Bixel Exchange Tech Update – May 9, 2018

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Bixel Exchange previews 2018 IT Sector Strategy Report
Last Wednesday, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange convened tech leaders and executives from more than 30 organizations including Boingo Wireless, Headspace and the City of Los Angeles to take a sneak peek at their 2018 IT Sector Strategy Report. A follow-up to last year's report, which analyzed L.A.'s information technology (IT) industry, the 2018 IT Sector Strategy Report features recommendations on how to best bridge L.A.'s IT skills gap using data and research from LinkedIn and Deloitte. Attendees also learned about the 2018 L.A. Tech Talent Challenge, the sequel to last summer's internship program which placed 100 low-income youth in paid tech internships. Bixel Exchange is on track to double that amount with 200 students placed this year.





L.A. Area Chamber receives award for innovation in education
The Chamber Foundation was recently the recipient of a $50,000 award from NBC4 Southern California, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles and the NBCUniversal Foundation as part of its first annual Project Innovation grant challenge, which awarded $225,000 total to six local nonprofit organizations. The funding will support work-based learning programs for high school and community college youth throughout L.A. county and hands-on learning experiences in STEM-education for students in underserved communities. Strong business partnerships with an emphasis on health care and biotech industries, and involvement of the Chamber's Bixel Exchange, inspire and educate students. Watch the video.




b3.jpgStartup LAunch co-working day features fireside chat AMA with Venture Capitalist Austin Clements of TenOneTen Ventures
On April 26, Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch program held its monthly co-working day for startups at the Chamber. The event featured a fireside chat between Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung and Venture Capitalist Austin Clements of TenOneTen Ventures. They discussed the importance of perfecting your pitch to secure funding, and what venture capitalists are looking for in a startup. Startup LAunch's co-working day is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the program to learn, share ideas and network with their peers.






Gust LAUNCH takes founders further!
Gust LAUNCH makes incorporation easy and sets up founders for investment and growth with powerful tools, honest advice and true compassion. Find out how they can help with: incorporation, company setup, stock and cap table, legal agreements, founder community and dedicated support. Learn more.





Are you looking for a web developer, mobile developer or software engineer for your project or startup?
One of the biggest hurdles for a startup is finding a chief technical officer or a developer team to build the product. Bixel Exchange, Made in South LA and Code District are teaming up to connect you with top talent and other resources that will help you get your project launched. At this pitch event, each startup will have five minutes to pitch their company to a room full of engineers with diverse skill levels, with the opportunity to hire an engineer! Startups at any stage can participate. Learn more.



A Day in the Life of Bixel Exchange…Snapshots:

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Bixel Exchange joins Pasadena City College for a Lunch & Learn with Waze at Google’s campus.




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L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline students learn how to nail their technical interview during a Lunch & Learn at Boingo.




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The Startup LAunch team reps Bixel Exchange at L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's Small Business Summit, part of the Small Business Administration’s annual Small Business Week!



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Bixel Exchange participates at East L.A. College’s Hire A Husky Job Fair, finding students interested in #techLA.




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Bixel Exchange talks all things mentorship and internship with 800+ high school and community college students at LA HI-TECH’s Digital Tech & Entrepreneur Career Expo.



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The United State of Women Summit features women-led Bixel startups like Avisare and Wyzerr!




Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Should I Be Exporting? Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets
May 15 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Exporting can be a great untapped source of revenue for Los Angeles area businesses. At this L.A. Law Library Business Series event, learn about the resources available to beginning exporters, and the nuts and bolts of starting your own export business.

  Urban Tech Connect
May 17 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get actionable advice from Airbnb, Avisare, Autochrome, Bonfire VC and more! Plug In South LA is calling on all business-minded professionals, founders, students and stakeholders in South Los Angeles to join the Urban Tech Connect conference. You’ll learn tactics to achieve product growth; hear from Avisare’s Sky Kelley on overcoming challenges familiar to women, African-American and Latinx founders; and have the opportunity to receive support and mentoring from VC leaders. Use discount code Bixel15 for 50 percent off.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 17 | 6-9 p.m.

While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Join the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 17. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access and inclusion and people with different disabilities.

May 24 | 1-5 p.m.

Come hear how Los Angeles’ tech sector is helping L.A. County improve outcomes for foster youth and families in L.A.! Join the conversation about what we as a community can do to ensure foster families and caregivers help children heal, develop and thrive! Space is limited; apply by May 21.


Bixel Exchange is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Bixel Exchange
350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

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