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Thank you to those who participated in our Titans of Talent event!
Bixel Exchange, in partnership with UNITE-LA, hosted the Titans of Talent employer recognition event on Sept. 17 to thank employers who have provided internships and jobs to youth from predominantly low-income and underrepresented communities. We are grateful to have employers who support us by connecting L.A. students to internships and job opportunities in the tech industry. It was outstanding hearing our students speak about their experiences working with our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline program, and discussing how the program has helped them gain careers in the rapidly growing L.A. tech field. The event featured remarks from L.A. Area Chamber Board Chair Jerry Neuman and keynote speaker Oona King, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Snap, Inc.
If you are an employer interested in taking on interns or sharing your insights and experiences with our students, let us know!
Bixel Exchange joins inaugural SAE pitch night
On Sept. 11, Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch team attended the inaugural Pitch Night at Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs (SAE) of Southern California. Four out of the 10 amazing startup companies who showcased their products and company pitches were also part of the Startup LAunch Tech SBDC program. The pitch night was geared towards startups looking to connect with angel investors and receive feedback from other entrepreneurs in the making.
Startup LAunch company Avisare partners with Chamber to launch OneLA
Congratulations to Avisare, a Startup LAunch Tech SBDC and Techstars company, on the launch of the new OneLA Regional Collaborative. OneLA was developed by the Chamber and County of Los Angeles in collaboration with founding corporate sponsor Citi and technology sponsor Avisare. The innovative regional collaborative is an initiative with a new platform that provides easier access to contract opportunities, supported by a program that includes training, one-on-one advising and business matchmaking. Our Startup LAunch team is working with the Chamber to connect advisors to these small business enterprises for mentorship. Learn more.
Lindsey Heisser joins PAYA Conference
Earlier this month, L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Director Lindsey Heisser attended the three-day Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) Conference in Denver. PAYA supports the efforts of companies and nonprofits in providing apprenticeship opportunities for youth by holding convenings in which best practices are highlighted, challenges are discussed and action plans are put in motion.
Bixel Exchange partners with LA Promise Fund to launch Hello Future
Created to address the diversity pipeline problem with STEM careers, Hello Future is a two-day immersive STEM experience hosted by the LA Promise Fund. The experience will engage, inspire and empower 10,000 young people from middle school through college by bringing them together with today's most disruptive entrepreneurs, tech innovators and brands.
Learn how you can get involved – whether as a sponsor or partner – at lapromisefund.org/hello-future.
Your Future LA: Beyond the Diploma
L.A. Cash for College and Univision invite you to Your Future LA: Beyond the Diploma, Oct. 18-19. This free, two-day event will feature college preparation seminars, career panels and interactive demonstrations, financial aid presentations and application assistance, scholarship information and an exhibit area with representatives from colleges, universities and community-based organizations. Join Bixel Exchange as we conduct tech-centered panels and workshops. Register here.
Apply now for the Digital Learning Academy
YWCA Greater Los Angeles is accepting applications for their six-month Digital Learning Academy (DLA). DLA will provide free hands-on training for students who seek to gain skills in graphic communications, digital printing and industrial product design. Learn more and download the application here.
A day in the life of Bixel Exchange ... Snapshots:
Our Startup LAunch Tech SBDC team attended the L.A. Kings SportsTech event to learn more about how sports can be integrated with virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Startup LAunch hosted office hours at ToolBox LA. Office hours are a great way for founders to connect with advisors on how to grow their startups.
Operations and Community Coordinator Elianne Rodriguez shared her journey as an undocumented entrepreneur at an #UndocuHustle workshop with Cal State LA's Student Life Department. She discussed how to design a future with or without status.
Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung attended a symposium hosted by the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP). "The Los Angeles MedTech Ecosystem" provided insights on the future of tech in pediatrics and growing diversity in L.A.’s health-tech sector.
Until we sync again,