Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Jan. 23, 2020

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b1_TTP.jpgL.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Opens 2020 Internships

Our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline is currently accepting applications for PAID internships at 60+ tech companies, including Snap Inc., FOX Sports West, Hulu, Boingo Wireless, Data360 and more! Open internships range from marketing and digital media to IT support and software development, and not all positions require coding knowledge or previous experience. Our program has placed more than 450 students in the last two years, and 40 percent of those students are now employed at a tech company!

This year, we are also partnering with the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation to offer all of our students access to the WorkforceReady platform, an online learning tool for youth to learn soft skills that they may not have been taught in school.

Learn more about becoming an intern, and apply now! The deadline for summer internship applications is April 30, so don’t miss out!



b2_BTS.jpgRead Our 2019 L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Impact Report

Thanks to your ongoing support, we were able to accomplish some major wins in 2019, and we are excited to keep the momentum going into 2020! Take a look at our 2019 L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Impact Report that highlights some remarkable student and company successes. Our success is a combination of continued collaboration between companies, schools and most importantly the young students eager to take on new challenges and jump-start their tech careers. Here’s to even more growth in 2020!



b3_LACollab.jpgCongratulations to LA Collab!

On Jan. 13, Bixel Exchange joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and top executives in entertainment and media for the launch of LA Collab, a new initiative to double Latinx representation in Hollywood by 2030. The organization will connect Latinx creators with more opportunities in media, including films, television, short stories and podcasts.

“On big screens or small, in front of the camera or behind it, our studios, actors, directors and producers inspire the world with the power of their creativity and imagination — and LA Collab will elevate new voices and empower the next generation of Latinx creatives,”  said Mayor Garcetti.

Bixel Exchange’s work connecting underrepresented youth to media arts careers aligns well with this new initiative, and we are excited for the potential to collaborate! Read more.



b5_womenleadingtheway.jpgICYMI: Startup LAunch Hosts Women Leading the Way #WomenEmpowerWomen

On Dec. 5, our Startup LAunch Tech SBDC, along with partners the Women Founders Network and Entrepinayship, hosted “Women Leading the Way” at Industrious DTLA for female entrepreneurs and passionate women in business. The event featured 30 advising sessions with female founders, where entrepreneurs had an opportunity to get advice on all aspects of their businesses. The day culminated with a panel of three inspiring women founders and Director Kat Yalung sharing resources, challenges and solutions as #WomenInTech. See the photos.



b6_podcast.jpgStartup LAunch Director Kat Yalung on Startup 2.0 Podcast

Check out our very talented Startup LAunch Director, Kat Yalung, and her recent Startup 2.0 podcast interview by our amazing partners, Spark XYZ and Amplite Capital. Yalung talks about her experiences in the startup space and the lessons she’s learned in her various roles throughout her career with host Justin Gordon. Catch her speaking in person next at USC at the Across the STEMverse Career Conference panel on Saturday, Feb. 8.



b4_LACI.jpgApply Now to Join LACI’s New Two-Year Incubation Program

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator's new two-year Incubation Program is launching its first cohort in March 2020 and the deadline to apply is fast approaching. The application period has been extended to Jan. 25. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone in the clean energy sector who wants to transform Los Angeles and its mission of creating a green and clean future. Check out their website for other opportunities such as their Founders Business Accelerator, Innovators Program and Market Access Program. Learn more and apply today!



b3_application.jpgApplications Open for Grid110’s Newest Cohort

Bixel Exchange’s community partner, Grid110, has an open call for applications for two spring 2020 programs supporting L.A. startup founders. The programs range in support from ideation stage to early stage ventures across any business vertical. Both programs are no cost, no equity taken. Applications are due Jan. 27, 2020. Learn more about their two programs and see how they can help your startup.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

In:Visioned - Starting a New Business with Shivani Honwad and Kat Yalung
Jan. 26 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung and superstar advisor Shivani Honwad to discuss how to create a new business and get guidance on how to get started, all while creating vision boards to help visualize your future. Yalung is the Director of Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch Tech SBDC, helping to develop and empower more than 300 tech startups each year. Honwad knows what it takes for startups to be successful, and blends her passion and expertise to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

  Bixel on the Road: Beverly Hills Office Hours
Jan. 29 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Startup LAunch Tech SBDC and Cross Campus are excited to invite you to the first office hours of 2020! Ideal for existing startups in the program and anyone new and interested in our community!

We will be at Cross Campus in Beverly Hills — and we are bringing our passionate advisors to provide valuable one-on-one advice in 30-minute sessions. Must sign up in advance to reserve your session!

Interactive VC Panel and Mixology Class
Jan. 30 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

LvlUp Ventures and Perkins Coie are hosting an interactive venture capitalist panel to help attendees gain fresh perspectives on the founder journey. Prior to the panel, sign up for a mixology class where you will be paired with the VC panelists for a fun way to network and make connections while creating festive cocktails! Use code “LVLUP50” for 50 percent off tickets.

  AI@Work Conversation
Feb. 13 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the L.A. Area Chamber, Microsoft and the Brookings Institution for a presentation and salon-style conversation centered on the effects of artificial intelligence on the U.S. labor market. Explore AI’s broader impacts on the future workforce, with a particular focus on trends in the L.A. metropolitan area.


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

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