SEMA News—June 2014
Launch Pad Competition Returns for 2014
The SEMA Launch Pad competition, in which automotive innovators under the age of 40 showcase their business plans for marketing a product or service, has returned for 2014. Last year’s inaugural winner was Jonathan Mill for the E-Stopp, a pushbutton emergency brake and anti-theft device for custom vehicles.
For the 2014 competition, the top 10 competitors will gather votes through the SEMA Facebook/YouTube voting platform. The top five individuals will then receive invitations to pitch their business ideas during a special event in front of an industry-fueled crowd at the 2014 SEMA Show.
The Launch Pad competition is presented by the Young Executives Network. The competition’s judging panel will feature returning judges Doug Evans, SEMA chairman-elect; and Ron Coleman, president and CEO of COMP Performance Group. New judges include Tracie Nuñez, president of the Performance Warehouse Association; Todd Ballard, director of sports marketing at GoPro; and Glenn Rogers, partner at Beyond Marketing.
For more information, to fill out an application or to learn about the winner’s prize package—which includes a 10x10-ft. booth at the 2015 SEMA Show, a one-page ad in SEMA News, an ad in Hot Rod or 4-Wheel & Off Road magazine, PR and social-media consultation and much more—visit www.sema.org/launch-pad.
Questions? Contact Bryan Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.