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.
Digital Creative Institute Debuts First Digital Marketing Apprenticeship
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Digital Creative Institute Debuts First Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Digital Creative Institute (DCI) has launched the first digital marketing apprenticeship in the U.S.  The San Antonio-based company announced it had formally registered its digital creative marketing apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (DOLOA) and the Texas Workforce Commission. The Geekdom startup launched in San Antonio almost three years ago and has since opened its program in Austin, where DCI is already running an apprenticeship program. DCI offers a 12-month digital marketing mentorship program pairing participants with companies. Recent college graduates gain digital marketing skills while providing local businesses with completed projects that double as part of a student's portfolio. By graduation, apprentices have a portfolio of comp...
San Antonio’s Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Tops $40 Billion in Economic Impact for 2017
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San Antonio’s Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Tops $40 Billion in Economic Impact for 2017

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2018 Healthcare and Bioscience Economic Impact Study is based on 2017 data, according to the study authors economist Richard Butler, Ph.D., and health care administration professor Mary E. Stefl, Ph.D., both from Trinity University. The study completed in 2018 stated its conservative estimate of over $30 billion in impact on San Antonio's economy in 2017. The authors included a more comprehensive analysis of economic impact with data from UT Health San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, and some military medical presence in San Antonio. The overall impact rises to more than $40 billion when the comprehensive data is taken into account. This sector employs over 18 percent of San Antonio's population, with...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 12, 2018
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 12, 2018

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering. 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. Elevating Entrepreneurs Downtown Presented by Launch SA Please visit www.saew.org to see the full schedule! SAEW is about highlighting the entrepre...
City Partnership Offers Free Kitchen Access To Launch SA Culinary Startups
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City Partnership Offers Free Kitchen Access To Launch SA Culinary Startups

For entrepreneurs starting a food truck, small restaurant, a catering business, or perhaps selling at a farmer's market, the lack of access to a commercial kitchen can be a major stumbling block. Building out even a small one can be expensive, especially for a company just launching. The City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department (SAEDD) has partnered with the Maestro Entrepreneur Center to give culinary startups participating in Launch SA programs free access to the Center’s commercial kitchen. SAEDD approved $50,000 for the Maestro Entrepreneur Center to provide 1,200 hours of free commercial kitchen access for those participating in Launch SA's culinary entrepreneurship program Break Fast and Launch, the nation's first culinary business accelerator. “At Launch SA we've seen...
San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’
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San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’

“Cybersecurity as an industry is still in its infancy, and San Antonio is among the elite locations poised for growth," a Deloitte report found. What are the next steps for San Antonio as the city leverages its strengths in cybersecurity? Natalie Wilson is a senior associate in the Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy Practice Group in the San Antonio office of Langley & Banack, Inc. Her colleague, Lui Chambers, recently moderated a multidisciplinary panel discussing San Antonio’s cybersecurity future. Hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth, the Oct. 30 discussion included panelists Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio CEO and president, Bret Piatt, Jungle Disk CEO, Dr. Greg White, director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at UTSA, and Michael ...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 5, 2018
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of November 5, 2018

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering. 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. Geekdom's Fireside Chat Featuring Brianne Alston, Dirk Elmendorf and hosted by Larry "SugarBear" Reyes Presented by Geekdom Welcome to Geekdom's ne...
Want to Launch a Podcast? NaPodPoMo Founder Jennifer Navarrete Says Do It
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Want to Launch a Podcast? NaPodPoMo Founder Jennifer Navarrete Says Do It

The thought of starting a podcast can be intimidating. San Antonio’s own Jennifer Navarrete tells everyone not to let fear ­­­­­­hold you back. She created the National Podcast Post Month or NaPodPoMo in 2007 to encourage people to dive into podcasting. “I’m still not tired of it,” Navarrete said. “For entrepreneurs, you can tell your story in a way that a business card can not—it’s the intimate act of sharing your story.” Plunging into the deep end of the podcasting pool by committing to create and upload one podcast each day in November might be more than most new to podcasting would take on. “Don’t let lack of experience stop you,” Navarrete added. “If you do NaPodPoMo, by Dec. 1 you’ll have created 30 shows and gained lots of experience in a short time.” In other wo...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 29, 2018
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of October 29, 2018

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering. 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. Connect Todos: Digital Inclusion and Upward Mobility Presented by Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio How do we solve the digital divide in S...
Geekdom Co-Founder Launching Startup School in the Rand Building— ‘The District’
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Geekdom Co-Founder Launching Startup School in the Rand Building— ‘The District’

Geekdom is launching an entrepreneurship school with one of its co-founders as “headmaster.” The District will offer a repeating six-week entrepreneurship course of nighttime classes. Geekdom co-founder Nick Longo founded the new school to teach students “about the entrepreneur’s toolbox and how to use those tools effectively,” he told Startups San Antonio. Cost for Geekdom members will be $299, $499 for nonmembers. There are 100 available slots for the three cohorts scheduled in 2019. The first class of 36 students debuts Feb. 4, 2019. To get on the application list, email TheDistrict@geekdom.com or visit The District’s website. The course will take place in the newly renovated basement in the Rand Building on Houston Street. Geekdom CEO David Garcia explained how Geekdom's basement...
On Demand Startup MoveIt Takes the Pain Out of Moving
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On Demand Startup MoveIt Takes the Pain Out of Moving

What if you could use an online service to arrange for movers at a moment’s notice for an affordable price? San Antonio native Michael DeRouen launched his on-demand moving service MoveIt in September and has already completed over 20 moves in its first month of operation. The inspiration for his business concept came in March after he tried to help his mother move her washer and dryer. “With no immediate access to a truck, it was pretty tough finding a quick way to move two huge hunks of metal," DeRouen said. "After struggling with the issue for some time we came to grips with having to call a moving company.” The moving company charged DeRouen’s mother $220 on the two-hour minimum for what wound up being 30 minutes of work getting the bulky items upstairs into her new apartment....