Bixel Exchange Tech Update - June 6, 2018

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Bixel Exchange partners with Snap Inc. to launch inaugural design academy
This summer, Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline is partnering with Snap Inc., the makers of Snapchat, to launch the inaugural Snap Design Academy. The program is a hands-on, paid, 100-hour design training course for 20 students from Los Angeles area community colleges. Each student will participate in creative workshops, fireside chats and mentorship with Snap employees and L.A.-based artists. The students' final product will be inspired by Snapchat's Creative Tools. The deadline to apply is June 8. Learn more about the Snap Design Academy.





Bixel Exchange and the L.A. Area Chamber travel to Sacramento
On May 22-23, Bixel Exchange and the Chamber’s Innovation & Technology team traveled to our state capital, Sacramento, to advocate on behalf of Los Angeles businesses as a part of the annual ACCESS Sacramento trip. Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung joined business and civic leaders to meet with key legislators and officials to share Bixel Exchange’s economic impact. See the photos.





Startup LAunch helps entrepreneurs find engineers
One of the biggest hurdles for a startup is finding a CTO (chief technical officer) or a developer team to build their product. On May 30, Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch program hosted “Find A Developer: Startups Pitch for Engineers” with MISLA and Code District at Phase Two. The event was held to connect startups, entrepreneurs, independent freelance professionals, designers and developers of every kind from all over L.A. More than 50 attendees heard pitches from nine companies looking to hire a developer or engineer to help their startup take off. Companies ranged from early stage to venture capitalist-backed. The event featured a 2:1 ratio of founders to developers, and a great mix of backgrounds and ideas!





Bixel Exchange teams up with Snap Inc. and GALA
On May 31, Bixel Exchange’s L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline and Snap Inc. hosted Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), the first ever all-girls STEM public school, for a special "Life in Tech with Snap Female Leaders" event. The evening featured dinner, a Spectacles by Snap Inc. presentation and a mingle session with 40 women who work at Snap. The event also included a #ladychillahs panel where 60 girls from GALA learned about the inspiring women in Snap’s Women’s Resource group and their journeys to a tech career at the company. They gave advice for the girls moving forward in their careers. See more.




b5.jpgStartup LAunch coworking day hosts MVP panel of founders
On May 31, Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch program hosted our monthly coworking day at the L.A. Area Chamber. This month featured a panel of speakers, including Hassan Sarwar, founder and CEO, InfiniOne; Kim Cavallo, founder and CEO, lilspace; Jared Rouppet, founder, Launchmaps; Rehema Feleke, founder and CEO, FundBand Inc; and Jeff Boodie, co-founder and president, JobSnap. Panelists covered topics for early stage to more developed startups, including how to amplify your company. Attendees also received mentoring from Director Kat Yalung and advisors Jay Tsao and Megan Sette. Startup LAunch hosts its coworking day to encourage founders to share knowledge, resources, support and community!



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

LATTC Summer STEAM Academy
June 11-13

Interested in spending an amazing and enriching summer getting a head start on your college experience? Los Angeles Trade-Tech is looking for students to join their summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Academy. STEAM Academy is open and completely FREE to students in ninth to 12th grades and highly recommended for sixth to eighth graders. For additional information, please contact Ofelia Ramirez at 213.763.3966 or

  Los Angeles Shark Tank Casting Call for Diverse Entrepreneurs
June 11 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Values Partnerships is working with ABC’s Shark Tank to support entrepreneurship and bring more diverse ideas and voices to the show. Register to pitch your business at the Los Angeles casting call for the show! On a first come, first serve basis, companies and entrepreneurs may be selected to pitch to appear on Season 10 of ABC's Shark Tank.

June 20 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Join us for a full-day conference focused on growing and celebrating business -- from the information, insights and resources that guide us, to the stories and people that inspire us. This event brings together entrepreneurs, professionals and thought leaders from companies large and small, across the Southern California region, for a business development conference and networking event hosted by the L.A. Area Chamber and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles Office.

  POSiBLE L.A. Entrepreneur Summit 2018
June 23 | 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Whether your small business is still at the idea stage or is ready to grow, POSiBLE L.A. offers you the tools and guidance to take the next step. Join a series of conferences, workshops, discussion panels and special presentations to help you launch or grow your business. Network with other entrepreneurs, business professionals and industry leaders, and learn about services available to small business owners.


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

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