Congratulations on finishing your second round of midterms! Hang in there until finals.
On a brighter note, Illuminate: Designathon 2021 apps have launched TODAY! Designathon is BE’s flagship design-focused hackathon aimed at fostering design & design thinking on campus.
Our theme this year is focused on rethinking space, which includes both the physical and abstract spaces we occupy on a daily basis. How can we think critically about the systems we operate in and address problems within them?
This year, Designathon will be virtual and split over two days, from April 10th - April 11th. We’ll be hosting sponsor-led workshops, speaker panels, and mentorship sessions throughout the weekend.
ICYMI (Some Current Events)
Twitter Teases Super Follows
Twitter announced a new feature, Super Follows, at its Analyst Day presentation last week that will allow users to monetize their content. Read more here.
Hundreds of K-pop Songs Have Been Removed from Spotify
Hundreds of K-pop songs have been removed from Spotify Korea following the end of the licensing deal between Spotify and Kakao M. Read more here.
Upcoming Events + Opportunities
Weekly Night 9: Startup Labs Demo Day
Tomorrow, on Tuesday, March 2 @ 7:30 PM PST, BE will be hosting a mock demo day with Startup Labs! Startup Labs is BE’s own in-house startup accelerator that’s currently mentoring 20+ UCLA startups. Select startups will be giving pitches and talking about the work they’ve been doing as entrepreneurs. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about what Startup Labs does and how you can potentially apply next year! Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/beweeklynight.
Spring Quarter Tech Bootcamp
Bruin Young Tech Professionals, an Innovate@UCLA student group, is hosting a 6-week tech bootcamp during spring quarter to give students the skills they need to break into product development and project management. Throughout the program, students will learn from real industry leaders, address a social issue, and learn the steps required to produce real results that help the local community.
The topics this year are smart city tech, health tech, clean tech, and edtech.
Sign up by March 7th here!
Startup UCLA Social Entrepreneurship Survey
Interested in social entrepreneurship? Let Startup UCLA know how they can create social impact programming that best suits your needs! The first 25 respondents to their social entrepreneurship survey will receive Startup UCLA masks, and all respondents will be entered in a raffle to win one of five T-shirts and a $50 Amazon gift card. You can find the survey here.
Bear @ UCLA
Bear is a student consulting organization that helps build and scale fellow student organizations to stand out and increase engagement. Its objectives are to improve the experience of navigating the complex student organization network, to enhance the quality of student organizations and maximize their impact with its free consulting services, and to connect students with the resources to start an organization.
Learn more at their website here!
General Members Discord
If you’re a general member, make sure to join us on Discord to get updates on BE, chat with board members, and get exclusive resources and opportunities. The link to our Discord is below!
UCLA Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Map
Bruin Entrepreneurs’ very own Startup Labs director, Paolo Shamoon, compiled a UCLA Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Map to give our general members a list of all of the entrepreneurship resources available on campus. This includes clubs, organizations, accelerator programs, and even non-UCLA affiliated programs, complete with descriptions and links. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, click the button below to check it out and shoot Paolo an email to say thanks!
GiveDirectly is a nonprofit working to deliver cash directly to families living in poverty, particularly those heavily affected by COVID-19. They're currently on a mission to raise $200 million to respond to the financial effects of the pandemic in the U.S. If you’re willing and able, you can support their mission by using the button below to donate.
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization providing financial relief to those in poverty - regardless of religion, politics, or ability to pay. Right now, their focus is providing PPE, essential medical items, and emergency funding for healthcare workers across the U.S. If you’re willing and able, use the button below to donate.
Americares is a health-relief organization whose primary focus is providing medicine, care, and supplies to disaster-stricken communities. They’re focusing on providing critical supplies and clinical care to healthcare workers and the most vulnerable communities. If you’re willing and able, use the button below to donate.
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