2012.


Who is sure to be interested?

  • Entrepreneurs would be interested in MobiPrize because it rewards and promotes ventures related to advancing New Mobility and provides a network of like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Big Business would be interested in MobiPrize because it identifies innovative new solutions and business models and responds to and shapes trends and demands for a growing emerging New Mobility market.
  • Academics would be interested in MobiPrize because it brings together projects from around the world that are working on Sustainable Transportation solutions, uncovering new approaches and pointing to needed research and education in this growing field.
  • International Development professionals would be interested in MobiPrize because it catalogs sustainable transportation solutions arising from emerging demands and shifting demographics, and relates to larger trends in urban living and access to goods and services.
  • Investors would be interested in MobiPrize because the wide base of candidates represents not only an exciting investment opportunity but also an opportunity for the betterment of their communities through sustainable transportation.
  • Human Rights advocates would be interested in MobiPrize because it fosters innovations across the board, all over the world, from every walk of life in need of transportation solutions.
  • Who else do you think would be interested and why? Contact us.

What is Entrepreneurship?

We like this definition:

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” – Howard Stevenson, Harvard Business School


What is Innovation?

We like this definition:

““Innovation occurs when different points of view and different existing elements are reframed, reimagined or recombined in new ways to achieve a transformational product, process or service”. -Geoff Mulgan (Social Innovation: What is it?), Andrew Hargadon (professor at UC Davis and network theorist), and Richard Evans (arts innovation consultant).


What is Sustainable Transportation?

AKA New Mobility, sustainable transportation is about moving people, moving goods, and moving less in ways that are cleaner, greener, safer, healthier, more equitable (and hipper).


Why SMART MobiPrize?

Percentage of people in the world now living in cities: 50, and growing.

Also growing: the aging population, climate change, social inequity, traffic congestion, and pollution, all affecting the poor and vulnerable even more deeply. In a context like this we just can’t think about transportation the way we used to.

Response? “Innovation without regard to resources currently controlled.” Despite all odds, and from every corner of the world, cutting edge services, products, modes, technologies, infrastructures, designs, and systems are emerging to move us a just little closer to more livable, caring communities and more vital and sustainable economies.

These promising seeds of transformation need to be nurtured.


What is SMART?

SMART is an initiative  of UMTRI (the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute) and the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It undertakes and catalyzes research, demonstration projects (Living Labs), education, and global learning exchange on a range of issues related to the sustainable future of transportation in an urbanizing world.

Recognizing the complexity of the challenge and the sophistication of the innovation required, SMART takes a systems approach to urban mobility, or more broadly, accessibility. As a university-wide initiative, SMART works with local and international partners from diverse sectors and disciplines to understand and develop new theoretical approaches, and to generate and accelerate implementation of practical, innovative, systems solutions and enterprises. Solutions that tell a holistic and hopeful story for the future of communities and the people in them.


Now Back to the PRIZE!

For 2013, MobiPrize joined forces with the OECD’s International Transport Forum and supported the OECD’s International Transport Forum Transportation Achievement Award that was presented in Leipzig, Germany at their Annual Summit.
Check out the award ceremony

Then, come 2014 we’ll be offering exciting new prizes (and enterprise supports).  Watch our website as we build the momentum for a larger presence.

Note that even if you didn’t win this year’s ITF prize or future grand prizes in 2014, you are still a winner because you will be listed as part of the Mobi Network in the SMART Mobility Registry of New Mobility Ventures. These listings that are for established enterprises, budding enterprises and bodies that support enterprises; profiles your enterprise and connects you with customers, VC’s, investors, other entrepreneurs, and potential collaborators.

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