Upcoming Events

Jan 1, 2030

Check out our evergreen resources!

We’ve refocused our efforts away from in-person events towards evergreen online content crafted from our years of programming and community-building. Check out our resources pages for videos, podcasts, incentives, organizations, and more!

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Past Events

May 31, 2019

MakerWalk LA 2019

Join fellow makers for a unique behind-the-scenes look at how things are made in LA! Factories and businesses around the Arts District open their doors for and afternoon of special tours and demos.

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Nov 28, 2018

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICOs

From fashion to aerospace to cleantech to social enterprise startups, innovative founders are using blockchain technology to revolutionize manufacturing & raise capital across the map – inside and outside the cryptocurrency universe. Come join us at this months Dollars & Sense series to learn more about how this technology can impact your business.

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Oct 10, 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. This event is part of our Dollars & Sense: Creative Financing series with LACI. Tentative date: Oct 10.

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Aug 1, 2018

Alternative Equity Financing

You can raise capital without angel or venture financing! Learn about creative sources of equity capital to invest in the growth of your company: strategic investing, family offices, the Toronto Stock Exchange, reverse mergers, and more. This event is part of our Dollars & Sense: Creative Financing series with LACI.

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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, from microfinance and venture debt to asset-based and export financing. This event is part of our Dollars & Sense: Creative Financing series with LACI.

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May 12, 2018

BOLD Symposium

The BOLD Symposium is a daylong event to celebrate and inspire a community of creative entrepreneurs. Click “Read More” to go to a special Industry registration page offering our community 50% the regular $299 price.

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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 Dollars & Sense: Creative Financing series with LACI.

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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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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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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 barrio.la 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 notjustalabel.com 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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Oct 7, 2016

CM Roundtable – Softgoods and Apparel

Contract manufacturers in apparel and soft goods share best practices.

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CM Tours

Aug 19, 2016

Karl Kani #makermeet

Urban streetwear pioneer Karl Kani opened his studio for our first #makermeet.

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Jun 23, 2016

The Future of Sustainable and Healthy Food

L.A. Prep hosts a conversation for MAKE IT IN LA Week with local food production innovators who are reimagining sustainable and healthy food, using new approaches from biotechnology and hydroponics to new ecommerce and delivery models.

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Jun 22, 2016

Locally Made: From Idea to Successful Retail Brand

MAKE IT IN LA partner Localism hosts a luncheon at Maker City LA for MAKE IT IN LA Week. Leading members of the locally made movement sit down with West Coast editor of Entrepreneur magazine to explore how a brand can take a good idea through design and local production, and bring it to market in a competitive retail environment.

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Jun 21, 2016

Aerospace Makers Social

MAKE IT IN LA partner Starburst Accelerator and friends host an evening with manufacturing industry leaders discussing the “Factory of the Future,” to share views on how advanced materials, robotics, IoT, deep learning and other trends are shaping the future of aerospace and high-­tech manufacturing, as part of MAKE IT IN LA Week.

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Jun 21, 2016

The Future of Manufacturing

To kick off MAKE IT IN LA Week, L.A. Mayor Garcetti and his team unveil the results of the MAKE IT IN LA Study followed by a conversation with local manufacturing pioneers about the future of manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and what it means to make in LA.

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Jun 17, 2016


Join the MAKE IT IN LA coalition in celebrating President Obama’s National Week of Making June 17-23, with carefully curated events across industries from aerospace to retail brands and food, kicking off with the launch of L.A. Mayor Garcetti’s MAKE IT IN LA initiative.

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