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San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2019
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San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2019

In this inaugural compilation of companies to watch, we’ve highlighted 20 stories from Startups San Antonio’s first year of coverage to show the types of innovation one can find in San Antonio, Texas.You will discover entrepreneurs in bioscience and healthcare, cybersecurity, software as a service or SaaS, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, and startups working at the intersection of tech and social impact.These stories highlight groundbreaking approaches, powerful collaborations, and intriguing ideas that will shape the city’s startup ecosystem throughout 2019 and beyond. If you are interested in San Antonio’s community of innovators and want to know which companies to watch, you can start with our list below.These 20 companies are leveraging inn...
UTSA Startup Grind Chapter Launches with Lorenzo Gomez as Guest Speaker
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UTSA Startup Grind Chapter Launches with Lorenzo Gomez as Guest Speaker

There is a new Startup Grind chapter in San Antonio, only this time, it is launching on campus at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).Startup Grind UTSA will host its first event on February 20 at 7 p.m. at the university's College of Business. The chapter is planning a fireside chat with guest speaker Lorenzo Gomez, author, chief executive officer of newly formed Geekdom Media, and chairman of Geekdom, one of the largest co-working spaces in Texas. Gomez will discuss how "everyone needs a Jedi council—come learn how to find yours."You can register for the event here.Delano Covarrubias is a student in the College of Business, leads the UTSA Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), and directs the UTSA Startup Grind chapter. He and fellow UTSA student Jacob Reyes ...
VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development
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VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development

The San Antonio City Council approved a package of economic development incentives Thursday for the ambitious Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) project on San Antonio's Eastside.Robert McDermott founded TRTF in 1982 as an economic development nonprofit with an endowment fund for investing in early-stage companies. The $5.7 million incentive package is earmarked for the renovation of the empty complex of Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Company buildings on the 1300 block of East Houston Street, as well as for the construction of TRTF's new Velocity Center within the complex.The Velocity Center will house the new VelocityTX biomedical sciences innovation center.  The approved package included a $750,000 Chapter 380 agreement or economic development grant with the rest st...
The IMG Studio Shapes Visitor Experiences at Convention Center with AR-Enabled Platform
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The IMG Studio Shapes Visitor Experiences at Convention Center with AR-Enabled Platform

The ability to connect people to their environment is unfolding in new, innovative ways as mobile phones become the most commonly used device capable of augmented reality (AR) content. The Pokémon Go craze of 2016 exposed people to location-based mobile games with 3D fictional characters projected as an overlay on their environment using nothing more than the camera on their cellphones.That AR capability has now reached large-scale meetings, particularly ones held at convention centers. The IMG Studio is working with hospitality specialists The RK Group to develop a new application for the Henry. B. González Convention Center. This new technology can “set San Antonio part from other destinations by allowing meeting attendees to set their schedules, network with fellow attendees, and na...
Innovative Cybersecurity Services for National Security Drive Inflow’s Growth
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Innovative Cybersecurity Services for National Security Drive Inflow’s Growth

Classified project work often means cybersecurity companies in San Antonio keep a low profile. For one startup, providing innovative services to help solve emerging national security issues landed Inflow in third place on the San Antonio Business Journal’s list of fastest-growing companies for 2018. Inflow grew its revenue by 686 percent from 2015 to 2017 to a reported $3.2 million by supporting “three-letter agencies doing work classified Top Secret and above,” said Angel Crockett, chief executive officer of Inflow.Crockett founded the cybersecurity company to provide specialized expertise and services to the U.S. government. They have over 50 employees working at multiple locations worldwide on everything from cyber and intelligence to identity intelligence and specialized training. ...
BioAffinity Lung Cancer Diagnostic Test Gets Closer to Market with Canadian Patent
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BioAffinity Lung Cancer Diagnostic Test Gets Closer to Market with Canadian Patent

The San Antonio-based privately held biotech company bioAffinity Technologies announced Monday the Canadian Intellectual Property Office had awarded a patent for its proprietary CyPath© technology used in the early detection of cancer.The patent, titled “System and Method for Analyzing Samples Labeled with 5, 10, 15, 20 Tetrakis (4-Carboxyphenyl) Porphine (TCPP),” is bioAffinity’s third Canadian patent. bioAffinity’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio now consists of 51 awarded patents in 21 countries, with three additional patent applications filed in the U.S.The test is bioAffinity’s solution for the unusually high rate of false positives from computed tomography or CT scans used in early testing of suspected lung cancer. CyPath® Lung’s test uses flow cytometry and proprietary ...
UT Health SA Clinician-Entrepreneur Invents Next-Generation Airway Device
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UT Health SA Clinician-Entrepreneur Invents Next-Generation Airway Device

However easy it might look in movies or television shows, intubating or inserting a breathing tube into an unconscious person can be quite difficult, especially under stressful emergency conditions. When a patient is not breathing, every second counts until that person can receive oxygen again.San Antonio-based anesthesiologist and critical care physician Steven Venticinque, M.D., knows well the challenges in intubating patients both in the operating room and beyond. During his career in the U.S. Air Force, Venticinque led critical care air transport teams flying in Iraq and Afghanistan.Venticinque has been at UT Health San Antonio since 2007 and is a professor and interim chair of the anesthesiology department at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. He now car...
Active Capital Raises Over $21 Million Leading Seed Rounds for 20 B2B SaaS Startups
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Active Capital Raises Over $21 Million Leading Seed Rounds for 20 B2B SaaS Startups

In less than two years, venture capital firm Active Capital has raised over $21 million for 20 founder-led companies in the business-to-business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) market. The San Antonio-based firm’s portfolio has two companies operating in stealth mode, five startups from San Antonio including FunnelAI and Flightpath Finance, and five based in Austin, including Pingboard. The remaining companies are located in mostly metropolitan areas across the U.S.Read more: San Antonio Venture Firm Active Capital Leads Funding for PingboardPat Matthews is the founder of Active Capital, as well as an entrepreneur and an angel investor in more than 50 startup companies. He raised $21.5 million over the past 18 months so Active Capital could lead seed rounds for the founder-led B...
Intrinsic Imaging Radiologist Develops Artificial Intelligence Tool to Streamline Workloads
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Intrinsic Imaging Radiologist Develops Artificial Intelligence Tool to Streamline Workloads

Artificial intelligence (AI) was front and center at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show because of its capacity to influence every aspect of our lives. Now, AI’s reach is touching upon healthcare.Lance Reinsmith, M.D., is a radiologist with the South Texas Radiology Group and Intrinsic Imaging who is applying the power of AI to help those like him triage an overloaded system.Images obtained by MRI machines, CT scanners, and x-rays give clinicians the ability to look for signs of disease or injury in a patient. These digital images have so much data they take considerable time to review. That makes spotting the ones that require immediate attention from the more routine “normal” scans challenging for the radiologist with an ever-growing workload.“Most of us are operating at o...
‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth
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‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth

Ask any startup company founder and almost all will agree it's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting a new business. That was the tone at the eight annual Geekdom State of the Ecosystem update given Tuesday morning at the Geekdom Event Centre. David Heard, chief executive of Tech Bloc and chief marketing officer at SecureLogix and Port San Antonio's new vice president for cybersecurity development Will Garrett joined Geekdom chief executive David Garcia to assess the past year for San Antonio and its technology community.You can see a copy of Geekdom's 2018 impact report here.San Antonio's economic disparities continue to pose challenges for residents. Median household income for San Antonio was $56,774 in 2017, the latest figures available. Part of the mission in buildi...