SEMA eNews Vol. 20, No. 13, March 30, 2017

Young Entrepreneurs: Launch Your Businesses With the Help of Leading Experts

By SEMA Editors

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Aaron Aldrich of Any Level Lift was named the 2016 SEMA Launch Pad winner.
   

The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) is now accepting applications for its annual Launch Pad competition. The program, now in its fifth year, has helped young and emerging automotive aftermarket entrepreneurs 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 competition allows innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 a platform to present their products to industry veterans and experts for evaluation and feedback to help take their businesses to the next level. The program offers various prize packages with opportunities to receive a $10,000 award, a free SEMA Show booth and one-year SEMA membership, facetime with key industry influencers, and access to business tools and resources.

“The program is designed to help individuals bring their products to market and ultimately to build a better business,” said SEMA Director of Networks Bryan Harrison. “We are teaching these young entrepreneurs that you more often have to start by selling the problem to the market before selling your product as the solution.”

Applicants do not need to be SEMA or YEN members to participate, but must hold an executive position within the company and, act as its representative in all promotions and presentations if selected as a semi-finalist and finalist. Semi-finalists will be flown to the SEMA Exhibitor Summit, held in Las Vegas in June, to film their official videos, which will be considered in a nationwide voting campaign to determine 10 finalists.

Along with exposure through SEMA media channels and network opportunities, finalists will receive a kiosk-style booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. The grand-prize winner will be awarded industry exposure through ads and articles, complimentary and discounted SEMA resource services, exhibit space at the 2018 SEMA Show and much more.

“The SEMA Launch Pad prize package has so many elements that will benefit my new business. There is a good reason that the competition is entitled ‘Launch Pad,’ because the prize package is certainly tailored to provide one,” said Aaron Aldrich of Any Level Lift, which was named the 2016 SEMA Launch Pad winner. “Any Level Lift is a new name in the industry, and the exposure from the news and magazine articles will help get our name out there, showcase our technology and build our brand.”

To apply or for more information, visit www.sema.org/launchpad. The deadline is May 30, 2017.

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