Chris Bailey and GearBrake just can’t stop winning. Ford announced today that the Velocity and Vogt grad has been accepted into the uber-prestigious Ford-backed organization Techstars Mobility to identify and fund projects related to mobility. The company will receive $120,000 and business plan support to continue to develop innovative products and technology.
Techstars Mobility is an accelerator headquartered in Detroit that was launched in 2014. Ten companies are chosen annually to participate in the program.
GearBrake is a universal brake light module that can detect when a vehicle — primarily motorcycles — is slowing and automatically illuminate the brake lights, reducing the risk of a rear-end collision. Bailey won the 2014 Venture Sharks competition, the 2014 Vogt awards, and the 2014 Kentucky State Pitch Competition Contest. GearBrake was in the fall 2014 Velocity cohort and was the accelerator’s first hardware company.
“With this opportunity we will be building on our current technology and creating new features to develop the future of motorcycle riding. I was so excited to see that Techstars understood our vision for the future and was willing to take a chance to help us get there,” says Bailey.
The rest of the Techstars Mobility cohort includes:
- Ansik, which makes an app to improve the process of automotive service – making it efficient and affordable for everyone
- CDL Warrior, a communication and productivity platform for the trucking industry that connects truck drivers to their supply chain partners and improves efficiency, visibility and compliance
- Classics & Exotics, which brings the sharing economy into the car enthusiast’s garage, allowing classic and exotic car enthusiasts to offset their ownership costs by renting their cars to prescreened, highly qualified candidates
- Cosmos Browser, a mobile Web browser that delivers the Internet via SMS without requiring data or Wi-Fi
- Elegus Technologies, which is a lithium-ion battery separator made from Kevlar that can enable longer-lasting batteries
- Motoroso, which combines content, community and commerce for automotive enthusiasts to help them discover, connect and buy everything that powers their lifestyle
- My Dealer Service, which empowers automotive service departments with digital connectivity and workflow management – elevating efficiency and creating an unprecedented customer experience
- SPLT, a social ride-sharing app designed to connect people with similar routes, share the fare, save money, reduce traffic and emissions and change the way people meet and move in cities around the world
- WISE Systems, which provides real-time routing and analytics software to help on-demand delivery companies
GearBrake will spend the next three months being advised by top industry/business leaders from Ford, Honda, Verizon and others. At the end of the three months, the company will present on Demo Day on Sept. 10 to industry leaders and investors.