Bixel Exchange Tech Update – March 14, 2019

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b1_a_coworking.jpgBixel Exchange hosts joint coworking day at Indie Desk

On Feb. 28, Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch tech SBDC partnered with Inspiralia and Acelera.LA to host their first coworking day of the year at Indie Desk. The Lunch & Learn session focused on federal contracts and federal grants (SBIR and STTP), both funds that require no paying back and no equity. Startup founders also had access to 18 one-on-one advising sessions.

b1_b_coworking.jpgIn addition, our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline program joined the coworking day to give startups the opportunity to mock interview young talent looking to start their careers in the tech industry. Fifty-five startup founders, four Startup LAunch advisers and 21 students joined this first joint session between Bixel's two programs -- a stellar turn out! Don't worry if you missed this event; RSVP now for our March Coworking Day!



b2_builtinla.jpg"In the past 20 years, the number of women-owned businesses increased by 114 percent."

Our Startup LAunch program is a testament to women making waves in the highly competitive tech field, with one-third of our startups being women-led! In recognition of International Women’s Month, Bixel Exchange would like to acknowledge the awesome work of some of L.A.'s other female entrepreneurs. Check out Built In L.A.'s article highlighting four local businesses for women, by women.



b3_TEALS.jpgMake an impact with TEALS

The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) Program helps high schools build sustainable computer science programs by pairing trained computer science professionals with classroom teachers. TEALS is currently looking for dedicated volunteers to support more than 35 classes at high schools across L.A. County, including classes at more than 10 LAUSD schools from high-need neighborhoods. Learn more at an upcoming live or virtual info session, or reach out to to schedule an in-person info session for your organization.




2019 Most Fundable Companies Competition application now open

Calling all early-stage startup companies! Pepperdine University is currently taking applications for their annual startup competition. Participants will be provided a comprehensive assessment of their fundability and how they are viewed to potential investors. Founders from U.S. based companies will select companies that are deemed “Most Fundable” and winners will have the opportunity to garner national recognition and exclusive brand exposure. Apply by March 31.



A day in the life of Bixel Exchange ... Snapshots:

b4_a_WestAdamsHS.jpgMarch 5
Bixel Exchange speaks with West Adams Preparatory High School students about internship opportunities available through our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline and the Chamber’s South L.A. Scholars program.


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Startup LAunch adviser Robin Lee shares her investor and fundraising tips at L.A. Law Library’s Business Series.



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Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung judges USC Marshall’s New Venture Seed Competition.



b4_d_PAYA.jpgMarch 11
Bixel Exchange’s Lindsey Heisser joins the PAYA conference in South Carolina to discuss youth apprenticeships and high-growth pathways in tech, digital media and health care.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

San Diego Angel Conference
March 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

It’s finally here! Join the San Diego Angel Conference on March 15, where six finalists will pitch in front of angel investors and an audience for the opportunity to receive up to $200,000 of investment money. The conference is open to any member of the community interested in learning more about starting a company and investing in a new business.

  Branding and Marketing 101
March 19 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Effectively communicating the value of your product or service is essential to your business success. Join the L.A. Law Library Business Series to learn how to attract and retain your customer base through creative branding, channel marketing and smart promotion.

AI in the Classroom @ Google
March 21 | 6:30 - 10 p.m.

The AI LA Community is partnering with Google to host "AI in the Classroom." Join a thought-provoking discussion at Google’s Venice headquarters on AI’s potential to enhance classroom learning and create more seamless, personalized learning experiences.

  Bixel Exchange Coworking Day
March 28 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Don’t miss our next joint coworking day with our Startup LAunch and L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline teams! On-site office hours, one-on-one advising sessions and mock, student interviews with startup companies will take place throughout the day.


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

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