Innov8-Helping Other Create Opportunities. South LA's Silicon Valley!

submission by CodeTechIQ
Innov8-Helping Other Create Opportunities.  South LA's Silicon Valley!

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation, Innovate Globally and Los Angeles Southwest College Career & Technical Education

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


LA Southwest College Foundation's mission is to improve community success by supporting indigenous innovation, providing access to quality education and link students to jobs in growth industries and entrepreneurial opportunities in South LA.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


LASC Foundation partnered with Innovate Globally to create a synergistic program that accomplishes the following three goals: 1) educate students and South Los Angeles residents on the highly marketable skill of coding; 2) support business entrepreneurship by providing students and community members with “soup to nuts” business instruction and industry exposure for tech-related start-ups; and 3) ultimately create a sustainable “Innovation Ecosystem” that will encourage indigenous creativity.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.


@Innov8 helping others create opportunities! Silicon Valley South LA!

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Los Angeles Southwest College

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.


LASC Foundation, in partnership with Innovate Globally and LASC’s Career and Technical Education School seek to create a “tech hub” in South Los Angeles.
1. Students are offered the Introduction to Innovation 72 (I2 I), a 6-week, non-credit class at LASC CTE. The course is an introduction to the core components of the Innov8 program—CodeTechIQ, DigiTechIQ and BizTechIQ.
a. CodeTechIQ—students are taught the “back-end of innovation”. They are provided with an introduction to computer coding, as well as a look at how coding is used in industry (web-based, mobile, gaming and other industries).
b. DigiTechIQ—students are taught “what drives innovation”. They are instructed on content creation (digital media, web and graphic design, infographics, etc.).
c. BizTechIQ—students are taught the “front end” of innovation”. They are given the skills to manage a tech start up. The students get lessons in project management, securing funding, making the pitch and overall business development.
2. I2I enables the student to determine their area of interest—Code, Digi or BizTech. Students are then put on an education track with more in-depth introductory course work in their area of interest. Upon completion of one semester of classes, the student receives a Certificate of Knowledge.
3. The students will then be placed in an 8-12 week internship with an Innov8 industry partner. The student gives the students the opportunity to get hands-on experience and continued education in a real-world work environment.
4. The students’ for-credit coursework at LASC CTE. The student earns a Certificate of Skill.
5. Students are eligible to participate in a Preceptorship—the opportunity to work with a Fast 5 team (coder, digi-technician, BizTech manager, a Masters Level Student from local University and an Industry Expert) to work with local entrepreneurs on a tech start- up. This is exciting for two reasons: a) it provides local entrepreneurs access to significantly discounted development expertise, helping to launch a successful tech-based business and b) it provides the Innov8 students the opportunity to get hands-on experience on launching a start-up, as well as projects to add to their professional portfolios.
6. Students are recommended to complete three Preceptorships. The students now have three options: a) four-year degree; b) employment in the tech industry with work experience and impressive portfolios; or c) launch their own start-up.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Innov8 will use a variety of evaluative tools. These include, but are not limited to the following:
• Number of students enrolled and % that complete classes.
• Student surveys/questionnaires
• LASC Institutional Effectiveness department gathers data on all classes taught on campus
• Number of corporate partners secured for instruction and internships
• Number of students successfully placed in internships and preceptorships; % complete
• Number of students enrolled in four year university
• Number of students placed in viable job
• Number of students that launch a tech start-up

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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