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

May 31, 2019

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

  • 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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    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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