Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Feb. 20, 2020

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b2_crawford.jpgSpotlight on Crawford Consulting Group

In honor of Black History Month, Bixel Exchange would like to recognize one of our portfolio companies and a black-owned business, Crawford Consulting Group, LLC.

Crawford Consulting Group is a social enterprise that aims to improve the health care experience among minorities. The organization aims to address the health care inequality gap for people of color, and supports innovative diversity and inclusion training programs in order to improve patient outcomes.

“It was always disheartening to know that people who look like me are being left untreated within an industry that I love and am passionate about,” said Crystal Crawford, founder of Crawford Consulting Group, on her decision to start her own business. “I felt the need to utilize my skills and knowledge to do something for underserved [minority] populations.” 

Crawford is mentored by Startup LAunch advisor, Lizzy Okoro. “I love the fact that my advisor has so much experience and she’s accessible. She never makes me feel like I’m losing my mind through the daily ups and downs.”

Follow Crawford’s journey on Facebook.



b3_ai.jpgAI’s Impacts on the Future Workforce

Bixel Exchange joined the Chamber, Microsoft and The Brookings Institution to host a salon-style conversation with 50 influencers on artificial intelligence and its impacts on the future workforce. One of the hot topics was the importance of diversity representation in the workforce in order to address issues impacting communities often overlooked by fast-evolving technologies. Some 75 million jobs around the globe will be displaced by AI in 2022, and the event addressed the skill sets that organizations and employees will need for the estimated 100 million new jobs that will be created as a result of emerging technology.

Speakers included L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Director Lindsey Heisser; Celeste Alleyne, Microsoft; Mark Muro, The Brookings Institution; Martin Breidsprecher, L.A. Area Chamber; Elise Hu, NPR; Naria Santa Lucia, Microsoft Philanthropies; Rick Hodge, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; and Brandon Nicholson, The Hidden Genius. Like and share our Instagram post, and check out the photos.



b4_slpretreat.jpgStartup LAunch Hosts Professional Development Strategic Retreat

Earlier this month, the Startup LAunch Tech SBDC hosted its core team of advisors for a day of professional development and brainstorming.The team reviewed 2019's goals and achievements and developed a working plan for 2020. In 2019, the Tech SBDC served nearly 400 companies, an increase of 60 percent from 2018; helped raise $18 million in capital infusion; started 42 businesses; and supported almost 800 jobs. Advisor teams make up four tracks -- the #MoneyTeam, #MarketingTeam, #ProductTeam and #HiringTeam -- ensuring that startups have all the bases covered in order to secure funding and grow their business. Check out our advisor profilesand meet them at our first Coworking Day of 2020. And don’t forget to like and share our Instagram post!



b5_ITC.jpgInnovation & Technology Council Discusses CCPA and AB 5

The Chamber's Innovation & Technology Council kicked off their first meeting of the year with Jordan Crenshaw, Senior Policy Council at the United States Chamber of Commerce. Crenshaw gave an update on the impacts of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that went into effect earlier this year and federal-level data privacy legislation. After his presentation, the Council also considered the Protect App-Based Drivers ballot initiative that would amend AB 5 to only allow drivers of app-based companies to remain as independent contractors. Check out some of our photos, and attend a meeting to stay ahead of policy issues affecting L.A.’s tech community!



b6_growth.jpgEarn Up to $150K in Software Credits in Data 360’s Growth Lab

In the Data 360 Growth Lab, startups can prepare for funding or revenue without the pressure of having to meet the deadlines for specific corporate or investor programs. The focus of this program is to graduate within a three-month period, and you can earn up to $150,000 in software credits after completing the program successfully. After graduating, you can apply for funding or to partner with Data 360 or any of their software or corporate partners to grow revenue for your business.

The program is part of Data 360 Labs, an online business incubator that helps startups, companies or departments with under $10 million in revenue make money creating apps, online stores or tech-enabled projects and software.

Learn more about the program and scholarship opportunities, or contact for more information.



b7_startupboost.jpgStartup Boost Accepting Applications Until March 26

Heads up startup founders: Startup Boost Los Angeles is accepting applications for their Spring 2020 Cohort. Over the course of six weeks, Startup Boost works with early stage startups to ensure they are prepared for next steps into either accelerators or seed investment. Each week, startups will work one-on-one with a local mentor on their business models, hear from expert speakers and improve their communication skills and value propositions with pitch and presentation training.



A Day in the Life of Bixel Exchange … Snapshots:

b8_a_riohondo.jpgFeb. 6
The L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline team hosted a NetLab consortia consisting of 13 community colleges focused on IT and cybersecurity.



b8_b_kat.jpgFeb. 8
Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung spoke at USC’s Across the STEMverse Industry Career Conference.



b8_c_homeboy.jpgFeb. 12
L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline joined for a lunch event at Homeboy Industries.




Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

February Coworking Day
Feb. 26 | 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Join our Bixel Exchange Tech SBDC for the first Coworking Day of 2020! Work alongside your fellow founders, meet other entrepreneurs in the same space, share war stories and resources and hang with the team. Feel free to bring a +1 who is looking to launch or grow their business! And join us afterwards as we team up with Ulule and Bank of the West for the #ActForImpact pitch competition, highlighting women and social impact entrepreneurs who are launching their projects.

  Unleashing Potential: Leveling the Playing Field through Capital
March 2 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Found/LA and Small Business Majority invite you to join an interactive discussion on the many capital options available to grow your business. Learn about the various products and programs your business can tap into to unleash its potential. Topics include mentoring, access to capital, crowdfunding campaigns and the Venturize platform.

ACCESS Washington, D.C.
March 9-11

2020 is a critical election year. Join our tech workforce delegation at the Chamber’s annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. advocacy trip to make your voice heard in the nation’s capital. ACCESS D.C. is the region's largest annual advocacy trip, connecting regional business and civic leaders with federal lawmakers on pertinent issues facing the Southern California region.

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

The San Diego Angel Conference is the culmination of an angel-driven competition, where the winner could receive up to $200,000 in angel-backed investments. Throughout the competition, the participating investors have engaged in due diligence of the applying startup companies and will ultimately pool funds to invest in one of the presenting conference finalists. The conference is open to any member of the community interested in learning more about starting a company and investing in a new business.


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

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