Bixel Exchange Tech Update – July 19, 2019

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b1.jpgBixel Exchange announced as Tech Done Right National Challenge winner

Bixel Exchange has been announced as one of the 10 winners of Kapor Center's first-ever Tech Done Right National Challenge. The Challenge recognizes organizations that are building a more diverse and inclusive tech economy across the country. More than 120 applications from 48 U.S. cities were submitted. All of this year's winning organizations focused on increasing representation for people of color in the tech economy through tech talent or entrepreneurship/venture capital programs. As part of the award, Bixel Exchange will receive a $100,000 grant, which will help us to expand our initiatives connecting underrepresented talent from 29 L.A. area community colleges to high-growth jobs and opportunities in tech. Read Kapor Center's full post to learn more about Tech Done Right and all of the award recipients.



b2_SDA.jpgSnap Design Academy visits L.A. Philharmonic and Art + Practice

On July 3, our Snap Design Academy students received a special tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall by the marketing and design team for the L.A. Philharmonic. Led by Amanda Lester, assistant manager, audience development and insights, L.A. Philharmonic, the students learned about the 100-year history of the organization and how their design and communications has evolved to be part of the community.

The following week, the students headed to Leimert Park to visit Art + Practice to learn about how the organization has evolved around the needs of their community. Art + Practice is a small team successfully helping homeless and foster youth break the cycle and find new direction in their lives.



b3.jpgStartup LAunch Tech SBDC welcomes 25 new advisors

Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch Tech SBDC is thrilled to welcome 25 new advisors, taking the core team of advisors from 15 to 40! Over the past few weeks, we have met incredible individuals invested in the entrepreneur and startup space looking to pass on their knowledge and expertise to new startups. With their own unique specialities and superpowers, these new advisors are ready to start sharing their experience in marketing, fundraising, growth and more. 



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

b4_b_orientation.jpgJuly 12, 15 and 16
Our Startup LAunch Tech SBDC team hosted three onboarding sessions at the L.A. Area Chamber for their newest cohort of startup advisors.



b4_a_TOMS.jpgJuly 15
L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline students had another opportunity to visit TOMS headquarters in Playa Vista for a focus group, preview of TOMS upcoming fall and winter lines and a tour of the facilities.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Lawyers in the Library
July 19 | 1-4 p.m.

L.A. Law Library, located in downtown Los Angeles, hosts Lawyers in the Library one Friday each month, where volunteer attorneys will be available for free 20-minute consultations with people who have legal problems to discuss. The areas of law covered include employment law, real estate, small business, small claims and more.

  Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank with Women Founders Network
July 23 | 6-8:30 p.m.

Springboard Enterprises' Dolphin Tank programs are feedback-driven pitch sessions for entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. The objective is to provide connections and advice to enable entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities. In partnership with the Women Founders Network, this evening will feature female founders competing at their Oct. 30 Fast Pitch event, an expert panel and interactive audience participation.

When to Hire a CFO
July 31 | Noon - 1 p.m.

Having a CFO goes beyond financial planning. The right CFO will help your company grow in several ways, and not having one is more costly in the end. Join this free one-hour webinar hosted by Early Growth Financial Services CFOs Alaa Ismail and Sirk Roh. They will discuss how a CFO assists in business planning, from financial projections to pricing and scaling.

  AI LA Presents: A Data-Driven Social
Aug. 13 | 6-9 p.m.

Mingle with like-minded entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives and investors who want to help develop L.A. into a one-of-a-kind, inclusive tech ecosystem where new technologies like artificial intelligence can be developed fairly and ethically. This event will feature tacos, drinks, rootop views of downtown L.A. and more than $10,000 worth of raffle prizes.


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

Bixel Exchange
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