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Easy Expunctions Seals Deal with Goodwill, Lands $1.6M in Funding
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Easy Expunctions Seals Deal with Goodwill, Lands $1.6M in Funding

Easy Expunctions, a software as a service (SaaS) company that expedites the clearing of criminal records for certain minor offenses, has signed a deal with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. The startup has also raised nearly $1.6 million from 18 equity investors, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. There is a total of $2.2 million in the expected funding round. The San Antonio-based startup has recently formalized a partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for its internal use of Easy Expunctions software. "We built them a custom portal that they [Goodwill] can use so their agents can internally run intelligent background checks on the clients they serve,"  Easy Expunctions CEO Yousef Kassim said. "Goodwill provides workforce counsel...
Demand Driving Growth in San Antonio Robotics Community
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Demand Driving Growth in San Antonio Robotics Community

Over 75 people crowded into a meeting space Thursday at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT). The big draw was robotics at the inaugural meeting of the new SATX Robotix meetup group. Its mission is to organize and grow San Antonio’s robotics community to meet the anticipated demand for specialized expertise. Shaun Edwards and Paul Hvass are two former Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) engineers and current co-founders of Plus One Robotics. The duo, with help from others in the robotics community, organized the first SATX Robotix Meetup at SAMSAT. Edwards explained the goal for the group was “to establish San Antonio as a significant and quality contributor to ROS.” ROS—short for robot operating system, is open-source software used as the operating system of a r...
San Antonio Startup Plus One Robotics Raises $8.3M
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San Antonio Startup Plus One Robotics Raises $8.3M

A San Antonio startup has raised $8.3 million in funding, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing last week. The industry leader in robot perception technology, Plus One Robotics, Inc., received the investment from an undisclosed source. “We did file the Form D with the SEC earlier this week, which only tells the world that we raised over $8 million,” Plus One Robotics chief executive officer (CEO) Erik Nieves said Friday afternoon. “What is important is the launch of our new technology and the partnerships it took to build it.” Plus One Robotics has partnered with leaders in robot manufacturing, system integration, and e-commerce to develop the PickOne Perception system for the order fulfillment and parcel shipping sector. The startup launched the new system i...
San Antonio Announces Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan
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San Antonio Announces Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan

The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation (SAEDC) released its San Antonio Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan Tuesday. The plan maps out ways to create entrepreneurial opportunities by leveraging a new formal alliance among the defense, educational, and private entities in San Antonio. This new alliance will draw upon San Antonio's significant military medical research industry to create life science companies, jobs, and mutual partnerships. San Antonio has several leading military medical research missions including the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), the Navy Medical Research Unit San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), and the Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing. Along with experts working in local private medical and academic research...
Rapamycin Holdings Treats First Humans in eRapa Clinical Trial
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Rapamycin Holdings Treats First Humans in eRapa Clinical Trial

Rapamycin Holdings, Inc. (RHI), a privately-held drug development company, has started treating human patients with its proprietary formulation of a ground-breaking cancer prevention drug. The San Antonio-based company is commercializing eRapa, a novel reformulation of the generic drug Rapamycin. This first human Phase 1b clinical trial of eRapa will treat men with early-stage prostate cancer. Twelve to 24 qualified patients are in the first human trials to establish safety and the optimal dose of eRapa. Michael Liss, M.D., a urologic oncologist at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, is leading the clinical trial at the center where the Phase 1b study is being conducted. The cancer center has a long history of testing cancer breakthrough therapies in their early-phase cance...
Filestack Builds Enterprise Platform with Acquisition of TINT
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Filestack Builds Enterprise Platform with Acquisition of TINT

Filestack announced Tuesday it acquired TINT, a user-generated content platform, for an undisclosed amount. TINT is a social media marketing platform that connects brands and customers into one social hub. Their social media content display tool helps businesses find and curate user-generated content to drive a high level of engagement with their customers. Filestack was founded in 2012 by MIT graduates and acquired in late 2015 by Scaleworks, a San Antonio-based venture equity fund that acquires and operates business-to-business (B2B) software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. The startup’s file hosting and management service helps about 100,000 app developers manage the flow of user-uploaded online content, such as images, videos, and other files. The University of Southern California...
Startup Companies DC Industries and Ractive Develop Cybersecurity VR Training
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Startup Companies DC Industries and Ractive Develop Cybersecurity VR Training

Cybersecurity training provider DC Industries is incorporating virtual reality (VR)-based scenarios from Ractive, a Geekdom-based startup, into their training programs. The two San Antonio startups have been collaborating on developing customized cybersecurity VR training over the past two months. DCI will launch its new VR cybersecurity training with the Threat Actor Targeting and Exploitation – Cyber Espionage course scheduled to start Sept. 24 and again Dec. 10. The Cyber Incident Response VR class will begin Jan. 14, 2019. DCI’s full training schedule is online. Based at Port San Antonio, DCI provides targeted training for veterans transitioning into a cybersecurity career and plans to incorporate virtual reality into every technical training course in its curriculum, DCI founder...
Startups Share Experiences: Inside the RealCo Accelerator Program
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Startups Share Experiences: Inside the RealCo Accelerator Program

Startups San Antonio continues its series of stories about significant startup programs based in San Antonio. You can read our story on Geekdom’s pre-accelerator program and the CivTechSA program for startups. Today, we’re sharing an inside look into the RealCo long-term accelerator program. If you have launched a startup but could benefit from guidance and help with funding, there is an accelerator program open to companies regardless of location. The RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program provides early-stage funding, mentorship, and networking resources for business-to-business (B2B) technology startup companies. Operating inside Geekdom’s co-working space in San Antonio’s downtown tech district, the program provides a $100,000 investment to companies accepted into the 15-month progra...
BioMed SA Recognizes PTSD Researcher for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience
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BioMed SA Recognizes PTSD Researcher for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience

Combat veterans suffering from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks did not have treatments tailored for the trauma they experienced because such treatment did not exist at the time. A former U.S. Air Force psychologist now based in San Antonio led efforts to develop customized PTSD treatment for combat veterans and will be recognized for his innovative work Thursday evening. BioMed SA has selected Dr. Alan Peterson as the 2018 recipient of its Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience. BioMed SA, an advocacy organization promoting San Antonio’s bioscience industry, recognizes innovators annually who have put novel ideas into action with transformational results. Peterson will receive the award Sept. 13 at the Vistas at Valero. ...
Alamo Angels Names Cat Dizon as Its New Executive Director
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Alamo Angels Names Cat Dizon as Its New Executive Director

San Antonio-based Alamo Angels, a group that invests in startups, announced Cat Dizon would assume the executive director role effective immediately, founding executive director Chris Burney said at an Alamo Angels pitch event Wednesday evening. Dizon has over 20 years of operations experience, 11 of which was at Rackspace where she was the director of corporate strategy and development leading in mergers and acquisitions, cloud business operations, staff operations, and customer support.  Before joining Alamo Angels, Dizon was the chief operating officer and partner at Active Capital, a venture firm based in San Antonio focused on leading seed rounds for business-to-business software as a service (SaaS) companies. She plans to continue at Active Capital as a part-time venture partn...