October 7–12, 2018

Detroit Ann Arbor

Organized by


The State of Michigan, a world leader in future mobility, together with its partners, is offering a unique week-long program in Detroit and Ann Arbor for mobility startups from China.

The Michigan China Mobility Startup Tour will give Chinese startups direct access to Michigan’s mobility startup ecosystem, including tours of some of the world’s most advanced mobility assets, training from experts at the University of Michigan, exchanges with Michigan-based startups, and a demo day including matchmaking meetings with potential corporate investors in the mobility industry.


Sunday, October 7

Ann Arbor


Welcome Reception

Monday, October 8

Ann Arbor

Classes with University of Michigan Professors
Hosted at TusStar Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Campus Tour

Visit “Unicorn” Companies
Possible stops: Duo Security, May Mobility, Menlo Innovations

Visit the American Center for Mobility
America’s top testing facility for autonomous vehicle technologies

Tuesday, October 8

Ann Arbor • Detroit

Classes with University of Michigan Professors
Hosted at TusStar Ann Arbor

Visit Mcity at the University of Michigan
America’s first R&D center for autonomous vehicles

Techstars Mobility Demo Day

Wednesday, October 10


Detroit Revitalization Tour

Visit Detroit Mobility Startup Assets
Possible stops include: TechTown, NEIdeas, SOUP, Motor City Match, BUILD, LEAR Innovation Center

Detroit Moves Outdoor Festival

Thursday, October 11


Michigan China Mobility Startup Demo Day

Investor Matchmaking

Closing Reception and Dinner

Friday, October 12

Ann Arbor • Detroit

Independent Meetings
Startups will have the opportunity to plan additional meetings on their own

Tour Concludes

Program Details


Potential participants are required to submit an application for inclusion in the program, which will be due August 24, 2018. We will consider Chinese mobility startup companies at all stages of development, in fields including:

  • Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning
  • Batteries
  • Car/Driver/Occupant/Cabin Monitoring
  • Commercial Transportation (Trucking/Logistics)
  • Cyber Security
  • First/Last Mile Transportation
  • Flash Over The Air (FOTA)
  • Internet of Things
  • Mapping
  • Navigation/Traffic Info/Traffic Analysis
  • Parking
  • Predictive Maintenance/ Prognostics
  • Ridesharing
  • Sensors (V2E, V2X, V2V)
  • Other mobility-related areas, at organizers’ discretion


Participant Costs:

Host will issue each participant a visa invitation letter. Participants should check travel.state.gov for visa application details and apply as early as possible.

  • International flight ticket
  • Hotel in Ann Arbor (2 nights) and Detroit (2 nights), hosts will recommend hotel
  • Breakfasts and any independent meals
  • Any insurance for health, travel, or other
  • Visa application
October 7 – 12, 2018

Michigan China Mobility Startup Tour

Detroit    Ann Arbor

Applications for the Michigan China Mobility Startup Tour will be accepted from August 13-24, 2018.

The Michigan-China Innovation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit specializing in creating jobs and prosperity by building connections between Michigan and China.

Funded by the  State of Michigan.