State of Michigan Launches Business-to-Business Platform for 2018 Detroit Auto Show


In partnership with Michigan Economic Development Corp., the North American International Auto Show today announced a business-to-business and business-to-industry connection platform for the 2018 show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

Through the expanded partnership, MEDC, PlanetM, and the auto show will partner with Techstars Mobility to curate a series of vetted, pre-scheduled meetings that provide AutoMobili-D exhibitors focused on mobility solutions with new business and industry connections. The matchmaking will occur from Jan. 15-17, allowing participating companies to connect and meet with key automakers, startups, suppliers, and venture capitalists.

“Last year was a great inaugural event of the AutoMobili-D platform at the North American International Auto Show,” says Gov. Rick Snyder. “Next year will be even better because in Michigan, we’re always seeking ways to improve. More people will be able to see how connected and autonomous vehicles are being developed and how they can change our lives for the better.

By adding match-making meetings, we also can use this platform to explore more business development opportunities in our growing mobility sector. I’m looking forward to the 2018 show and the potential it has for all of Michigan.”

The inaugural launch of AutoMobili-D at last year’s event featured more than 180 brands, including automakers, suppliers, tech startups, universities, and government organizations. The 2018 AutoMobili-D will be expanding by 30,000 square feet to accommodate the interest of new and returning exhibitors.

Limited exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are still available and more information can be found here.

Key dates for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show include:

  • Jan. 13: The Gallery at Cobo Center Atrium (New location)
  • Jan. 14-21: AutoMobili-D
  • Jan. 14-16: Press Preview
  • Jan. 17-18: Industry Preview
  • Jan. 19: Charity Preview
  • Jan. 20-28: Public Show