Author: Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez is a writer based in San Antonio, Texas, covering innovation in emerging tech, cybersecurity, and bioscience startup companies in San Antonio.
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 11, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 11, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. Agile Concepts for Small Business Presented by: Key Co-Working Getting started with Agile methods can boost your productiv...
Shift in Port San Antonio Strategic Approach Yields Close to 3,000 New Jobs
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Shift in Port San Antonio Strategic Approach Yields Close to 3,000 New Jobs

Port San Antonio's new strategic course launched 18 months ago has paid off with close to 3,000 new jobs in cybersecurity, aerospace, and other advanced technologies, Port president and CEO Jim Perschbach said in Friday's State of the Port address. Organized by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the annual year in review emphasized how bold decisions have paid off so far in economic development and new opportunities for innovation at the Port. Of the 2,757 jobs created since the start of fiscal year 2018 to date, only 50 were a result of economic incentives offered by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Pershbach said.  The Port is home to significant cybersecurity operations, including 1,000 personnel employed by the 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) headquarters...
UT Health San Antonio TechNovum Accelerator for Researchers Graduates 8 New Companies
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UT Health San Antonio TechNovum Accelerator for Researchers Graduates 8 New Companies

A new accelerator program designed for aspiring life science entrepreneurs has helped in the formation of eight new biomedical startups. Earlier this year, UT Health San Antonio launched TechNovum, a new technology commercialization accelerator for faculty researchers interested in developing their inventions for the market. John Fritz and Sean Thompson of the Office of Technology Commercialization at UT Health are co-directors and mentors for the new program. The first cohort graduated two therapeutics companies, spurred the development of four new medical devices, and included two digital health startups. The companies are: Atomic Therapeutics, developing novel anticancer therapeutics for leukemia Protectum Oncology, introducing low-dose arsenic for reducing cancer therapy ...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 4, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 4, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. Break Fast & Launch Fall Dinner Day Presented by: Launch SA The Break Fast & Launch Program is an 8-week culinary ...
Reckon Point Robotics Startup Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding
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Reckon Point Robotics Startup Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding

San Antonio indoor navigation robotics startup Reckon Point announced Friday the close of its $1.5 million seed funding round.  Notes We Buy, LLC, headed by George Atallah, an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience as a real estate investor, developer and asset manager in the Texas and California markets, led the round with $1.2 million.   Reckon Point also received funding from Khaled Saffouri, angel investor and president of the San Antonio-based digital marketing company Digiboost, to bring the total amount invested to $1.5 million. Located at Port San Antonio, Reckon Point specializes in indoor GPS mapping and navigation services. San Antonio native, chief executive, and founder Gabe Garza launched Reckon Point in 2015 after he engineered robots for indoor navigation using th...
Plus One Robotics Expands to New 10,500-Square-Foot Facility at Port San Antonio
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Plus One Robotics Expands to New 10,500-Square-Foot Facility at Port San Antonio

Despite the gloomy weather, onlookers eagerly lined up to tour the new Plus One Robotics facility at Port San Antonio Tuesday. Co-founders Shaun Edwards, Paul Hvass, and Erik Nieves have combined several advanced technologies in order to automate warehouse operations for e-commerce companies. The robotics startup developed innovative software that trains three-dimensional camera-equipped robots using machine learning to teach them how to see and pick up items on an assembly line. The advanced vision capabilities and high-performance manipulators are parts of the company's PickOne system, an automated, mixed parcel sorting and picking (or singulation) system. The company also offers Yonder, a remote robot management service for enterprises, and CheckOne, an automated quality assurance...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 28, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 28, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. Intro to AWS & Cloud Technologies Presented by: San Antonio Data Science Big Data and AI is not trained on one compute...
Data Privacy Startup Rectify Wins $50K Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition
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Data Privacy Startup Rectify Wins $50K Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition

Data protection and privacy company Rectify won the top prize of $50,000 Tuesday evening at TechFuel. The pitch competition is San Antonio's largest, equity-free, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition open to early-stage tech startups.   Launched by  Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit, the competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. During the event, a panel of five judges with venture funding expertise questioned, then selected the $50,000 grand prize winner. The remaining prize money was awarded based on votes from the audience in reaction to the pitches. Rectify was one of five San Antonio-based finalists out of 57 startups that applied to the pitc...
RealCo Adds HackNotice and BetterYou Companies to Its Accelerator Program
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RealCo Adds HackNotice and BetterYou Companies to Its Accelerator Program

The San Antonio-based RealCo long-term accelerator program announced the addition of two new companies to its portfolio — BetterYou and HackNotice. BetterYou is based in St. Paul, MN, while HackNotice is located in Austin, TX. Founder of HackNotice Steve Thomas has over ten years of security experience. Previously, Thomas launched PwnedList in 2011, the first enterprise credential service, which was acquired in 2013. Thomas learned much from his first startup and is now on a “bigger and better cybersecurity mission with HackNotice,” he told Startups San Antonio. The company provides threat intelligence, specializing in data breaches as well as leaked credentials and identities. HackNotice’s real-time notifications help businesses stay one step ahead of potential security ri...
What Does San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Need?
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What Does San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Need?

Many people are betting on San Antonio’s future as a city known for its innovation. Momentum is building across the Alamo City’s major technology, cybersecurity, and bioscience sectors as more entrepreneurially minded inventors and scientists launch new companies. Venture capitalists (VCs) are also looking in San Antonio for promising startups. Investors often diversify their portfolios as a cushion against market volatility. That makes San Antonio a good place to invest—we stand out as a city with unique, diverse capabilities. A big part of a VC’s due diligence is asking founders hard questions. Is an early-stage company working on a significant problem with a sizable market that can be scaled into a solid solution? Getting to the point where a founder can satisfactorily answe...