A2B Bikeshare, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
The winner of the 2014 MobiPrize for Michigan-based New Mobility Entrepreneurs was A2B Bikeshare! Many thanks to NextEnergy for sponsoring the prize! A2B Bikeshare was founded in 2011 with support from University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Their “smart bike – dumb rack” system was born out of a need for affordable bike sharing systems that could be sustainable without government funding.
About A2B Bikeshare
A2B has developed an automated short-term bike sharing system that significantly lowers the hardware and operational costs of bikesharing to make it financially sustainable and more accessible to smaller or challenged communities. It allows visitors and residents to interact with their community in new ways, and it helps communities, colleges, and corporate campuses to become greener, healthier, and better connected.
About the MobiPrize for Michigan-based New Mobility Entrepreneurs
For 2014, NextEnergy worked with the Mobi Team to create a special award for Michigan-based companies. It’s a great way to crowd source and recognize Michigan companies developing solutions in areas like connected transportation, electrified transportation, and new fleet services. NextEnergy believes the award will provide impact by promoting Michigan innovators and connecting them not only to each other but also Mobi’s global network of entrepreneurs, investors and industry mentors.
Founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses, and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector.
As the winner of the 2014 MobiPrize for Michigan-based New Mobility Entrepreneurs, A2B Bikeshare won:
- A $5000 cash prize
- Honors at the award ceremony held at the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress in Detroit from Sept 7-11, 2014
- Mentorship, Networking opportunities and more….