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 October 21, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 21, 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. It's Startup Week in San Antonio! You bet we'll have plenty of events to list...watch for them to appear magically later Sund...
CyberWraith Video Game New Way to Close Cybersecurity Workforce Gap
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CyberWraith Video Game New Way to Close Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

The cybersecurity labor crunch is projected to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. Yet, possessing certifications is not enough for those on the front lines of cybersecurity. Contributing to the workforce gap is the challenge in identifying the skills and experience candidates need for these jobs. One San Antonio entrepreneur is looking to solve this problem by proposing a new, immersive video game called CyberWraith as the solution. U.S. Air Force veteran Nigel LeBlanc launched the Cyber Warrior Network (CWN) in 2015 after he realized transitioning military members needed help connecting with civilian employers looking for cyber experts. He saw the need to upend the cybersecurity applicant tracking system, which he called a “glorified keyword match between the job listing and can...
Mind Science Foundation Awards $60,000 at ‘BrainStorm’ Neuroscience Pitch Competition
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Mind Science Foundation Awards $60,000 at ‘BrainStorm’ Neuroscience Pitch Competition

Audience members at the Mind Science Foundation (MSF) pitch competition voted Tuesday evening to award the top prize of $30,000 to a neuroscientist researching resiliency in children raised in poverty. The research team of Laurie Cutting, Stephanie Del Tufo, and Tin Nguyen from Vanderbilt University will use the funding to answer why some children in underserved populations are resilient and how that resiliency can be reproduced to help more students. In its second year, the Foundation’s BrainStorm pitch competition connects neuroscience researchers directly to audience members who vote on supporting a researcher's proposed groundbreaking research. The $60,000 pot of prize money will help early-career researchers continue promising work in neuroscience, said MSF executive director Me...
New Precision Therapeutics Partnership to Highlight San Antonio’s Unique Bioscience Capabilities
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New Precision Therapeutics Partnership to Highlight San Antonio’s Unique Bioscience Capabilities

Tuesday's announcement of a new major collaborative initiative focused on San Antonio's unique strengths in precision therapeutics will help boost the city's biomedical capability for innovation in healthcare. The presidents of San Antonio’s four largest research institutions announced Tuesday they are collectively funding the new nonprofit San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics or SAPPT with $800,000 from UT Health San Antonio, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed), The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). This groundbreaking initiative will fund researchers working collaboratively across the four institutions, serving as a model for interdisciplinary development of breakthrough therapies customized for each pa...
SendSpark Closes $300,000 Pre-Seed Round Led by Active Capital
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SendSpark Closes $300,000 Pre-Seed Round Led by Active Capital

San Antonio-based Sendspark, a startup launching a new kind of video outreach platform, announced Tuesday it closed a $300,000 pre-seed funding round led by Active Capital. Serial entrepreneur Pat Matthews founded Active Capital, a San Antonio-headquartered venture firm that invests in early-stage business to business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) companies across the U.S. Other participants in the investment included entrepreneurial fellowship program Venture for America.  Sendspark is a video outreach platform for businesses to record and send personalized videos via email to buyers. Users can use the Sendspark platform to record videos from a browser, customize video landing pages, share videos either through email or a public URL, and track analytics. Sendspark founders B...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 14, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 14, 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. 2019 CORE4 STEM Press Conference Presented by: San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Join the San Antonio Hispanic Cham...
Dura Software Secures $10M Series A Round to Fund Expansion
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Dura Software Secures $10M Series A Round to Fund Expansion

Dura Software, a holding company specializing in “hyper-niche” software products, announced the close of its $10 million round of investment financing Friday. The Series A round was oversubscribed and is the largest tech equity raise in San Antonio to date for 2019, according to a company statement. The San Antonio-based holding company launched in June 2018 as Dura Holdings when it had acquired Moki Mobility Inc., which provides cloud-based software for managing large numbers of mobile devices. Founded by Paul Salisbury, Dura's CEO, and San Antonio entrepreneur Michael Girdley, executive chairman, the duo decided to change the holding firm's name earlier in 2019 to reflect its focus on acquiring and operating niche software companies. Read more: Dura Holdings Launches with First Acq...
San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology Centerpiece of Port San Antonio Innovation Hub
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San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology Centerpiece of Port San Antonio Innovation Hub

San Antonio is home to a world-class collection of historic science and technology artifacts housed in an early-stage museum that is the centerpiece of Port San Antonio's planned innovation center. Conceived as a hub for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovators and entrepreneurs to work alongside industry partners, the Port’s innovation center will also include the expanded new home for the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT). That larger space will accommodate the growing mission of the nonprofit museum, which in late September merged with SASTEMIC, operator of the Geekbus and longtime provider of STEM programming and educational services. “Together, we are a larger, stronger and more diverse organization, carrying all our staff and services for...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 7, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 7, 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. Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Presented by: VenturePoint Join us for the grand opening of our newest VenturePoint loc...
Largest State FIRST Robotics Competition Comes to San Antonio in 2020
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Largest State FIRST Robotics Competition Comes to San Antonio in 2020

Hundreds of high school students from Texas and New Mexico will converge at San Antonio's Alamadome April 2 to April 4, 2020 to compete in the state's Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or FIRST Robotics Competition, the largest robotics competition in Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded the FIRST In Texas Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosts the robotics competitions,  a $1,000,000 grant Tuesday to support student-led FIRST robotics teams across the state. Funding targets Texas schools with the highest percentage of underserved and underrepresented students to help create competitive robotics teams. “TWC is proud to join FIRST in Texas in providing a setting where extraordinary students can get hands-on experience in STE...