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  We look forward to meeting you! Calendar of regional events here

Apr 26, 2017

MAKE IT – Purpose-Driven Manufacturing: Back up your Brand with Ethical and Sustainable Practices

Today’s consumer increasingly seeks products that they feel good about. Whether you are a purpose-driven brand or a manufacturer with a conscience, live up to your brand promise. Sustainability consultant and Principle Engineer Carolyn Casavan shares guidelines to implement ethical and sustainable practices in your factory or supply chain–and to educate your customers so they care.

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May 25, 2017

More MAKE IT Monthly Talks to Come!

Join us every fourth Wednesday of the month for our #MAKEITMonthly events for talks aimed at helping manufacturers and entrepreneurs embrace business and technology trends to scale their businesses and connect with each other. Join our community and never miss an inviation. Click here for our calendar of regional events.

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Past Events

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    Mar 22, 2017

    MAKE IT – From Prototype to Scale: How to Partner with Contract Manufacturers

    You have a prototype, but now what? Whether you’ve designed a garment or an electronic device, you can work with contract manufacturers (CMs) to get your product manufactured; find out how. Durolabs founder Michael Corr will provide practical advice for getting your product off the ground.

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    Mar 20, 2017

    LA Drone Summit

    Join Starburst Accelerator, the TechCouncil of Southern California, and MAKE IT IN LA for an evening with drone industry experts and thought leaders in DTLA. Meet the rising stars of the UAV universe as we discuss the trends, innovations and predict how UAVs are changing the way we live. Use discount code DRTCOSC.

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    Mar 11, 2017


    Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett, hosted one of her renowned #BennettBrunches to celebrate local manufacturing. Entrepreneurs came together to make food and break bread together.

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    Feb 22, 2017

    MAKE IT – Social Media for Emerging Products: DIY Tips for Big Results

    New digital platforms enable emerging brands to gain awareness quickly and drive sales. Rick Kanter of breaks down how to plan and execute your digital strategy. You’ll leave with DIY skills, a practical resource guide, and new confidence about maximizing your social media potential.

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  • Jan 26, 2017

    TechFair LA

    Connect with local talent and the L.A. tech community at this first ever job fair of its kind in LA. Attend for free or host a booth for $100 to meet 4,000+ registered job seekers! This event at the REEF in DTLA will be the who’s who in local tech, so don’t miss an opportunity to connect with potential technologies and partners that could help scale your business.

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    Jan 25, 2017

    MAKE IT – Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: Delighting your Customer in a New Era of Retail

    The box is the new storefront! In the first “MAKE IT Monthly” event for 2017, learn how you can design a customer experience that leaves a lasting impression. Take a tour of packaging innovator Lumi, hear insights from CEO and founder Jesse Genet, and share ideas with other entrepreneurs and manufacturers.

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    Dec 13, 2016

    Authentic Radicalism

    MAKE IT IN LA partners with Not Just a Label, for the latest in their Authentic Radicalism series, bringing together radical thinkers, vanguards and industry-shakers at NeueHouse Hollywood to discuss redefining LA’s place on the fashion axis. Watch the live stream at at 11am Pacific.

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    Dec 1, 2016

    MAKE IT MONTHLY – Smart Prototyping: Turning Your Idea into a Real Product

    Learn from three experts how to take your product idea through proof of concept, and prepare it for full scale manufacturing. Networking and tour of newly opened Advanced Prototyping Center follows. Hosted by the LA Cleantech Incubator.

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  • Nov 16, 2016

    How to “Make It” in L.A. – an evening of drinks and dialogue

    The MiA (Made in America) Project co-hosts an evening of drinks and discourse aimed at designers, manufacturers, and retail brands, about the state of affairs of the manufacturing community in Los Angeles.

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    Oct 19, 2016

    CM Roundtable – Hardware

    Contract manufacturers in hardware share best practices.

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