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Accelerating the human
“Great habits lead to great leaders,” said Bixel advisor and CoAccel co-founder Cam Kashani to a roomful of startup founders, emphasizing doing things for oneself every day, despite the sometimes paralyzing list of daily to-do items. The latest startup workshop on Aug. 25 encouraged participants to reflect on and deconstruct what personally inspires them to pursue their professional endeavor, and talked about how to improve upon daily practices.
Look out for the next in a series of Cam's "Building Yourself To Build Your Startup" workshops. And join us, even if you missed the first one!
Decoding finance options for your startup
Angels, venture capitalists, crowdfunding, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants ... today's finance options are greater and more accessible for entrepreneurs at all stages. But which ones are right for your startup? Yesterday's "From Seed Money to Serious Investment: Raising Money for Your Business" workshop, led by our own Kevin Lew and co-presented with the LA Law Library, introduced attendees to the types of funding available, advantages and disadvantages of each, and being prepared and understanding the risks.
Explore some of the reading mentioned in class:
Exhibit your company to thousands at L.A.'s mega college and career fair
Showcase your company at the tech career fair or be a tech panelist at this year’s Cash For College -- the Los Angeles area’s largest college and career convention, presented by the L.A. Area Chamber and UNITE-LA -- at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Nov. 18-19. The event attracts about 10,000 Los Angeles area high school and college-bound students annually, as well as the attention of local media. Last year's exhibitors include Snapchat, Sensay, Hacker Fund and Instacart! Contact Sergio Rosas to get started.
Attend Vator Splash
One of the Westside’s biggest startup pitch competitions and conferences is back again on Oct. 13! Vator Splash is a great place for new entrepreneurs who want to raise money and learn how to build a company, new investors to learn about angel investing, and established ones to sharpen their game. This year’s judging panel includes billionaire investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, venture capitalists Dana Settle (Greycroft Partners) and Shamin Rostami (TYLT Ventures) and The Honest Company founder and CEO Brian Lee. Vator alumni have gone on to raise $850 million-plus in follow-on capital, including ApartmentList, DogVacay, Udemy and Events.com.
Volunteer for this year’s event! We’re helping recruit day-of help to keep the event running smoothly. This includes assistance for the registration table, event ushering and other various tasks. Volunteers are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities once their shift is complete. Simply shoot us a quick message at RSVPBixel@lachamber.com with subject line "Vator Splash", your name, email, phone and why you're interested in the event.
Until we sync again,