Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Feb. 6, 2020

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b1_Evan.jpgCongratulations to Evan Spiegel, 2020 Distinguished Business Leader!

On Jan. 30, the L.A. Area Chamber held their 2020 Inaugural Dinner, recognizing some of the biggest influencers in Los Angeles. This year, the Chamber’s Distinguished Business Leader award went to L.A. native Evan Spiegel, Co-Founder and CEO of Snap Inc. Through Spiegel’s leadership and innovative thinking, Snap Inc. has created inclusive programming to support the arts, education and human rights.

Bixel Exchange is proud to partner on one such initiative, our Snap Design Academy, a five-week design course that opens career pathways in media for community college students. This initiative would not be possible without the support of pioneering executives such as Spiegel! Check out the photos from the event!



b2_OfficeHours.jpgBixel on the Road: First Stop, Office Hours at Cross Campus Beverly Hills

On Jan. 29, the Startup LAunch Tech SBDC partnered with Cross Campus Beverly Hills to host office hours for our startups. Cross Campus was the perfect venue for founders to get one-on-one advice from our advisors on how to grow and stay on track for success. Over the course of six hours, we had 23 advising sessions with four advisors and 13 startups.

Join us on Feb. 26 for our next office hours opportunity, our first Coworking Day of 2020! Learn more.



b3_Cornerstone.jpgCornerstone OnDemand Hosts L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Students

Our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline program teamed up with Cornerstone OnDemand to provide students with a day of mock interviews, networking with industry professionals and a tech talent journey panel. We heard from Cornerstone’s Director of Strategic Program Management Paya Shah and Product Manager Eliot Sosa, as well as Gillette Nevado, a long-time Pipeline participant who is now interning at the company. These individuals have found success doing what they love by overcoming barriers and challenging norms. Their stories of grit and determination were inspiring! We look forward to many more events like this in 2020! Check out and like our photos!



b4_PodShare.jpgStartup LAunch Company Named “Impact-Maker to Watch”

Bixel Exchange would like to congratulate Startup LAunch entrepreneur Elvina Beck, one of 32 honorees that have been named a 2020 Impact-Maker to Watch by Stratiscope! Each year, Stratiscope awards individuals who are making a positive impact in their communities in areas of high need.

Beck, founder of PodShare, creates pod-style living units that promote a minimalist approach to living affordably in unaffordable cities. This year, Beck filed for 501c(3) status and will be working closely with the city to bring her pilot program to Skid Row and downtown L.A. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award!



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A Day in the Life of Bixel Exchange … Snapshots:

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The Bixel team relaxes after a day of community activities with an evening of magic and fun at the Magic Castle! 



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FOX Sports West hosts Los Angeles Community College students for a tour of their field production van. 




Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Across the STEMverse
Feb. 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the L.A. chapter of Graduate Women in Science at the third annual Across the STEMverse conference! This industry career conference gives scientists in the L.A. area the opportunity to meet, seek advice from and network with experienced professionals working outside of academia. The conference will host professionals from a wide variety of STEM fields, schools and backgrounds to foster collaboration.

  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.

#ActForImpact Pitch Pitch Los Angeles
Feb. 26

Bixel Exchange is partnering with Ulule and Bank of The West for the next #ActForImpact pitch event in Los Angeles.

Now's your chance to be a part of the action - female creatives, small business owners and social impact entrepreneurs are invited to apply to pitch. You'll receive personalized coaching, gain additional brand exposure and have the chance to win funding grants from the bank. Learn how to leverage crowdfunding as a way to help launch your next product.

  San Diego Angel Conference
March 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Twenty-seven companies have been selected out of 105 to advance to the quarterfinals of the second annual San Diego Angel Conference. The top companies move one step closer to securing an investment of $200,000.

The San Diego Angel Conference is an angel-driven event where participating investors create an LLC, engage in due diligence on the applying startups and ultimately pool funds to invest in one of the finalists. Anyone interested in learning about starting a company or investing in a new business is invited to join the main conference on March 28!


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

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