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.
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The SEMA Launch Pad powered by YEN returns for 2016, providing a platform for young entrepreneurs to transform their dream into a real business.
If you ask someone who’s started a business, they’ll tell you at some point about the people who helped them along the way.
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.
Robert Vogt, CTO of Voyomotive, won the Young Executive Network Launch Pad competition at the 2015 SEMA Show.
Dozens of industry innovators and entrepreneurs entered into the running for the chance to present their new produc
Now in its third year, the Launch Pad program 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. Earlier this year, members of the Young Executives Network (YEN) were invited to prepare three-minute videos pitching their companies’ most exciting products and services. A YEN task force made up of network leaders looked at all of the videos and whittled the competition down to the 10 best.
Submissions for the 2015 Launch Pad competition—where young entrepreneurs present their business plans to some of the industry’s biggest influencers—are due by July 3.
SEMA Member News recently interviewed Ian Lehn, winner of the 2014 SEMA Launch Pad Competition, to learn about the entire experience and the benefits of program.
Shawn Chartier of Custom Offsets attributes the recent growth and credibility that his company has experienced to his participation in the 2014 SEMA Launch Pad Competition.