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.
7 Tips on How to Win Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Grants
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7 Tips on How to Win Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Grants

Scientists are always looking for ways to fund their research. But what if you want to translate discoveries into a viable product or service for the marketplace? Read Part 1 on what you should know about non-diluting federal SBIR and STTR funding to learn about tapping into the Federal Government's "America's seed fund" of early-stage funding.If you are ready to prepare a winning proposal to win funding for your research, read the seven tips we collected from experts and successful researchers who have earned a Small Business Innovation Research Program, or SBIR grant, or an STTR or Small Business Technology Transfer grant. Design your R&D approach with commercialization in mind. StemBioSys senior researcher Travis Block has won two SBIR grants, one to fund work at StemBioSys, t...
What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding
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What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding

Scientists are always looking for ways to fund their research. But what if you want to translate discoveries into a viable product or service for the marketplace? Successfully tapping into the Federal Government's "America's seed fund" of early-stage funding can make or break commercialization efforts, especially since you don't have to give up equity in exchange.Researchers should familiarize themselves with the $2.5 billion annual set aside for the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program, also known as SBIR, and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or STTR. These two initiatives are the largest source of federally-funded early-stage, high-risk funding for startup companies. Designed to meet specific needs for federal government research and development (R&D), S...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of May 6, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of May 6, 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 Summer Dinner Day Presented by Launch SAThe Break Fast & Launch Program is an 8-week culinary...
Mind Science Foundation Expert Reveals the Science Behind the Teen Brain
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Mind Science Foundation Expert Reveals the Science Behind the Teen Brain

Why do teenagers make bad choices?If you have ever parented, taught, or mentored teenagers, you may have wondered why their thought processes can be so different from adults. The reasons stem from how the adolescent brain develops.The Mind Science Foundation has asked Abigail Baird, professor of psychological science on the Arnhold Family Chair at Vassar College to discuss the teenaged brain and its neurological growth spurt in adolescence that shapes how we process and consolidate our life experiences.She will speak May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Pearl Stable; tickets are available here.Baird’s research focuses on the biological basis of adolescent brain development and how it shapes behavior. Her work examines how social, emotional, cognitive, and brain-based factors drive how ado...
Clean Energy Generator and Two Biomedical Devices Declared Winners at UTSA CITE Competition
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Clean Energy Generator and Two Biomedical Devices Declared Winners at UTSA CITE Competition

A clean energy generator, a video-aided laryngoscope, and a cooling prosthetic socket caught the attention of judges at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) venture competition Tuesday. EnVault, the student team that created a zero-emissions portable generator, won the top prize at UTSA's $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition.UTSA's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) hosts the annual competition to give students hands-on experience as early-stage entrepreneurs. CITE is an interdisciplinary center in UTSA's Colleges of Business and Engineering formed in 2007 to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and the surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures.  The top three teams will have access to a prize pool of more t...
Cliently Scores $1M Seed Round from Active Capital, Moves to San Antonio
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Cliently Scores $1M Seed Round from Active Capital, Moves to San Antonio

One San Antonio-based venture capital firm is living up to its name, investing actively in promising business to business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) startups which in this case, has lead to a promising company relocating to San Antonio.Cliently announced Tuesday its $1M million seed funding round led by Active Capital with participation from the Altair Capital Management company based in Tel Aviv, Israel. This most recent round is Cliently’s largest to date, having raised $500,000 previously. Active Capital’s investments include software businesses across the U.S. led by founders offering B2B services such as cloud computing, sales generation, and accounting technologyCliently chief executive officer (CEO) Spencer Farber launched the company to provide businesses an automat...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of April 29, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of April 29, 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.Exploring Entrepreneurship Presented by LiftFundThis workshop is focused on providing active duty, veterans, women vetera...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of April 22, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of April 22, 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.Sales: Hiring for Superior Results, Mentor Rounds Presented by: Launch SAMentor Kevin Shaughnessy is the president of Sal...
UTSA Startup Grind to Feature Active Capital and FunnelAI
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UTSA Startup Grind to Feature Active Capital and FunnelAI

Startup Grind UTSA will host its fireside chat April 24 at 6:30 p.m. with guest speakers Cat Dizon, co-founder and partner at venture capital firm Active Capital talking with the co-founders of artificial intelligence (AI) startup FunnelAI, Sridhar Kamma and Sujatha Kamma. The event takes place at the university’s College of Business. Register for a free ticket here.FunnelAI announced March 27 that it received a $1.5 million seed round led by the San Antonio based venture capital firm Active Capital. The investment included funding from the Geekdom Fund, Europe-based retail and consumer investor True, and angel investors from San Antonio and Houston.Read more: Active Capital-Led $1.5M Funding, Workforce Grant Fuels Growth for FunnelAISridhar Kamma created the first automated sa...
UTSA Startup Leaptran Wins Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation
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UTSA Startup Leaptran Wins Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation

Leaptran, a San Antonio startup spun out of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has garnered the international Smart 50 Award for its energy monitoring and control system for buildings.The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect (SCC), the Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize the world’s top 50 most transformative smart cities projects each year. San Antonio is the only city on the list of 50 awardees with two projects that were awarded this distinction. The other is Cityflag, which won the award for its 311SA community engagement application developed for the City of San Antonio.Read more: San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for CityflagLeaptran chief executive officer Jeff Xu accepted the award this month at the...