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Bixel 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.
Majority 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.
Kat 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.
Big 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.
Startup 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!
Resource: 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:
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,