Category winners and finalists for the 2018 PlanetM Awards were unveiled today, showcasing innovations in mobility platforms and technologies to be recognized at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The PlanetM Awards are a partnership between PlanetM, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) program, AutoMobili-D and NAIAS to honor enterprises developing mobility-focused platforms and technologies. URB-E was selected by a panel of 24 judges to win the eMobility Award “For our inaugural year, we received an overwhelming number of entries for the PlanetM Awards at AutoMobili-D,” said Trevor Pawl, group vice president of PlanetM at the MEDC. “This speaks to Michigan’s leadership in the field of mobility innovation and the impact it is having across the globe. At AutoMobili-D all eyes will be on Detroit to see the latest mobility advancements, highlighting the companies, universities and research entities powering the solutions of tomorrow. We’re excited to honor the best of this world-class group.” “What separates the PlanetM Awards from other awards is authenticity. This is not the typical pay-to-play award. We have the top judges in the world ranking the most innovative mobility products at the show,” said Jake Sigal, Detroit serial entrepreneur and co-host of the PlanetM Awards. “Whether you’re working in the garage or the boardroom, may the best product win.” Each PlanetM Awards category winner will go into a final selection round for the PlanetM Best in Show award. Separately, PlanetM will also announce a Startup of the Year award from the exhibiting startups at the show. Both awards will be presented during AutoMobili-D at NAIAS which runs January 14-21, 2018 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Additionally, PlanetM and Techstars Mobility will be honoring the PlanetM Awards winners and all AutoMobili-D exhibitors at a reception on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. EST at PlanetM Hall E at the Cobo Center. Food and beverages will be sponsored by Dykema. To register to attend, visit the PlanetM and Techstars Eventbrite. The learn more about the PlanetM Awards, visit the Planet M Awards page and watch the PlanetM Awards video. About PlanetM PlanetM represents Michigan’s unique and vast ecosystem, connecting resources and opportunities for its consortium of members. Made up of private industry, government and institutions of higher learning, partners in PlanetM share the common goal of leading the development of smart solutions that will change the way people and goods are transported across all modes of transportation. To learn more about how Michigan is leading the transportation revolution or to become a member, visit PlanetM. About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community and talent development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at www.mitalent.org for more information on Michigan’s online marketplace for connecting job seekers and employers. Join the conversation on: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. About the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Now in its 30th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place. Administered by executive director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United Statesto earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. For more information, visit naias.com.