July 29, 2020 (Ann Arbor, MI) – May Mobility is being recognized as one of the 2020 awardees for SmartZone Best Small Businesses, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. May Mobility was honored at an awards ceremony during the 16th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business virtual gala event on July 28.
May Mobility is reimagining transportation by deploying autonomous shuttles to help people get where they need to go safely, easily and with a lot more fun. Founded in 2017, May has provided over 260,000 autonomous shuttle rides to date.
“Building May Mobility in Michigan has allowed us access to a fantastic engineering and technology talent pool, as well as tremendous support and economic development opportunities,” said Edwin Olson, Co-Founder and CEO of May Mobility. “We truly appreciate this recognition and look forward to continuing to grow and innovate here in Michigan.”
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SmartZones are organizations located across the state that provide support services to Michigan small businesses. Each region of these various support organizations selects a company to be recognized as a Best Small Business Awardee for demonstrating a strong relationship with the organization as well as significant success as a company. Awardees must be a PTAC, SBDC or SmartZone to submit a Best Small Business Awardee, and each PTAC, SBDC or SmartZone may only submit one company to be recognized. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like May Mobility are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.
“Michigan’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economies and play a vital role in making our communities attractive places to live, work, visit and play,” said Josh Hundt, Chief Business Development Officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “As the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, we are honored to recognize and celebrate these small businesses, which demonstrate the resilience, innovation and grit that sets Michigan apart.”
Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities. The selected companies also go through a rigorous due-diligence process.