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

Mar 20, 2018

Should I Make It Locally?

We are excited to be partnering on the “BOLD: Beyond the Concept” series in 2018. While planning to bring a product to life, finding the right manufacturing partners is an important step. We’ll help you decide when and how you should keep production close to home.

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Apr 25, 2018

Grants and Non-Dilutive Capital

Don’t give up equity if you don’t need to! Explore various grant opportunities to fund your company. This event is part of our Creative Financing Strategies series.

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May 23, 2018

Alternative Debt Opportunities

Debt has a bad rap, but don’t be afraid! Learn how to effectively tap into a wide spectrum of tools to help grow your company. Part of our Creative Financing Strategies series.

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Jun 20, 2018

Social Impact Investments and Grants

Are you a purpose-drive company, or do you aim for social impact? You might be eligible for investments and grants from surprising sources. Part of our Creative Financing Strategies series.

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Jul 18, 2018

More Events to Come!

We have a whole new set of events planned in 2018, aimed at connecting founders with resources they need to scale. Join our list and be the first to know about upcoming events and get exclusive invitations. Or click here for our regional calendar.

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Past Events

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    Feb 14, 2018

    Dollars & Sense: Creative Financing Strategies

    Is your company’s growth limited by lack of financing? Learn creative avenues to finance your business, from factoring and fintech to ICOs and social impact investments.

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    Nov 30, 2017

    Introduction to Leather – Factory Tour Workshop

    Learn the basics of designing and manufacturing luxury leather bags and shoes at this Factory Tour Workshop at a local factory in Downtown LA. Limited to 12 participants.

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    Tim OReilly

    Nov 14, 2017

    “What’s the Future, and Why it’s up to Us”

    A conversation with Tim O’Reilly, the “Oracle of Silicon Valley,” about his new book “WTF?” Hear his predictions of the future of technology and how it will impact our society and our businesses. Hosted by LiveTalks LA.

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    Oct 12, 2017

    Introduction to Apparel – Factory Tour Workshop

    Learn how to manufacture locally! This intimate, invitation-only gathering will be an opportunity to get “manufacturing ready,” learn how to find the right factory, and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.

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    Oct 6, 2017

    Maker Walk LA

    Explore the Arts District with fellow entrepreneurs, manufacturers, local brands, and the business community. Enjoy behind-the-scenes factory tours and demos, mini-workshops at the LA Cleantech Incubator, and an evening V.I.P. celebration hosted by COMUNITY and the LA Mayor’s Office.

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    Sep 13, 2017

    Hardware – Factory Tour Workshop

    Our inaugural Factory Tour Workshop is aimed at hardware entrepreneurs getting ready to scale their product. We visit an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) supplier and an injection molding facility. [Click to see photos from the event]

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    Sep 12, 2017

    “Integrated LA” Luncheon at WESTEC

    Join the LADWP, the City of Los Angeles, and other experts to learn how your business can tap into local resources and incentives, in a rap session emceed by host of The Art of Manufacturing podcast Z Holly. This free luncheon is part of WESTEC; we have a limited number of comp tickets available.

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    Jul 26, 2017

    MAKE IT – Launching Your Product in the New Reality of Retail

    Planning and executing your product launch is critical to thrive–or just survive–in today’s repidly changing landscape of retail. Learn the steps, from pricing and packaging, to customer engagement and the order you approach each channel.

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  • Product Strategy Real-time

    Jun 28, 2017

    MAKE IT – Product Strategy Real-Time

    Why do some products succeed spectacularly and others never take off? Product strategy experts in competitive intelligence, customer insights and design share their perspectives and help two entrepreneurs refine ideas in real-time, in front of the audience.

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    Radical Optimism

    Jun 15, 2017

    Radical Optimism: How We Make

    Our Chief Instigator Z Holly moderates a panel of makers in apparel, space, and entertainment, as part of the Radical Optimism series that explores what it means to be from LA.

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    MAKE IT Textiles

    May 31, 2017

    MAKE IT – Future Textiles: How to Use Tomorrow’s Materials Today

    Kristine Upesleja, Director of FIDM’s Textiles Lab and Principal at Madisons Innovative Materials, kicks off a conversation with a talk on the future of textiles and how to use them.

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    May 3, 2017

    SwitchPitch Los Angeles

    Enterprises pitch the startups! MAKE IT IN LA is pleased to support this unique opportunity for established companies and government agencies in the space sector to discover and source innovative startup solutions.

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    Apr 26, 2017

    MAKE IT – Purpose-Driven Manufacturing: Improve Your Bottom Line

    Whether you are a purpose-driven brand or a manufacturer that wants to increase customer loyaty and profits, join Carolyn Casavan to learn how to implement sustainable practices in your factory or supply chain and communicate your commitment to your customers.

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    Apr 18, 2017

    Hello, Tomorrow

    From Indiana to Silicon Valley, automation and the future of work is top of mind. Join us for a premiere of documentary short “Before the Bridge” presented by 72U, followed by a panel discussion moderated by MAKE IT IN LA’s Z Holly. Free event, RSVP mandatory.

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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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