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Mind Science Foundation Awards $60,000 at ‘BrainStorm’ Neuroscience Pitch Competition
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Mind Science Foundation Awards $60,000 at ‘BrainStorm’ Neuroscience Pitch Competition

Audience members at the Mind Science Foundation (MSF) pitch competition voted Tuesday evening to award the top prize of $30,000 to a neuroscientist researching resiliency in children raised in poverty.The research team of Laurie Cutting, Stephanie Del Tufo, and Tin Nguyen from Vanderbilt University will use the funding to answer why some children in underserved populations are resilient and how that resiliency can be reproduced to help more students.In its second year, the Foundation’s BrainStorm pitch competition connects neuroscience researchers directly to audience members who vote on supporting a researcher's proposed groundbreaking research. The $60,000 pot of prize money will help early-career researchers continue promising work in neuroscience, said MSF executive director Me...
New Precision Therapeutics Partnership to Highlight San Antonio’s Unique Bioscience Capabilities
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New Precision Therapeutics Partnership to Highlight San Antonio’s Unique Bioscience Capabilities

Tuesday's announcement of a new major collaborative initiative focused on San Antonio's unique strengths in precision therapeutics will help boost the city's biomedical capability for innovation in healthcare. The presidents of San Antonio’s four largest research institutions announced Tuesday they are collectively funding the new nonprofit San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics or SAPPT with $800,000 from UT Health San Antonio, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed), The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). This groundbreaking initiative will fund researchers working collaboratively across the four institutions, serving as a model for interdisciplinary development of breakthrough therapies customized for each pa...
SendSpark Closes $300,000 Pre-Seed Round Led by Active Capital
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SendSpark Closes $300,000 Pre-Seed Round Led by Active Capital

San Antonio-based Sendspark, a startup launching a new kind of video outreach platform, announced Tuesday it closed a $300,000 pre-seed funding round led by Active Capital.Serial entrepreneur Pat Matthews founded Active Capital, a San Antonio-headquartered venture firm that invests in early-stage business to business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) companies across the U.S. Other participants in the investment included entrepreneurial fellowship program Venture for America. Sendspark is a video outreach platform for businesses to record and send personalized videos via email to buyers. Users can use the Sendspark platform to record videos from a browser, customize video landing pages, share videos either through email or a public URL, and track analytics.Sendspark founders B...
Dura Software Secures $10M Series A Round to Fund Expansion
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Dura Software Secures $10M Series A Round to Fund Expansion

Dura Software, a holding company specializing in “hyper-niche” software products, announced the close of its $10 million round of investment financing Friday. The Series A round was oversubscribed and is the largest tech equity raise in San Antonio to date for 2019, according to a company statement.The San Antonio-based holding company launched in June 2018 as Dura Holdings when it had acquired Moki Mobility Inc., which provides cloud-based software for managing large numbers of mobile devices. Founded by Paul Salisbury, Dura's CEO, and San Antonio entrepreneur Michael Girdley, executive chairman, the duo decided to change the holding firm's name earlier in 2019 to reflect its focus on acquiring and operating niche software companies.Read more: Dura Holdings Launches with First Acq...
San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology Centerpiece of Port San Antonio Innovation Hub
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San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology Centerpiece of Port San Antonio Innovation Hub

San Antonio is home to a world-class collection of historic science and technology artifacts housed in an early-stage museum that is the centerpiece of Port San Antonio's planned innovation center. Conceived as a hub for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovators and entrepreneurs to work alongside industry partners, the Port’s innovation center will also include the expanded new home for the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT).That larger space will accommodate the growing mission of the nonprofit museum, which in late September merged with SASTEMIC, operator of the Geekbus and longtime provider of STEM programming and educational services.“Together, we are a larger, stronger and more diverse organization, carrying all our staff and services for...
Largest State FIRST Robotics Competition Comes to San Antonio in 2020
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Largest State FIRST Robotics Competition Comes to San Antonio in 2020

Hundreds of high school students from Texas and New Mexico will converge at San Antonio's Alamadome April 2 to April 4, 2020 to compete in the state's Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or FIRST Robotics Competition, the largest robotics competition in Texas.The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded the FIRST In Texas Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosts the robotics competitions,  a $1,000,000 grant Tuesday to support student-led FIRST robotics teams across the state. Funding targets Texas schools with the highest percentage of underserved and underrepresented students to help create competitive robotics teams.“TWC is proud to join FIRST in Texas in providing a setting where extraordinary students can get hands-on experience in STE...
3 Ways to Kill a Startup
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3 Ways to Kill a Startup

Bringing something to life is hard. Ending it is easy. It's almost surprising how easy it can be to kill a startup.Each year, ambitious entrepreneurs start new businesses. Yet, small business statistics often show that half will go under by the end of their first four years in operation.In Newchip’s accelerator, I get to work with entrepreneurs in many verticals and with different business models. Some are cash flow positive. Some are funded. Some we have helped get funding.While the successful startups with whom we have worked have a multitude of reasons for being successful, all the failed startups committed the same mistakes.In the startup life, it doesn’t take a continuous calamity of errors to end your dream and business, it only takes you doing these three things. Yo...
Codeup Opens Second Tech Accelerator Campus in Downtown Dallas
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Codeup Opens Second Tech Accelerator Campus in Downtown Dallas

It's official —  Codeup, a tech career boot camp accelerator based in San Antonio has signed a lease on its new campus location in downtown Dallas two blocks from John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza at 701 Commerce Street.Michael Girdley, Jason Straughan, and Chris Turner opened Codeup in 2013, offering its 20-week coding boot camp-style workforce development program for aspiring software developers. Since launching, the company has grown from its roots as a boot camp into a local institution focused on meeting demand for talent in San Antonio’s growing technology ecosystem."We have refined our curriculum, built our team, expanded our partnership network, and built a brand people can trust," Jason Straughan, Codeup CEO wrote in a company blog post Friday. "Many of our competitors have c...
Greycroft and LiveOak Venture Partners Lead $3M Seed Funding Round for CyberFortress
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Greycroft and LiveOak Venture Partners Lead $3M Seed Funding Round for CyberFortress

Chief executive Huw Edwards announced Wednesday CyberFortress had closed a $3 million seed funding round co-led by New York-based private equity firm Greycroft and Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners.Monte Tulum Capital, which had invested in CyberFortress’s pre-seed round, is also participating in the latest funding. Porthcawl Holdings, Jungle Disk’s parent company, provided pre-seed financing in 2018.The San Antonio-based insurtech (insurance technology) startup will use the $3 million investment to accelerate its product launch in Texas in early 2020, Edwards said.Launched in 2018 by former Rackspace employees Huw Edwards and Michael DeFelice, the San Antonio-based startup offers tailored insurance policies to protect small- to medium-sized e-commerce companies from cyber...
San Antonio Business Leader Catherine Burzik Wins Lifetime Achievement Award For Contributions to Medical Tech Industry
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San Antonio Business Leader Catherine Burzik Wins Lifetime Achievement Award For Contributions to Medical Tech Industry

San Antonio business leader and entrepreneur Catherine ("Cathy") M. Burzik will receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) for her many contributions to the medical technology industry. Burzik will receive the award, the highest honor given to someone who has worked in the medical device industry, during the MedTech Conference in Boston September 25. Catherine Burzik is a seasoned senior executive and has successfully led life sciences companies. Those receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award stand out in leadership, innovation, discovery, commercialization, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, venture capital and capital formation, as well as sustained contributions to the medical technology industry. She continues to play major roles in...