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MEDIA ALERT: Event to Celebrate Businesses Poised to Bring Manufacturing Back to Los Angeles


MEDIA ALERT: Event to Celebrate Businesses Poised to Bring Manufacturing Back to Los Angeles

MAKE IT IN LA will Unveil 16 Entrepreneurs Selected as Catalyst Fellows

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --



The Catalyst Kickoff Event will launch MAKE IT IN LA's Catalyst Program, a diverse community of creators scaling their production in Los Angeles. MAKE IT will introduce the 16 Fellows selected to receive one-on-one assistance, and the 60 entrepreneurs in the Catalyst Community will meet each other for the first time. The event will feature elevator pitches, remarks from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, locally-inspired organic cocktails on the distillery floor, Caribbean food and organic desserts.


The Catalyst program reflects a recent surge in investments in physical products and CPG companies, from fashion and food to home goods and electronics, and an untapped opportunity to connect local manufacturing resources. MAKE IT IN LA launched Catalyst to help founders scale and use that momentum to drive economic growth in the largest manufacturing ecosystem in the country. More:


MAKE IT IN LA, representatives from Los Angeles Mayor's Office, local business leaders
Event sponsors: Greenbar Distillery and Kickstarter
Program sponsors: Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, DLA Piper, LACI, Califia Farms, LegalZoom, Red Bull, Opportunity Fund, Innovation Protocol, City National Bank.


Greenbar Distillery
2459 E 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021


Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Remarks and pitches begin approximately 7:30 p.m. Reporters can interview the entrepreneurs after the speaking program.


BACKGROUND: The goal of Catalyst ( is to not only help founders succeed, but use that momentum to drive economic growth and jobs in local manufacturing. It is inspired by a Los Angeles Mayor's Office study that found 57% of factories in L.A. County sat idle part of the time, and were eager to connect with new customers. The L.A. manufacturing ecosystem offers many resources but can be hard to navigate. Fellows get educational programming, resources and support from advisors helping them scale in Los Angeles.

MAKE IT IN LA is a diverse community of creators turning passions into products in Los Angeles. Our mission is to make connections that celebrate and unleash the creative potential of Los Angeles. The non-profit was spun out of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's Entrepreneur-in-Residence program by Krisztina 'Z' Holly, a well-known engineer, tech entrepreneur and the creator of the first TEDx.  For more information, visit

Krisztina 'Z' Holly
Los Angeles, CA 90013
P: 424-305-6253

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