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Atmospheric Water Generation Tech To Debut At Port San Antonio
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Atmospheric Water Generation Tech To Debut At Port San Antonio

On track to open in spring 2022, Port San Antonio's forthcoming innovation center is already attracting promising advanced technologies to the Alamo City. The Port will be the first to acquire an atmospheric water generation (AWG) system from Genesis Systems, a developer of industrial technology that sustainably generates water. AWG technology produces potable water from the surrounding air by extracting water vapor from ambient air via condensation, rendering the water drinkable in the process. Each Genesis unit is about the size of a shipping container and can be moved easily by rail, truck, or cargo aircraft, converting moisture in the air into more than a thousand gallons of potable water daily.Genesis Systems will install a unit to supply water for the outdoor area at the Port's ...
Robotic Prosthetics Startup Alt-Bionics Raises $283K Seed Funding
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Robotic Prosthetics Startup Alt-Bionics Raises $283K Seed Funding

Alt-Bionics founder Ryan Saavedra announced Friday he had raised $283,000 in seed round funding. The investment will get Alt-Bionics closer to its goal of helping those seeking an affordable robotic hand.The amount raised came from angel investments, friends and family, city investment, and venture capital, Saavedra said. The City of San Antonio invested $50,000 from its SAMMI Fund to support medical military innovation, while the Alamo Angels contributed $25,000. Alt-Bionics is also participating in the San Antonio-based VelocityTx BioGlobal Accelerator and has received a $37,000 investment from the program. Alt-Bionics' first investment was $50,000 from participating in the Norfolk State University Innovation Center (NSUIC) incubator program in 2020. The University of Tex...
Legal Tech Startup Creates Platform for Virtual, Hybrid Court Hearings
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Legal Tech Startup Creates Platform for Virtual, Hybrid Court Hearings

As COVID-19 infections surge in Bexar County, the judge again suspended jury service in early August, despite a backlog of 2020 cases.One San Antonio startup is looking to modernize the technology used in court hearings, capabilities that have changed little since Charles Dickens worked as a court stenographer in London in the early 19th century.BEINCOURT is an end-to-end software and technology platform that supports simultaneous interpretation in the courtroom. Founder and president Sean Nelson, with a long history of working on technology infrastructure, recognized even before the pandemic how courts needed more robust virtual capabilities for those who cannot attend a hearing. "We understood back in 2017 that there is a way to bring remote interpretation into the live cour...
Texas Biomed Levels Playing Field for Female Scientists
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Texas Biomed Levels Playing Field for Female Scientists

The Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed), a global leader in infectious disease research, is taking concrete steps to level the uneven playing field for female scientists.Research has shown that diverse work teams lead to more impactful scientific studies. Yet, only one in three researchers in the world is a woman, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Add in the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on female scientists that have undone gender-equity gains from the past few decades, and it's clear there's still work to be done to ensure a level playing field for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research.The 2020 documentary “Picture a Scientist” depicted the "leaky pipeline" or significant drop in women holding post-doctoral research ...
New Dominion Enterprises Wins Air Force Phase 2 SBIR Funding for Energy Innovation
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New Dominion Enterprises Wins Air Force Phase 2 SBIR Funding for Energy Innovation

A San Antonio startup producing additives to make batteries safer and longer-lasting has gotten Air Force funding to improve the performance of military tactical radios.New Dominion Enterprises, Inc. (NDE), an energy technology company, won an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 $750,000 contract in July for its battery additive innovation. The company won a Phase 1 $50,000 award in February in a highly competitive submission process. The Air Force Special Warfare program office, which oversees commands that use tactical radios, has signed a memorandum of understanding with New Dominion. Some of the military’s most difficult missions are carried out by specialists who operate in remote, often hostile areas.Acting as a one-person attachment to other spec...
Cyber Warrior Network Creates Cyber Esports League to Fill Jobs
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Cyber Warrior Network Creates Cyber Esports League to Fill Jobs

A new cyber esports league will be hosting the Cyber Esports Tournament at this year's DEF CON, thanks to a startup founder with a vision for closing the cybersecurity workforce gap.Players in the world's first cyber warfare esports league will validate their cybersecurity skills and get matched to fill real-world cybersecurity jobs at the annual DEF CON, a hacker convention that starts this year on August 5, immediately following Black Hat in Las Vegas. Players finishing in first place will win $1,000. To register, click here.U.S. Air Force veteran Nigel LeBlanc launched Cyber Warrior Network (CWN) in 2015 after he realized transitioning military members needed help connecting with civilian employers looking for cyber experts. LeBlanc and his startup team created the highl...
Uber, Virgin Galactic Founders Invest in Advanced Tech Startup Allosense
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Uber, Virgin Galactic Founders Invest in Advanced Tech Startup Allosense

Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson have invested an undisclosed pre-seed funding amount in the advanced technology startup Allosense."Their investment put us as oversubscribed on our pre-seed round," said founder and CEO Roman Sandoval. "The backing from world-class investors via Garrett Camp’s Expa Ventures sets us up for aggressive growth.”As part of the investment, the San Antonio-based company also joined the Expa Accelerator, a pre-seed program created by Camp to support startups during the earliest stages of company building. With a program acceptance rate of less than 1%, Allosense was one of three companies selected globally this year.“We understand what it takes to build a scalable company and we’re taking a hands-on approach to t...
Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program Mentors New-Member Startups
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Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program Mentors New-Member Startups

Geekdom, a downtown San Antonio co-working community, is seeing the changing demographics of people launching companies since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020.In its fourth year, the six-week pre-accelerator program started working with six early-stage companies in early June. Five out of six are helmed by new Geekdom members who have joined over the past year. Two companies got their start during Geekdom's first-ever virtual Startup Weekend held in December of 2020. Four of the six companies are run by female founders.The free Geekdom Pre-Accelerator program held once a year helps prepare local startups for accelerator applications or early-stage investment. Area tech leaders and investors mentor the teams, who also attend weekly workshops and practice in pitch session...
How EPIcenter, Geekdom, and Venture for America Startup Programs Adapted to the Pandemic
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How EPIcenter, Geekdom, and Venture for America Startup Programs Adapted to the Pandemic

Launching a startup is exciting but risky to pursue, even in the best of times. Throw in a pandemic that's still impacting how we connect, collaborate, and innovate, and you've got plenty of challenges to navigate, especially for those stakeholders helping founders build and scale their young companies.We spoke with EPIcenter, Geekdom, and Venture for America San Antonio (VFA), three startup programs in San Antonio, Texas, to learn how they're adapting their entrepreneurship programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. EPIcenter The energy innovation nonprofit organization supports founders developing groundbreaking commercially viable technologies and energy infrastructure services. Chief of the EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA) Andi Littlejohn said that since its launch i...
Smart Pill Bottle Startup PatchRx Raises $1.2M Seed Funding, Relocates to Oklahoma
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Smart Pill Bottle Startup PatchRx Raises $1.2M Seed Funding, Relocates to Oklahoma

PatchRx, a startup that combines hardware and software for improved patient adherence to taking medication, has raised $1.2 million in a seed funding round led by Atento Capital, with participation from Cortado Ventures and the Gaingels Network.The company, founded by Andrew Aertker and Gavin Buchanan while they were students at Trinity University in San Antonio, also announced the relocation of its operations to Tulsa, OK. The startup has 10 employees, according to LinkedIn.PatchRx has raised a total of $1.6M in funding over two rounds from the Tulsa-based lead investor Atento Capital for their medication management platform. According to Atento's website, they "look for exceptional entrepreneurs addressing large markets ... Being based in Tulsa is not a requirement for direct...