Make it in LA – help connect and celebrate LA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for making things

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Make it in LA – help connect and celebrate LA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for making things

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Make it in LA

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Make it in LA connects and celebrates the entrepreneurial ecosystem for making things in LA.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Everyone knows LA is a center for design, culture, and tech -- but did you know it’s also the largest manufacturing hub in the country? Preliminary results of a forthcoming study have found that LA manufacturing opportunities are growing, but companies need help connecting to LA’s complex supplier network, accessing capital, and navigating government. Make it in LA is piloting an effort to help startups and growing companies connect and succeed in the design and manufacturing ecosystem of LA.

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Make it in LA! Celebrate and connect entrepreneurs and manufacturing in LA to create new products and new jobs

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

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South LA


South Bay

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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

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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.


Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the country, in diverse industries ranging from food and fashion to aerospace and electronics. Preliminary results of a forthcoming study of 1,600 LA County companies have found that LA manufacturing is growing, and there is interest in growing local sourcing and engaging with startups. But companies face significant challenges, including accessing capital, connecting to LA’s complex supplier network, and navigating government.
Make it in LA is a new public-private partnership that will pilot efforts to grow the ecosystem of making things. The first initiative will strengthen the networks between manufacturers in the LA area and potential customers, with a special focus on startups. We will put companies on a technology platform to connect contract manufacturers and customers and enable them to better develop and respond to RFPs, and help promote LA companies with national directories. Events will engage the community, connect companies to potential sources of capital, and raise awareness of the LA manufacturing ecosystem. Make it in LA will help startups and established firms succeed in the design and manufacturing ecosystem of LA.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Our ultimate goal is to grow high quality creative and manufacturing jobs across the whole LA region. We will measure intermediate metrics such as growth in contracts, engagement of companies (startups, designers, manufacturers, and suppliers), and qualitative feedback from participating companies.

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

Money (financial capital)

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Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

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Quality improvement research

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015