The concept of SEMA’s Launch Pad competition, powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN), has always been to identify and engage the next generation of industry leaders. Modeled after television competitions that offer young businesses a chance to win backing for their proposals, the SEMA program provides up-and-coming entrepreneurs with guidance and a platform for their ventures. The fourth annual competition in 2016 followed suit, albeit with a number of format adjustments that were intended to extend benefits to more of the finalists.
Launch Pad News 2016
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy is bringing his standup comedy routine to the 2016 SEMA Show as the featured entertainer at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, to be held on Thursday, November 3. Known for his signature catchphrase “Git-R-Done,” Larry is a multiplatinum recording artist, a Grammy nominee, a Billboard award winner and the voice of Mater in the animated feature films Cars and Cars 2.
2016 Launch Pad finalist profiles.
The SEMA Launch Pad Business Competition Powered by the Young Executives Network (YEN) has entered its fourth year. The competition is designed to give the people behind a new product or company in its early stages the tools and connections to take it to the next level. New this year, SEMA decided to open the competition to nonmembers in hopes of reaching young entrepreneurs to show them the resources SEMA provides and the benefits of membership.
The SEMA News team has recently cut together four videos to help highlight association activities.
The SEMA Launch Pad powered by YEN returns for 2016, providing a platform for young entrepreneurs to transform their dream into a real business.
Diamond Bar, CA (March 30, 2016)—The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) is now accepting applications for its annual Launch Pad competition at www.sema.org/launch-pad. The program, now in its fourth year, is a competition that offers young and emerging entrepreneurs in the automotive aftermarket the opportunity to jumpstart their businesses.
The 2016 SEMA Show Priority Booth Space Selection process begins May 2, and now’s the time to start solidifying your plans, especially for first-time exhibitors.
What does it take to successfully launch a startup? If you ask someone who’s done it, they’ll tell you at some point during the conversation about the people who helped them along the way. The process of moving a concept to a fully functioning business can be daunting for young entrepreneurs whose resources may be limited, and it’s nearly impossible to accomplish alone.