Bixel Exchange Tech Update - May 4, 2017

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Avisare Receives Mayor's Award
Congratulations to Bixel Startup LAunch entrepreneur Sky Kelley of Avisare on being recognized as outstanding small business by the Small Business Administration and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti! Kelley was awarded on May 1 at an event kicking off this year’s Small Business Week.

Avisare is a centralized network for all businesses to discover new opportunities, post opportunities and bid for contracts using one universal profile.

Bixel Exchange Partner CSUN Hosts 2nd Annual Bull Ring Challenge
On May 2, Bixel Exchange partner CSUN hosted the 2nd Annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition Finals. As part of the competition, students from CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics developed the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate the feasibility of an idea and to ultimately pitch, launch and grow a new venture. The final five teams pitched their products to a panel of judges for the opportunity to win a trial membership to LACI@CSUN, sponsorships and startup capital. Congratulations to Sleepyhead, an e-commerce sleep startup, on their win! Learn more about the competition.

b3_coworking.pngCheck out Startup LAunch's Coworking Day!
On April 27, Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch Program hosted its monthly Coworking Day at the L.A. Area Chamber. The event gives our entrepreneurs a space to share ideas and provides an opportunity for cross collaboration between startups in the program. Check out our Snap story from the event!

b5_snap.pngCalling all L.A. County high school students!
Snapchat stickers are a fun way to add expression to snaps and chats. Every day, Snapchatters can choose from hundreds of colorful stickers designed by Team Snapchat to express their excitement, appreciation, hunger, sleepiness or anything else with a drawing or cartoon.

Together with Snap Inc., we're unleashing the creativity of L.A. students. The challenge: encourage high school students to design a sticker pack themed to High School: A Day in the Life. The student designers of the top 20 sticker packs will have the opportunity to visit Snap Inc. headquarters in Venice for a meet and greet and workshop hosted by the Snapchat design team! Learn more.


Do you have a business idea you want to start?
One of the largest entrepreneurship programs in Latin America is now in Los Angeles! Aiming to inspire and empower Latino and Latina entrepreneurs in L.A., Televisa Foundation and Univision 34 are launching the POSiBLE Accelerator Program, which offers training, tools, access to resources and more opportunities to take early stage startups and business ideas to the next level. The program is free, open and anyone can register and build their business model canvas online until May 6. Top startups will be chosen to present at the POSiBLE LA Entrepreneurship Summit on May 20. Learn more.


A Day in the Life of Bixel Exchange...Snapshots:

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General Assembly, Bixel Exchange and the Association of IT Professionals gaining insights from L.A. startup CTOs.

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Kara Weber and Lizzie Francis of BrilliantVC dropping knowledge at a Startup Grind event.

April 28
Bixel Exchange Co-founder Sean Arian at L.A. City College’s CTE Regional Symposium.

April 29
Sean Arian speaking with L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin at #HackFosterCareLA.


Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Innovation & Technology Council
May 9 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Immigration is always a hot topic here in L.A. and especially in the tech community. With President Trump's recent executive order on H-1B visas, it's even more crucial now to understand the impacts on the changes to the visa and how that will affect technology and innovation. The Chamber's Innovation and Technology Council and Bixel Exchange are proud to partner with for an upcoming Innovation and Technology Council panel discussion to understand what the H-1B visa is, the effects of the President's executive order, and what that means for Southland businesses.

  Going Vertical: Preserving Company Culture While Scaling Your Team + Space
May 10 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Coworking space getting cramped and having trouble finding something new that fits your team's dynamic? Have to downsize and worried how it will affect team moral?

Company culture can make or break any company, especially when you are just starting. When companies grow and expand, both team and structural dynamics ultimately change. Join StartUp DTLA to chat about how scaling doesn't have to mean losing your culture, how to plan expansion while keeping your team intact, and the pitfalls of expanding your company.


LA Law Library Business Series: Sales Techniques and Strategies
May 16 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Getting the most out of your sales efforts is an undervalued aspect of running a business. In this class, learn how to develop an effective strategy for reaching your sales goals. This class covers: defining your value proposition, defining your competition, developing a sales and distribution model and managing your pipeline. Discover more upcoming L.A. Law Library events by clicking here.

  2017 Small Business Awards
May 17 | 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The entrepreneurial spirit of small business shines bright throughout the L.A. region, powering our economy and accounting for the vast majority of U.S. job growth in recent years. In California, more than half of the private sector workforce is employed by one of the state’s 3.5 million small businesses. Join the L.A. Area Chamber to shine a spotlight on small businesses and celebrate the people working every day to ensure their success.

Founding Sponsors

Eric Garcetti California SBDC LA LA Department of Water SBA LA Chamber

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