The Los Angeles startup community has been on a boom with the launch of many home-grown startups in a wide range of industries from consumer products (The Honest Company, Dollar Shave Club) to social media (Snap) to software and platform companies (Cornerstone OnDemand, TrueCar). The growth of the LA startup community and now LA as a strategic growth market for leading accelerators such as Techstars LA (HelloAdvisr CEO is a startup adviser) and 500 Startups as well as the rise of investment in local entrepreneurs, seeing a rise of more than 60% in VC investment in 2017. In addition to homegrown entrepreneur and startups, there has also been a rise of organizations helping to build and support the startup ecosystem, and one of the key organizations leading the charge is the Bixel Exchange.
Bixel Exchange is Los Angeles’ Center for Innovation and Technology and host at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Bixel Exchange’s mission is not only to empower entrepreneurs but to help translate entrepreneurial activities to a more prosperous and inclusive Los Angeles.
Through their Startup LAunch program, Bixel Exchange launched an Executive-In-Residence (EIR) pilot program. The startup accelerator program selected six high potential startups with seven tech executives in a 10-week intensive program for hands-on, customized mentoring covering a range of topics including investment and pitch preparation, go-to-market strategy, and customer acquisition and sales.
The pilot program culminated with a demo day showcasing the program startups and bringing together investors, community-builders, and entrepreneurs to share the incredible progress made by each startup.
As part of this program launch, HelloAdvisr Founder and CEO, Ed Lee was honored to be invited to be an inaugural EIR advisor. Ed shared his expertise in pricing, monetization, go-to-market to the teams and program.
We are excited to continue to be on the growth journey of the current startups in the current cohort as well as the growth of the program and mission of Bixel Exchange!
More About Bixel Exchange
Bixel Exchange focuses on the rapidly evolving segments of the high-tech ecosystem, including adtech, clean tech, digital media, gaming, mobile and social media. Bixel Exchange serves entrepreneurs by working with accelerators, incubators co-working spaces, venture capitalists, angel investors and private equity firms, universities, research institutions, innovation labs and government. To get to know Bixel Exchange better, check out its programs, events and partners.