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.
SASTEMIC Partners with SAMSAT on STEM Learning Programs
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SASTEMIC Partners with SAMSAT on STEM Learning Programs

Elementary school students clustered around a display of an Enigma machine, German encrypting hardware used by Britain's codebreakers to decipher German messages in World War II. In another room, students were busy with hands-on activities creating museum exhibits about the history, current use, and future of computing. SASTEMIC, a nonprofit science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education advocacy organization, collaborates with local schools to provide STEM-focused educational programs like this one provided to Forester and Northwest Crossing Elementary schools at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) Monday morning. The nonprofit museum, founded in 2016 by David Monroe, explores the past, present, and future of technology in San Antonio. The coll...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of March 26, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of March 26, 2018

Matthew Espinoza, co-founder of SABusinessCalendar.com, provides a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. On average, 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. Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering. Stumberg Venture Competition, Seed Round: Presented by Trinity University-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship The Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition is a two-part pitch event hoste...
The Health Cell Spotlights Healthtech and Medical Device Startups
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The Health Cell Spotlights Healthtech and Medical Device Startups

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a healthtech company and a medical device company? Some may think the descriptors are interchangeable but they are not. Regulatory pathways to get a medical device to market are markedly different than what it takes to get a health-focused technology product in the hands of the consumer. The amount of money it takes to launch and develop products for healthtech and medical device companies is not comparable, either. The Health Cell is sponsoring this panel to help innovative entrepreneurs understand the differences, as well as learn what it takes to launch each of these companies. Register here for the lunch, panel discussion, and question and answer period.  The event will take place April 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Magnolia Hall...
VelocityTX Announces New Leadership
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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership

Jorge Varela has stepped down as CEO of VelocityTX as announced in a March 21 statement from Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF). Varela was hired May 2017 to lead VelocityTX, the innovation arm of the longstanding TRTF. Both are tasked with promoting economic development and investing in San Antonio-based businesses. VelocityTX’s focus is to accelerate the process of commercializing ideas, products, services, or processes and guides both domestic startups and international companies entering the market in the U.S. Varela confirmed his departure with Startups San Antonio via text but did not provide further comment. Varela spent the last five years as the director of the startup incubator Tech Fort Worth and was the associate director of entrepreneurship at the UNT Hea...
How Collaboration Contributes to Innovation
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How Collaboration Contributes to Innovation

Dale Bracey has been with Rackspace since 2004 when he started working with the company’s data center hardware inventory. Today, Bracey is a technical account manager who has worked with many San Antonio startup entrepreneurs over the years. Bracey shares his views on the evolution of San Antonio’s startup scene and how he has seen firsthand the benefits of collaboration fostering innovation. San Antonio’s innovation startup community is growing and relatively young in its evolution. In the early stages of most startup ecosystems, you see specialists emerge to focus on their area of expertise. We now have many entrepreneur and innovator groups focused on a single interest, like filmmaking, video game production, bioscience, or information security. Each is hyper-specialist in their resp...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of March 19, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of March 19, 2018

Matthew Espinoza, co-founder of SABusinessCalendar.com, provides a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. On average, 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. Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering. Geekdom's Blockchain and Bitcoin Educational Series: Presented by Geekdom Join us for the second event in Geekdom's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Educational Series. This specifically addresses...
The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups
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The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups

How can healthtech startups leverage artificial intelligence, cloud-based services, innovative software, and other solutions to help transform healthcare? One way is to encourage different industry specialists to work together, guided by expert mentoring, to get an integrated team all the way to successful product development. The Health Cell is providing exactly this jump-start with its HealthTech Boot Camp May 11 to 13, 2018. The three-day weekend event to be hosted at Geekdom is designed to help those early-stage companies focused on disrupting the healthcare industry by leveraging cloud-based technology applications. To register, fill out The Health Cell application form here by May 1, 2018. The cost for the weekend workshop is $150 and $75 for students to cover the costs of all ...
FunnelAI ‘s Artificial Intelligence Finds Real-time Customer Leads in Social Media
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FunnelAI ‘s Artificial Intelligence Finds Real-time Customer Leads in Social Media

The best artificial intelligence (AI) systems extract insights from extremely large datasets. What if AI could tell a company which customers were ready to buy specific services or products, searching across all social data, including social media posts, regardless of platform or forum? Co-founder Sridhar Kamma created the first automated sales funnel company to use AI. FunnelAI provides companies targeted data on potential customers who post about their readiness to buy certain products or services, down to their ZIP code. FunnelAI’s algorithm can sort through millions of social data posts daily, generating sales leads for many different types of companies. Kamma, who is a mechanical engineer and data scientist, found himself looking online for prospects when working on his prior st...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of March 12, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of March 12, 2018

Matthew Espinoza, co-founder of SABusinessCalendar.com, provides a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. On average, 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. Challenge 5 Session- Venture Challenge: Presented by Launch San Antonio You will learn what you need to know to effectively communicate your idea to possible investors and put your best foot forward as you market your product or service to your customers. Date and Time: March 13, 2018, starts at 9:30 am. Find more details here. Transition...
IPSecure Receives San Antonio Incentives for Business Expansion
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IPSecure Receives San Antonio Incentives for Business Expansion

The San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to approve an incentive package for San Antonio information technology firm IPSecure. The company will receive an Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF) Grant of $420,000 based on a capital investment of approximately $1.3 million, the creation of at least 80 new high-wage full-time jobs, and the retention of 115 full-time jobs. IPSecure provides a broad range of cybersecurity and other information technology services to government and private-sector companies worldwide with most of its work in cybersecurity. The San Antonio company initially focused on Defense Department telecommunications security but has since grown to include testing of computer networks to secure them from external and internal threats. The company plans to expand ...