Registration Now Open for SEMA Battle of the Builders Competition

SEMA News—August 2018

Industry News

By Amanda Gubbins

  Battle of the Builders
The Battle of the Builders competition shines a spotlight on the talents and craftsmanship of builders participating in the SEMA Show.

Registration Now Open for SEMA Battle of the Builders Competition

Builders displaying cars or trucks at the 2018 SEMA Show can bring added exposure to their vehicles and the products that make their builds unique by entering the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition online at

The fifth annual contest shines a spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world.

New for 2018 is the recognition of a winner in each of four categories: Hot Rod, Truck/Off-Road, Sport Compact, and Young Guns. In addition, SEMA has expanded the Young Guns regional program, which will award 14 builders age 27 and younger the opportunity to participate in SEMA Battle of the Builders.

As in previous years, one builder will be named the contest’s winner during the SEMA Show, and all competitors could be featured in a one-hour, nationwide TV special that will air on the Velocity Network.

To enter the SEMA Battle of the Builders, visit

Launch Pad
The 2017 Launch Pad winner Tom Burden (left) presented his Grypmat product to judges at the live competition.

Launch Pad Finalists Vie for Votes

The 15 semifinalists in the SEMA Launch Pad program are competing for your votes on social media. Voting is open from July 30–September 6 on Facebook and will determine which 10 of the semifinalists will move on to the final live presentations at the SEMA Show.

Over the course of six years, Launch Pad has helped young and emerging entrepreneurs in the automotive aftermarket launch their products and services with expert guidance and increased brand exposure that has resulted in exponential business growth.

The competition gives innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 a platform to present their products to industry veterans and experts for evaluation and feedback. The program offers various prize packages, with opportunities to receive a $10,000 award for use toward the benefit of the business, a free SEMA Show booth, a one-year membership, face time with key industry influencers, and access to business tools and resources.

View the semi-finalists’ pitch videos and vote online now at

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