Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Aug. 15, 2019

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b1_SDA.jpgBixel Exchange and Snap Inc. celebrate Snap Design Academy Final Showcase

On Aug. 8, Bixel Exchange and Snap Inc. hosted the Snap Design Academy Final Showcase, where our 20 students from L.A. area community colleges took to the stage for the last time to present their projects to their families, friends and colleagues. As a part of the program, the students partnered with five local nonprofit organizations to see how the Snap platform could help their causes garner more attention and potentially more support. Earlier in the week, five of our Startup LAunch Tech SBDC advisors mentored the students on how to refine their presentations, bringing the power of collaboration to the forefront of what Bixel Exchange does on a regular basis.

View the photos, and leave your congratulations and well wishes on our Instagram post.



b2_RioHondo.jpgStartup LAunch's Elianne Rodriguez judges Rio Hondo's Summer Entrepreneurial Camp

On Aug. 2, Startup LAunch Tech SBDC Operations & Community Coordinator, Elianne Rodriguez, was invited to judge Rio Hondo College’s first Summer Entrepreneurial Camp, hosted in partnership with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Local high school students were invited to participate in this week-long, intensive boot camp where they were challenged to solve a problem, design a business plan and pitch it to 11 judges. Ideas included breakfast delivery services, more durable sneakers and social enterprises looking to tackle homelessness. Our Startup LAunch team is passionate about fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem and is always looking to support programs like the one at Rio Hondo. It takes a village to grow a startup, so if you have a program that needs support please email Elianne!



b3_backstage.jpgCelebrating Backstage Capital’s first L.A. cohort

Congratulations to our community partner Backstage Capital on the recent success of their first cohort in Los Angeles. Backstage Capital has released a comprehensive report on this first cohort that explores key learnings, demographics and the investors, speakers and team involved.

"Our founders have done impressive work launching and relaunching products and platforms, increasing sales and securing partnerships. We are excited and proud to share our report from Backstage Accelerator Cohort 1, especially because we could not have done this without support from ecosystem builders like you."



b4_sxsw.jpgVote for our SXSW panel idea by Aug. 23!

Help our panel, "Unlikely Coalitions Recoding the Tech Economy," make it into SXSW 2020! L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Director Lindsey Heisser will join speakers from Kapor Center, Goodie Nation and Generation Titans to explore issues facing underrepresented people of color and breaking into the tech economy. Learn more and cast your vote today!



b5_futureofwork.jpgCall for applications for Future of Work & Education

ECMC Foundation's Education Innovation Ventures and Chloe Capital are hosting a national tour to invest in women! They're offering several new opportunities for women-led companies and innovations that are helping students facing challenges in postsecondary education and workforce transformation. The tour is coming to L.A. on Oct. 20. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. Learn more by contacting Jessica Haselton or by visiting their website.



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

b6_a_CSULB.jpgAug. 13
Startup LAunch Tech SBDC Operations & Community Coordinator, Elianne Rodriguez, was invited to judge CSULB's Beach Entrepreneur Boot Camp. Twenty-two teams completed a six-week intensive overview on how to build a robust business plan.


b6_b_ComptonTechWeek.jpgAug. 14
L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Director Lindsey Heisser joined the inaugural Compton Tech Week where she spoke with middle school to college students on opportunities in tech.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Innovation & Technology Council: Cybersecurity 101
Aug. 20 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Join Myron LaCome of IDShield and Bixel Exchange for the Chamber's Innovation & Technology Council as we walk through simple and effective ways to protect yourself and your business, including impactful policies affecting cybersecurity. LaCome is an expert in cybersecurity against identity theft and has 10 years of experience in risk mitigation and working with IT networks and applications.

  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.

Glendale Tech Week 2019 Pitchfest
Sept. 19

Apply to compete, Shark Tank-style, for a prize package in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at Glendale Tech Week’s fourth annual Pitchfest competition! Applications are open to early stage startups and close on Aug. 18.

  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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