MAKE IT IN LA Aims To Bridge Entrepreneurs, Manufacturers

A new effort, led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and headed up by startup evangelist Krisztina 'Z' Holly, is looking to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and manufacturers in LA. The new MAKE IT IN LA effort recently published a study, which found that manufacturing has more employment in LA than the creative industry; and that there is excess capacity in Los Angeles for manufacturing, with lots of potential to tie that manufacturing expertise with LA's new startup culture. According to MAKE IT IN LA, it is looking to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn creative ideas into thriving businesses that power L.A.ís economy and create good-paying jobs. The group said it will focus specifically on regulatory streamlining, development permitting, and workforce development as a part of efforts to link those entrepreneurs and manufacturers. Holly was most recently Entrepreneur in Residence at the city's for Garcetti, and also previously served was head of USC's Steven Institute for Innovation.