Bixel Exchange Tech Update – May 9, 2019

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Bixel Exchange is excited to announce Snap Design Academy for summer 2019

Bixel Exchange and Snap Inc. have partnered again to bring back Snap Design Academy for 2019. This hands-on, six-week program is structured to level up youth technical skills in art communication and graphic design to better position them to enter creative industry careers. Each of the 20 students selected will receive a fully-funded scholarship to participate in creative workshops and mentorship with Snap employees and L.A.-based artists. If you are interested in graphic and product design or digital media and arts, don’t wait to apply! Applications are due Sunday, May 19. Learn more and apply now.




May is Small Business Month!

On April 29, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off Small Business Month with his second annual Small Business Summit at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch tech SBDC, which works with more than 250 startups, was represented at the event. The day consisted of workshops, exhibitors, breakout panels and hands-on contracting and certification assistance. A huge thank you to our partner Grid110 for tabling for Bixel at the event!

According to a report by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), there are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. with nearly 4 million small businesses in California alone. Bixel Exchange recognizes the daily contributions of small businesses as the economic engine that make California the fifth-largest economy in the world. Our Startup LAunch Program provides small businesses with no-cost, no-equity advising and mentorship. Learn more about our unique model and get involved!




Bixel Exchange hosts coworking day @ General Assembly DTLA

On April 25, our Startup LAunch tech SBDC team headed to General Assembly DTLA to host April's coworking day. During the event, we talked about the myths of being a venture capitalist and angel investor with Lucas Pols, founder of Amplite Capital and Spark xyz, and he shared his journey and path to entrepreneurship. Coworking days have become a signature monthly community gathering not only for our startups to make connections, but also for L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline students to get one-on-one time with potential employers through practice interviews. Thank you to General Assembly for hosting and Lucas for his candid "Ask Me Anything" fireside chat! Learn about new resources, make connections and discover untapped talent at our “MVP May” Coworking Day.



b4.jpgBixel Exchange joins local startups for TEC Conference

On April 27, Bixel Exchange joined TEC Leimert for their third annual TEC Conference in Leimert Park. With a special focus on minority-owned businesses, this day-long event featured a resource expo and special panels on entertainment and media, cannabis, e-gaming and other local issues. Our team was in attendance to show our support to the local entrepreneurs and startups that are looking to grow their businesses in South L.A.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Bixel After Dark
May 16 | 6-8 p.m.

Tacos and “tech-ila” on a downtown rooftop, what more can we say? Our Bixel Exchange tech SBDC and Aliso Apartments are excited to invite you to our first Bixel After Dark Tech Taco Event for mixing, mingling and celebrating our community! Open to startups, advisors, investors, partners and funders of Bixel Exchange. You're welcome to bring a +1 who might be interested in learning more about the program.

  Taking the Lead 2.0: Diversifying the Entrepreneur Ecosystem
May 23 | 10 a.m. - Noon

You’re invited to Taking the Lead 2.0: Diversifying the Entrepreneur Ecosystem, focused on increasing the representation of all types of founders in LACI’s suite of programs. Join LACI to hear from a panel of LGBTQ and veteran founders, mentors and funders about their experiences building and supporting a successful and inclusive startup ecosystem. Learn how you can help LACI incubate the next round of success stories by attending this event.


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

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