Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Aug. 1, 2019

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b1.jpgBixel Exchange hosts July coworking day at the Chamber

On July 25, Bixel Exchange held our monthly coworking day at the L.A. Area Chamber. The day was full of activities, including workshops, knowledge sharing, office hours and more. In attendance, there were 11 advisors, more than 30 startup founders and 10 new companies looking to join the Startup LAunch Tech SBDC program! We also held 25 one-on-one advising sessions. Thank you to Ed Lee from HelloAdvisr for teaching a Pricing 101 for Entrepreneurs workshop. Join us on Aug. 29 for another coworking day full of resources, tailored programming and networking.



b2.jpgMajority Leader Ian Calderon visits the Chamber for Accenture Pancakes & Politics

Last week, the Chamber hosted its Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series with Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon. Calderon spoke candidly about his experience as the first millennial legislator in Sacramento, how his experiences as an athlete and a father influence his leadership priorities and his perspective on a number of controversial bills. Calderon also serves as the co-chair of the California Tech Caucus, a bi-partisan group of assemblymembers and senators engaged in a statewide effort to ensure that California remains the global leader in technology and innovation.



b3.jpgKat Yalung joins Startup UCLA for mentor night

Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung visited Startup UCLA for their Summer Accelerator Mentor Night where she mentored nine emerging startups developing their products and target market approach. The products included a unique bag for women on the go -- challenging the norm of purses and backpacks -- being developed by a sister team. Building an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in L.A., Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch Tech SBDC supports fellow community partners and budding entrepreneurs by being involved in each other’s programs, offering experience and sharing knowledge.



b4_manatee.jpgBig win for Bixel startup Manatee

Congratulations to Startup LAunch company Manatee for being accepted into Techstars L.A.! Techstars L.A. is proud to have 80 percent of the companies in their third cohort led by founders who come from underrepresented communities, including six female CEOs. Manatee helps any family who would like to use goal setting as a tool to work with their child on behavior and/or emotional wellbeing. The app enables you to set helpful CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) based goals, track progress and work on engaging rewards together. The design is ideal for ages ranging between 7 and 12 years old and created with top child psychology experts, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles. You can download Manatee in the App Store or in the Google Play store.



b5.jpgStartup LAunch expands with four specialized advisor teams

Last month, Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch Tech SBDC welcomed 25 new advisors, moving us to a diverse team of 40 expert advisors. In addition to one-on-one advising, founders can now reach out to specialized teams focused on four key areas of startup development: money, product, marketing and hiring.

Our #MoneyTeam focuses on navigating viable pathways and strategies for founders to gain access to traditional and non-traditional capital. Our #ProductTeam focuses on helping our startups develop valuable products or services and taking them to market. Our #MarketingTeam focuses on sales, lead generation and brand strategy. Finally, our #HiringTeam focuses on talent acquisition and team building, a must when building a company!



b6_lightbulb.jpgResource: How to negotiate with VCs

Early Growth Financial Services and Pitchtape are hosting a one-hour webinar that dives into the topic of fundraising for your startup and the daunting process of pitching to a venture capitalist. Nick Scannavino and Zach Levin of Pitchtape will discuss how to navigate the fundraising process. Sign up today.



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

b7.jpgJuly 25
Our 20 Snap Design Academy scholars ended their six-week program with a big dinner at Casa Sanchez. Congratulations to all the participants! We look forward to your final showcase.




Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Startup LAunch Virtual Office Hours
Aug. 7 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Our Startup LAunch Tech SBDC team will be bringing video conference office hours to startups in their program. We know commuting in L.A. is challenging so before the summer is over, we’re gathering select virtual coaches to help you cross the milestone finish line from the comfort of your working space. RSVP and sign up for office hours today!

  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, rooftop views of downtown L.A. and more than $10,000 worth of raffle prizes.

Bixel Exchange August Coworking Day
Aug. 29 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join our Startup LAunch Tech SBDC for a coworking day on Aug. 29! Feel free to bring a +1 who might be interested in joining the program. Bixel Exchange’s coworking days, held every last Thursday of the month, encourage founders to share knowledge, resources, support and community.

  TechDay Los Angeles
Sept. 26 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Looking for the next big thing in tech? How about premier access to the startup everyone’s talking about? Or simply want to explore everything L.A.'s startup scene has to offer? Whether you’re an investor, member of the press, user, developer, job seeker, corporate or someone in between, attending TechDay Los Angeles gives you an exclusive look into today’s latest and greatest tech with direct access to the startups and partners making it all happen. Exhibitor booths are still available.


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

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