Launch Pad News 2014

YEN Power Tour Participants Chronicle Experience for Social Media

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.

SEMA Launch Pad Voting Ends Soon

Jonathan Mill (standing), 2013 SEMA Launch Pad winner, pitched his E-Stopp business to the judging panel at last year’s SEMA Show.In July, 10 young automotive entrepreneurs were selected from a large pool of competitors for the 2014 Launch Pad competition. The competition offers innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 a platform to showcase their businesses for marketing a new automotive product or service.

In July, 10 young automotive entrepreneurs were selected from a large pool of competitors for the 2014 Launch Pad competition. The competition offers innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 a platform to showcase their businesses for marketing a new automotive product or service.

Second Annual SEMA Launch Pad Presented By YEN

After the success of last year’s Launch Pad competition, SEMA is excited to announce that the contest will return for a second year at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Young Executives Network (YEN), the SEMA Launch Pad 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.

Launch Pad Competition Returns for 2014

Jonathan Mill (second from right), was named the 2013 Launch Pad winner. He was congratulated by Bryan Harrison (left), Lindsay Hubley (second from left) and Dan Kahn (right). 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.

Fresh Faces, Fresh Ideas

What’s Driving the Industry’s Young Entrepreneurs?

A lot has been said and written lately about the “aging” of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. Built over roughly six decades by hands-on parts and hardcore speed and performance innovators, the automotive aftermarket is now an industry topping $30 billion. However, questions currently abound over whether it will continue to attract younger enthusiasts—not only as consumers but as entrepreneurs.

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