Bixel Exchange Tech Update - Oct. 11, 2018

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b1_lakings.jpgBixel Exchange joins L.A. Kings sports tech panel
On Sept. 26, Kat Yalung, director of Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch tech SBDC, joined a panel discussion on the pivotal role of innovation in the sports landscape at the Los Angeles Kings' Sports and Technology Mixer. The panel included speakers from the National Hockey League, Snap Inc., AEG and BCG Digital Ventures. See the photos.



b2_techday.jpgBixel Exchange participates in L.A.’s largest startup event
Last month, Bixel Exchange participated in TechDay LA, billed as L.A.’s largest startup event, at their Accelerator Alley. It was a jam-packed area all day with fellow accelerators and partners, including Cross Campus, Techstars, Quake Capital Accelerator, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Preccelerator, Grid110, Expert DOJO and LACI. The event featured more than 7,500 attendees networking and connecting on the latest startup resources. Our team was able to share the amazing work we’re doing in L.A.’s startup community! Shout out to Lawgood and our community partners for joining us!



b3_nasa.jpgL.A. Tech Talent Pipeline student helps to organize NASA hackathon
The L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline team would like to highlight a very cool event that one of our students from Pasadena City College is helping to organize: the NASA Space Apps Hackathon. Students will have the opportunity to solve challenges created by NASA Space Apps through projects aimed at creating a better world using science, technology and art. Two finalists will go on to the national rounds, which will be judged by NASA! Learn more.



b4_glendaletechweek.jpgFour Startup LAunch companies win big at Glendale Tech Week
Four Bixel Exchange startups won big at last month’s Glendale Tech Week Pitchfest. A huge congrats to fan favorite Lumenus, “Best Pivot” winner Lupn, Inc., Screen Door Laboratories in the VR/AR and Artificial Intelligence category, and SnapMD in the Health, Med and Biotech category! This year, Glendale Tech Week featured 35 events over seven days, including the "Shark Tank"-inspired Pitchfest.



b5_backstage.jpgApply now for the Backstage Capital Accelerator!
Backstage Accelerator is a three-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone. Founders will work with a team of experienced, passionate facilitators, and will grow through mentorship, investment capital and access to resources and networks. The accelerator starts in the spring of 2019, and applications close Oct. 15. Apply now.



b6_choisi.jpgSpotlight On…Choisi
We sat down with Sherry Soliman, founder of Choisi, an online marketplace with recent features in Fashion, Madmotive and Wearme Fashion Magazines, to get her take on what it’s like as a Startup LAunch tech SBDC entrepreneur. Read the full interview.

What are some of the hardest challenges you’ve encountered?
I think one of the hardest challenges was trying to focus on just one core product. We started with a specific vision for our company and we had so many great ideas and a lot of features we wanted to implement … but getting to the real core service we wanted to provide helped us build our initial product and push forward.  

Lessons you've learned?
I've learned that you absolutely have to surround yourself with the right people who believe in your vision and are going to be there during the struggles. It's so crucial to be able to share the hardships faced and to bounce ideas off of each other.

Your favorite part of working with Bixel Exchange?
My favorite part has been the access to so many different resources and events … I also like that Bixel Exchange fosters a strong sense of community.


Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

7th Annual LEAD Conference
Oct. 13 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The University of La Verne invites you to the 7th Annual Latino Education Access and Development (LEAD) Conference. The LEAD Conference will provide students and families from all backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to make college a reality, and address issues of access, retention, career development and more. The event will feature workshops aimed to guide and support all students, parents and educators, and a panel with Startup LAunch advisor Roberto Martinez!

  L.A. Tech Gives Back 2018
Oct. 18 | 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) for a half-day of service where SVB and local L.A. tech professionals and companies will partner to provide much-needed help to local nonprofits, schools and organizations across the greater Los Angeles area. Eight service opportunities are available at various locations across L.A. The day will close with a community lunch atop the Zefr rooftop patio in Marina Del Rey.

Hacking IP: Considerations for Early Stage Ventures, Startups, & Entrepreneurs!
Oct. 24 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Every business has a name, a logo, a website, a database of contacts and more, therefore, every business has intellectual property (IP). In today’s digital economy these intangible assets are integral to the survival and success of a business. Now, more than ever, a poorly formulated IP strategy poses great threats to Los Angeles’ innovation economy. Join a high leverage session focused on the real world application of IP topics that can support independent inventors and entrepreneurs in L.A. and learn how your IP assets can help you compete more effectively in the marketplace.

  Hustle N’ Code Hackathon
Dec. 15

TXT’s Hustle N’ Code Hackathon is an event aimed at inspiring girls and boys who live in public housing developments to address pressing issues in their communities using technology. For the first time ever, TXT will be hosting two hackathons in two different locations at the same time: Boyle Heights and South L.A. Through the event, hundreds of teens from L.A. will be exposed to computer science for the first time.


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

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