Dozens of industry innovators and entrepreneurs entered into the running for the chance to present their new produc
SEMA Launch Pad
Now in its third year, the Launch Pad program offers innovators under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their businesses and win a significant package to help them market a new automotive product or service. Earlier this year, members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) were invited to prepare three-minute videos pitching their companies’ most exciting products and services. A YEN task force made up of network leaders looked at all of the videos and whittled the competition down to the 10 best.
Submissions for the 2015 Launch Pad competition—where young entrepreneurs present their business plans to some of the industry’s biggest influencers—are due by July 3.
SEMA Member News recently interviewed Ian Lehn, winner of the 2014 SEMA Launch Pad Competition, to learn about the entire experience and the benefits of program.
Shawn Chartier of Custom Offsets attributes the recent growth and credibility that his company has experienced to his participation in the 2014 SEMA Launch Pad Competition.
SEMA’s Launch Pad competition provides all competitors with substantial industry exposure at the SEMA Show and beyond.
Applications are being accepted, and the judges have been chosen, for SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN) Launch Pad competition.
YEN Launch Pad Helps Propel Young Entrepreneurs
Few automotive specialty-equipment veterans doubt that the industry’s future rests in identifying potential young entrepreneurs and igniting in them the sort of passion and bold innovation that will create a fresh new generation of market leaders. The question is: how? Launching new ideas today is daunting even for large companies with plenty of resources, let alone for young, small-business-minded men and women.
Over the summer, 10 members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) embarked on the Hot Rod Power Tour to promote the network and highlight the variety of career choices available to young professionals in the automotive specialty-equipment market. The tour route began in Charlotte, North Carolina, and visited Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana before ending in Iowa. Amy Fitzgerald, Ian Lehn, Scott Lowe, Paul Makarucha, Brit Mansell, Jonathan Mill, Michelle “Missy” Perez, Dylan Sievers, Kirstin Stone and Jerid Suchy were chosen to participate through an application process.