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Project QUEST Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program First in Texas
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Project QUEST Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program First in Texas

Project QUEST, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that matches San Antonio-area residents to career-track training programs, launched the first cybersecurity apprenticeship program in Texas. A nationally registered apprenticeship with the U.S. Department of Labor, Project QUEST manages the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software San Antonio (CICESS-SA), an industry-led partnership with community colleges that combines education and apprenticeship to train applicants in secure software development. CICESS apprentices work with local employer partners for the hands-on experience using their newly acquired skills in secure coding to develop computer software in a way that guards against the accidental introduction of security vulnerabilities. The work-study pr...
EPIcenter Incubator, Accelerator Programs Help Startups Launch Clean Energy Innovations
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EPIcenter Incubator, Accelerator Programs Help Startups Launch Clean Energy Innovations

Startups San Antonio continues its series on significant San Antonio startup programs. You can read articles on Geekdom’s pre-accelerator program, the CivTechSA program for startups, and RealCo’s long-term accelerator program. San Antonio also has a pre-incubator, an incubator, and an accelerator program specifically designed for startups working on clean energy innovation. Read more about EPIcenter and its unique programs. Many may not know San Antonio ranked as the sixth highest U.S. city in solar energy capacity in 2017, according to the report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. “New energy” is focused on renewable or alternative clean energy sources or enhancements on current methods, a rapidly emerging industry that is one of sev...
City of San Antonio and Kinetech Cloud Launch New Utility Assistance Program Application
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City of San Antonio and Kinetech Cloud Launch New Utility Assistance Program Application

The City of San Antonio and its technology startup partner Kinetech Cloud launched a new online application for residents seeking emergency utility bill assistance Wednesday. The City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services (DHS) worked with Kinetech Cloud to develop the Emergency Utility Bill Assistance online application. It replaces the original paper-driven process of printing the paper application, photocopying supporting documentation such as a photo identification card, proof of income, and utility bill, and mailing the completed package or submitting it in person. City residents can now complete the application online, uploading documents via their smartphone or tablet’s built-in camera. Kinetech Cloud developed the utility rebate program application for the City to manage...
Flightpath Finance Closes $515K Seed Round, Wins $25K Geekdom Community Fund
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Flightpath Finance Closes $515K Seed Round, Wins $25K Geekdom Community Fund

Flightpath Finance, a financial modeling service for small to mid-sized technology companies, announced Tuesday their $515,000 seed round investment from a leading venture capital firm and angel investors. The Geekdom member startup also won the Geekdom Community Fund $25,000 award Friday. The company sells the Connected Financial Model, a financial modeling software as a service (SaaS) planning tool for businesses to track and forecast revenue, cash, and expenses. The platform integrates with the customer’s accounting and internal data sources to provide a financial dashboard that is always up-to-date. Active Capital, a San Antonio-based venture firm that leads seed rounds for founder-led, business-to-business (B2B) SaaS companies, led Flightpath Finance’s seed investment funding ro...
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...
From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub
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From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub

Jim Brazell is a high-technology start-up veteran who has worked for software and Internet companies locally since 1989. Brazell provides technology forecasts for the State of Texas, public policy reports including a book chapter featuring San Antonio cybersecurity, and writes essays on education and technology for national publications. Brazell presented on 'San Antonio, City of Innovation (1718-2018)' at CyberTexas 2018. Brazell shares his perspectives on how San Antonio can become recognized as a city of innovation. San Antonio is not well-known as a city of innovation, but it should be. In fact, in its November 2018 issue, Inc. Magazine argued the Alamo City has been a tech hotspot since 1985 when the U.S. Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission at Lackland Air For...
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...
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...
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...