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Port San Antonio is building a vertiport, here’s why
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Port San Antonio is building a vertiport, here’s why

Electric vertical take-off and landing or eVTOL vehicles could be the next frontier in urban transportation. That’s the bet Port San Antonio is making in building a new aviation center for eVTOL vehicles on its expansive campus.Since San Antonio’s Kelly Air Force base closed in 2001, Bexar County’s largest commercial real estate property has been steadily redeveloped into an innovation hub. Port San Antonio is now slated to be the home of one of the first vertiport facilities in the U.S., Port CEO Jim Perschbach revealed earlier this year.The vertiport infrastructure would support the electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft to move people from point to point, place to place, all on-demand, Perschbach told Startups San Antonio. Building the eVTOL transportation platform also...
VelocityTX to Build Lab Spaces for Biomedical Startups
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VelocityTX to Build Lab Spaces for Biomedical Startups

Biomedical professionals aspiring to develop a new medical device or biotech innovation will soon have access to a resource critical for early-stage bioscience product development. A new research and development-focused laboratory space named Co-Labs broke ground Friday morning in San Antonio’s Eastside.The Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF) and its nonprofit subsidiary VelocityTX have been working with community leaders to plan, develop, and supply Co-Labs with the right resources to support aspiring biomedical entrepreneurs and researchers.The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration awarded $4 million in federal funding to TRTF for constructing and operating six fully-equipped bioscience laboratories. The 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art l...
TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas
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TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas

Early-stage tech startups across Texas can apply to TechFuel, San Antonio’s largest cash prize pitch competition. For the fifth time, Bexar County is teaming up with Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit, on the non-dilutive, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition.The competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. To apply, eligible companies must have a product or service that is live and on the market, have received less than $1 million in outside funding, produce less than $1.5 million in revenue, and intend to grow their companies primarily in Bexar County.Early-stage companies with an innovative technology-based business, including biotechnology, ...
VelocityTX Admits 4 Companies into its 2022 BioGlobal Accelerator
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VelocityTX Admits 4 Companies into its 2022 BioGlobal Accelerator

The innovation hub on San Antonio’s Eastside has announced four bioscience companies for its 2022 accelerator program.VelocityTX supports the development of early-stage life science and technology companies in San Antonio. Launched in 2020, Velocity’s BioGlobal Accelerator is designed to help local, national, and international companies with innovative, scalable business ideas accelerate the launch of their business.The accelerator is the first and only program in San Antonio specializing in early-stage companies focusing on medical devices, biotech, and healthcare IT.Read: VelocityTX Launches Bioscience Accelerator Program, Co-Working SpaceThe six-week, in-person program helps founders grow and scale bioscience ventures through educational sessions, mentorship, and financi...
Hera Biotech closes $1.9M seed funding for endometriosis diagnostics
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Hera Biotech closes $1.9M seed funding for endometriosis diagnostics

The San Antonio-based biotechnology startup Hera Biotech has closed an oversubscribed $1.9 million seed financing round that will help the company bring the world's first non-surgical diagnostic test for endometriosis to market. The seed funding will go to completing the in-patient human clinical study for their test called MetriD. Funding will also help Hera expand its intellectual property (IP) portfolio and finalize the new diagnostic's regulatory pathway with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The seed round was fueled mostly by individual female supporters and investment firms Coyote Ventures, Stella Angels, Althea Group Ventures, and the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute. “The Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (KS WELI) at The U...
Two Six Technologies Opens New Office at Port San Antonio
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Two Six Technologies Opens New Office at Port San Antonio

Two Six Technologies, a fast-growing technology company specializing in products and expertise for the U.S. national security sector, is opening a new office at Port San Antonio. The Arlington, VA-based company will join other locally-launched and enterprise-level businesses based at the Port working in aerospace, cybersecurity, robotics, defense, and space exploration.Over 5,000 new jobs have been created at the Port in the past four years. The innovation-focused campus is now home to more than 80 employers and nearly 16,000 workers. San Antonio is home to one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing concentrations of cybersecurity experts, making it the nation’s second-largest cybersecurity cluster. Port San Antonio has about 2,000 cybersecurity professionals working on its campus....
Geekdom Incubator Program Helps Founders Launch Startups
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Geekdom Incubator Program Helps Founders Launch Startups

When you look closely at a city’s startup ecosystem, you’ll find companies at different developmental stages. However, to have the good news of a startup’s acquisition success like Promoter.io, Intrinsic Imaging,  or Parlevel, an ecosystem needs resources to support first-time entrepreneurs incubating an idea into a successful business.That’s where Geekdom comes in. The downtown-based startup community offers programming to support aspiring entrepreneurs. Its incubator program teaches first-time founders how to fine-tune startup ideas, create a working business model, and work toward gaining traction with customers.Geekdom offers multiple programs, including its incubator and a pre-accelerator for startups. Since June 4, the 10 startups have met every Saturday for mentoring, worksh...
Allosense joins National Security Innovation Network Propel Program
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Allosense joins National Security Innovation Network Propel Program

Allosense, a technology startup specializing in advanced sensors and measurement solutions, is one of 16 startups chosen for the highly selective National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Propel Program. The accelerator program supports startups developing emerging technologies the U.S. federal government urgently needs for national defense and space exploration.NSIN Propel is run in partnership with the National Security Innovation Network, Decisive Point, an investment and advisory firm investing in emerging technologies for security, health, energy, and critical infrastructure, and Newlab, a technology accelerator for defense-focused startups located in New York City’s Brooklyn Navy yard.The four-month accelerator program will provide Allosense product development resources, ...
Austin-based Capital Factory connects San Antonio startups to U.S. military
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Austin-based Capital Factory connects San Antonio startups to U.S. military

Texas has become a destination for many entrepreneurs and companies interested in bringing new capabilities and technologies to a market with an economy ranking tenth globally. Founder and CEO Joshua Baer and his team at Capital Factory, an Austin-based accelerator and venture capital firm focused on entrepreneurs based in Texas, are bullish on the state's potential. Baer eagerly tells people how Texas is the most promising technology market in the United States. Capital Factory's strategy to expand its presence across Texas is detailed in its Texas Startup Manifesto. "By connecting Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and the rest of the state into a Texas Startup Megatropolis, we can unlock billions of dollars in capital and unleash thousands of diverse entrepreneurs," Baer writes. ...
gener8tor launches new security tech accelerator for cybersecurity startups
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gener8tor launches new security tech accelerator for cybersecurity startups

Gener8tor, a decade-old startup accelerator focused on underserved founders across the U.S., is setting its sights on recruiting security tech-focused startups for its newest cybersecurity accelerator program.Geekdom, a downtown San Antonio coworking community, has partnered with gener8tor to oversee the new startup program. After meeting with over 30 local stakeholders about San Antonio's needs for a new accelerator, Geekdom CEO Charles Woodin said consensus pointed to launching a new program that would be "vertical-specific." The gener8tor program will use spaces on the eighth floor of the Rand Building where Geekdom is located.Read: Geekdom Will Launch New Cybersecurity Accelerator In 2022A member of the Global Accelerator Network, the Madison, Wisconsin-based nationally-ran...