SEMA gives innovators under the age of 40 an opportunity to pitch their ideas to industry judges through its Launch Pad competition.
SEMA Launch Pad
The fifth annual SEMA Launch Pad, presented by the Young Executives Network (YEN), is now accepting applications for new, innovative automotive products/services from business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.
Diamond Bar, CA (March 22, 2017) — The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) is now accepting applications for its annual Launch Pad competition at www.sema.org/launchpad. The program, now in its fifth year, has helped young and emerging entrepreneurs in the automotive aftermarket launch their new products or services into the marketplace through expert guidance and increased brand awareness that has resulted in business growth of up to 300% for participants.
The concept of SEMA’s Launch Pad competition, powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN), has always been to identify and engage the next generation of industry leaders. Modeled after television competitions that offer young businesses a chance to win backing for their proposals, the SEMA program provides up-and-coming entrepreneurs with guidance and a platform for their ventures. The fourth annual competition in 2016 followed suit, albeit with a number of format adjustments that were intended to extend benefits to more of the finalists.
2016 Launch Pad finalist profiles.
The SEMA Launch Pad Business Competition Powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN) has entered its fourth year. The competition is designed to give the people behind a new product or company in its early stages the tools and connections to take it to the next level. New this year, SEMA decided to open the competition to nonmembers in hopes of reaching young entrepreneurs to show them the resources SEMA provides and the benefits of membership.
The SEMA Launch Pad powered by YEN returns for 2016, providing a platform for young entrepreneurs to transform their dream into a real business.
If you ask someone who’s started a business, they’ll tell you at some point about the people who helped them along the way.
What does it take to successfully launch a startup? If you ask someone who’s done it, they’ll tell you at some point during the conversation about the people who helped them along the way. The process of moving a concept to a fully functioning business can be daunting for young entrepreneurs whose resources may be limited, and it’s nearly impossible to accomplish alone.
Robert Vogt, CTO of Voyomotive, won the Young Executive Network Launch Pad competition at the 2015 SEMA Show.