By Katie Carson
The SEMA Launch Pad competition has been narrowed down to 15 semi-finalists representing new, innovative products and services in the specialty automotive aftermarket.
The SEMA Launch Pad has been narrowed down to 15 semi-finalists representing new, innovative products and services in the specialty automotive aftermarket. These next-gen automotive leaders are looking for a big break to launch their businesses to the next level.
Your votes will help competitors secure a spot in the top 10 and advance to the next level of the program—the live competition at the 2017 SEMA Show, Monday, October 30, at 11:30 a.m., in the Westgate Theatre.
Follow your favorite finalists as they pitch their products in front of a live audience to a panel of industry judges who will then determine the ultimate winner.
Get to know the semi-finalists, learn about their products and vote today!
Mike Alexander, President/Owner – FLO Airride
Product: FLO Modular Billet Tank (FLO-MBT)
The all-new FLO Airride modular air tanks feature patent-pending TwistLock technology, making it one of the most customizable and modular air tanks with an extremely easy and quick install time. High-pressure burst rates exceeding 2,500 psi also make it one of the safer air vessels in today’s rapidly advancing air-suspension aftermarket.
Kyle Bailey, CEO – NuVinAir LLC
Product: The NuVinAir Cyclone
The NuVinAir Cyclone powerfully eradicates bacteria and odor from vehicles via a patented, 15-minute delivery system that fits in a cup holder. The natural compound found in NuVinAir has more than 100 years of scientific research backing its effectiveness, making NuVinAir one of the best sanitization and deodorization options for the automotive aftermarket.
Carl Borkholder, Owner – Gen-Y Industries
Product: Gen-Y Adjustable Drop Hitch
GEN-Y’s Adjustable Torsion Drop Hitch features heavy-duty rubber torsion flex cords designed to help mitigate 90% of up-and-down inertia, leaving the truck, trailer, cargo and driver feeling less beat up, while providing a much smoother ride.
Tom Burden, CEO/Founder – Grypshon Industries LLC
The Grypmat Trio is made from patent-pending, flexible, non-magnetic, non-slip, rubberized material. Grypmats stick to curved surfaces, such as car bodies and composite race cars. Using a Grypmat reduces surface damage, shortens maintenance times and is a mechanic’s most valuable tool, according to the company.
Matt Corish, Co-founder – V12LS.com
Product: V12 LS Engine
The V12 LS engine puts excitement under the hood of any project. Build a 1,000-plus-hp monster with your favorite LSX parts or drop in a turnkey package for the ultimate LS swap.
Pete Gonzales, COO – Darkside Scientific
LumiLor electroluminescent paint is the integration of paint and light. LumiLor allows any paint job to emit controllable light. And LumiLor allows controllable light to be added to anything that can be painted. It’s paint. It’s light. It’s LumiLor.
Gregor Hanuschak, Founder – Smack Innovations
Drive and safely control every app on your phone for $69. Clamp SafeConnect onto your steering wheel and use voice commands and buttons to control apps and iPhone or Android features. Always keep eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and phone in your pocket.
Ben Horst, President – Eddy Motorworks
Product: Electric Vehicle Conversion
The Eddy Motorworks Electrocet is the track car of the future. Borrowing much of the chassis from the Exomotive Exocet and the electric powertrain from a Tesla, the company says that the Electrocet delivers supercar-rivaling acceleration, intuitive handling, and more than 250 miles of range, with zero emissions.
Ken Lock Jr., COO/Co-founder – Angle X
Product: Angle X Steering Coupling
The AX 90 is a double-spherical dynamic joint capable of a 90-degree angle. It is designed to hold up to the high torque loads of today’s hot-rod and off-road markets. The product is 100% made in the United States out of 300M and 4000 series alloy.
Andrew Miller, Founder/CEO – RideController LLC
RideController Pro brings to market a central hub designed to connect and manage your entire vehicle. With its RideController app, end users will have the ability to fully control their customized vehicles from multiple entry points from a tablet, phone, watch, dedicated screen or even factory switches.
Brian Pierce, Design Engineer – Delicious Tuning
Product: Flex Fuel Conversion Kit
Delicious Tuning Flex-Fuel conversion kits are designed to give fuel flexibility for vehicles that are not able to run ethanol from the factory. Being completely plug and play, the kit installs using factory connections. The system safely unlocks your engine’s performance potential by taking advantage of the high-octane fuel ethanol provides.
Jessi Rosebrugh, CEO – Twister Fastener
Product: Blind Application Fastener
The Twister Faster is a helix coil that threads through a half-inch hole in sheet metal. When tightened, it compresses the coil, creating a full circumference of support, like a washer. It is a great option for any blind installation of aftermarket products.
Irina Slavina, COO – HUDWAY
Product: HUDWAY Drive
HUDWAY Drive is a next-generation portable head-up display for any car. It projects a color image onto a transparent lens positioned in the driver’s line of sight. Paired wirelessly with a smartphone, it allows drivers to control navigation, music, phone calls and texts without taking their eyes off the road.
Brock Templeman, President – Savior Products Inc.
Product: Savior Battery Cases
Savior Battery Cases were engineered with ShockStop Technology that protects your battery from shock and vibration damage—two leading causes of premature battery failure. Independent tests show that Savior’s ShockStop Technology can isolate up to 99.3% of harmful vibration and drastically reduce the negative effects of impact shock.
Edward Uehling, Co-founder – King Tailgates LLC
Product: King Tailgate
The KT1 is a replacement option for OEM tailgates. Its utility patent-protected design conceals comfortable seating and an innovative center console with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, auxiliary and charging ports and dual oversized cup holders.