SEMA ‘Launch Pad’ Seeks Young Innovators

Jun 6, 2013

The SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) is seeking young entrepreneurs to compete in its first “SEMA Launch Pad” competition.

The competition, which will cumulate at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, offers a platform for executive-level innovators under the age of 40 to showcase their business plans for marketing new automotive products or services.

“Our industry is made up of innovative visionaries,” said Bryan Harrison, SEMA Launch Pad project manager. “Through the SEMA Launch Pad, we’re hoping to discover new leaders who will pave the way to the future. We’re looking for folks to follow in the steps of the pioneers who started our industry nearly 50 years ago.”

The competition is open to YEN members who are leading executives (presidents, CEOs or owners). Applicants must complete an online application that requires the submission of a short video detailing their company’s functioning prototype/concept or product/service available for sale.

Ten candidates will be selected, but the five candidates that will participate in the final round will be determined by votes submitted by fans on the competition’s Facebook page. The top five candidates make a business pitch to a judging panel of industry members at the 2013 SEMA Show. The winner will earn a booth at the 2014 SEMA Show; an ad in Hot Rod magazine or 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine; a family events sponsorship; web design; and graphic design and public relations consultation packages.

For complete details or to apply, visit www.SEMA.org/launch-pad or contact Bryan Harrison at bryanh@SEMA.org.