Sometimes you can’t really beat having a conversation. Let’s talk: https://calendly.com/imfayehayes/30min

Here’s a link to a really helpful article: https://fueled.com/blog/build-feature-set/

Codecademy has a TON of interactive lessons. For those interested in learning how to code but unsure of what language to focus on – codecademy is perfect to get a taste of multiple technologies.

Register Here: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2021/06/ai-measurement-and-evaluation-workshop

If you’re interested in a new field but unsure if it’s worth it to pursue – find someone doing the thing you want to do and ask for an informational interview. The worst they can do is say no (most won’t). Be sure to prepare for the informational interview in advance. This is your chance to get the insider knowledge on the industry, role, or technology that you’re interested in. So make the most of your time together by reading up on the person you’re talking to, come up with specific questions, and create an agenda that you can follow during the meeting to ensure you don’t miss anything.

 Here was an interesting article with tips on doing so: https://www.forbes.com/sites/juliawuench/2021/05/19/9-questions-to-ask-during-an-informational-interview

The OnRamp Impact Conference features curated, one-on-one pitch sessions between selected startup social enterprises and participating organizations (corporate social responsibility executives and impact investors) to discuss potential customer relationships, strategic partnerships and, if appropriate, investment opportunities with the goal of making greater impact in our communities. Startup social enterprises must apply, and one-on-one pitch sessions are scheduled based upon mutual interest. Most selected startups will be paired with multiple organizations for one-on-one pitches. Participation is completely free for selected startups. Link: https://onrampimpactconference.com/startup-track


Ladies Who Launch is excited to host the Jumpstart Virtual Summit 2021 for pre-launch & early-stage founders! Last November we came together for a 2-day Summit for Women Entrepreneurs worldwide and left feeling inspired and armed with tools to innovate and thrive as business owners. This year, we hope to bring together the rapidly growing community of women, femme, and non-binary entrepreneurs that are gearing up to launch their businesses.

On June 9th, we will be hosting a 1-day crash course Virtual Summit focused on pre-launch and early-stage founders. 2020 saw a 13-year high of new LLC formations with 13% more women-owned businesses in existence now than in 2019. Between this new data and conversations with our community, we decided to bring you a full day of panels, and sessions covering topics including Defining your Brand Identity, Funding Your Venture, The “New Normal” of Business, a powerful Keynote Speech, and much more!

Get your tickets: https://hopin.com/events/jumpstartlwl

JLH Fund will provide up to $1,000,000 in grants to Black led nonprofit organizations and Black owned businesses. Link: https://www.jlhfund.org/

June 14th – August 13th
New sessions have been added to Black Girls CODE’s #CODETheSummer Summer Camp! Registration for our virtual iOS Development sessions is open. We’ve also opened registration for our in-person sessions happening in the Bay Area, Detroit and New York. #CODETheSummer is an immersive, STEM education-focused experience for students of all genders between the ages of 7 and 17. Space is limited for each of our sessions. Register today!

Urban Tech Connect Conference 2021 (UTC)

This is a different type of conference. A conference for those who think differently. Not business as usual, looking to gather just to touch base. It’s for those looking to disrupt.

Venture funds, startup and established geniuses, financiers, founders. A diverse array of tech wizards.

All coming together in one place. Because that is what top talent does, unite, to raise the bar. More information at https://utc.pluginsouthla.com/.

Who you will meet:

  • Diverse founders and executives from different tech ecosystems around the U.S.
  • Startup teams looking for partnerships and funding
  • VCs & Angel Investors eager to find their next strategic play
  • Technologists, Tech Professionals & Tech recruiters
  • Job Seekers
  • Executives Professional resources (banking partners, recruiters, legal advice, incubator and accelerator directors)
  • Recent graduates

Conference Sessions and Tracks

  • Founders & Start Up Teams
  • Technology and Jobs
  • Investors and Fundraising
  • Professional Development and Growth
  • Next Generation of Tech
  • Skill Building and Workshops
  • Virtual office-hour sessions (meet with investors, recruiters, tech professionals, accelerator recruiters in private 1:1 virtual sessions. Sign up after you register.)

Organizer: Plug In South Los Angeles 

Registration & Questions (scholarships, partnerships, sponsorship):

Email: info@pluginsouthla.com

Your Voice Is Power is an immersive virtual experience that examines how computer science and music can be utilized as tools to advance racial equity. Through Georgia Tech’s EarSketch platform, participants will use code to remix Pharrell’s song “Entrepreneur.” Submitted remixes will be judged based on the quality of music, code, and messaging by a panel of industry professionals. Students will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize which is a $5,000 scholarship or grant to start a business.

The free virtual event kicks off Monday, May 17th at 2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST. Space is limited. Register today!

Work with a mix of strategists and creatives who will Review, Recommend, Refresh and React your digital brand! Apply by May 24, 2021.

Enter the pitch for the opportunity to tell the public and investors about your business and develop your pitch through online and in-person events, mentoring from industry-leading entrepreneurs and meeting other inspiring startups. Learn more

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