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7 Tips on How to Win Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Grants
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7 Tips on How to Win Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Grants

Scientists are always looking for ways to fund their research. But what if you want to translate discoveries into a viable product or service for the marketplace? Read Part 1 on what you should know about non-diluting federal SBIR and STTR funding to learn about tapping into the Federal Government's "America's seed fund" of early-stage funding. If you are ready to prepare a winning proposal to win funding for your research, read the seven tips we collected from experts and successful researchers who have earned a Small Business Innovation Research Program, or SBIR grant, or an STTR or Small Business Technology Transfer grant. Design your R&D approach with commercialization in mind. StemBioSys senior researcher Travis Block has won two SBIR grants, one to fund work at StemBioSys, t...
What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding
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What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding

Scientists are always looking for ways to fund their research. But what if you want to translate discoveries into a viable product or service for the marketplace? Successfully tapping into the Federal Government's "America's seed fund" of early-stage funding can make or break commercialization efforts, especially since you don't have to give up equity in exchange. Researchers should familiarize themselves with the $2.5 billion annual set aside for the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program, also known as SBIR, and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or STTR. These two initiatives are the largest source of federally-funded early-stage, high-risk funding for startup companies. Designed to meet specific needs for federal government research and development (R&D), S...
Mind Science Foundation Expert Reveals the Science Behind the Teen Brain
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Mind Science Foundation Expert Reveals the Science Behind the Teen Brain

Why do teenagers make bad choices? If you have ever parented, taught, or mentored teenagers, you may have wondered why their thought processes can be so different from adults. The reasons stem from how the adolescent brain develops. The Mind Science Foundation has asked Abigail Baird, professor of psychological science on the Arnhold Family Chair at Vassar College to discuss the teenaged brain and its neurological growth spurt in adolescence that shapes how we process and consolidate our life experiences. She will speak May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Pearl Stable; tickets are available here. Baird’s research focuses on the biological basis of adolescent brain development and how it shapes behavior. Her work examines how social, emotional, cognitive, and brain-based factors drive how ado...
Clean Energy Generator and Two Biomedical Devices Declared Winners at UTSA CITE Competition
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Clean Energy Generator and Two Biomedical Devices Declared Winners at UTSA CITE Competition

A clean energy generator, a video-aided laryngoscope, and a cooling prosthetic socket caught the attention of judges at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) venture competition Tuesday. EnVault, the student team that created a zero-emissions portable generator, won the top prize at UTSA's $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition. UTSA's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) hosts the annual competition to give students hands-on experience as early-stage entrepreneurs. CITE is an interdisciplinary center in UTSA's Colleges of Business and Engineering formed in 2007 to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and the surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures.  The top three teams will have access to a prize pool of more t...
Cliently Scores $1M Seed Round from Active Capital, Moves to San Antonio
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Cliently Scores $1M Seed Round from Active Capital, Moves to San Antonio

One San Antonio-based venture capital firm is living up to its name, investing actively in promising business to business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) startups which in this case, has lead to a promising company relocating to San Antonio. Cliently announced Tuesday its $1M million seed funding round led by Active Capital with participation from the Altair Capital Management company based in Tel Aviv, Israel. This most recent round is Cliently’s largest to date, having raised $500,000 previously. Active Capital’s investments include software businesses across the U.S. led by founders offering B2B services such as cloud computing, sales generation, and accounting technology Cliently chief executive officer (CEO) Spencer Farber launched the company to provide businesses an automat...
The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Investors from Funding Your Startup
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The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Investors from Funding Your Startup

Guest writer Joshua Lawton-Belous is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and an adviser at Newchip. You can follow him on Twitter @alertingmainst and connect with him on LinkedIn. Going after venture capitalists to invest in your company is a lot like dating. Get enough rejections and you’ll start questioning, “what’s wrong with them?” Unfortunately, the question everyone should ask instead is, “What’s wrong with me?” There are times when investors just do not understand what you are trying to do. These types of investors are never going to get what you are trying to do. The dirty secret is most investors don’t care what you are trying to do. They care about making money, their portfolio returns, and how those returns are going to impact their ability to raise additional fu...
Internships for High School Students Teach Valuable Skills
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Internships for High School Students Teach Valuable Skills

Guest writer and senior Karina Montez interviewed San Antonio’s International School of the Americas students about lessons learned from their internship experiences. College students are popular sources of temporary help for local businesses. Younger high school interns may pose some challenges for employers, but with preparation, the experience can yield benefits for students and employers alike. We interviewed students from San Antonio’s International School of the Americas to ask about what they learned from their internship experiences so that students, parents, and employers alike can understand what high school seniors can learn from internships. Nathan Alejandro, an 18-year-old senior, landed an internship with Elevate Systems, a reverse mechanical engineering company....
UTSA Startup Grind to Feature Active Capital and FunnelAI
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UTSA Startup Grind to Feature Active Capital and FunnelAI

Startup Grind UTSA will host its fireside chat April 24 at 6:30 p.m. with guest speakers Cat Dizon, co-founder and partner at venture capital firm Active Capital talking with the co-founders of artificial intelligence (AI) startup FunnelAI, Sridhar Kamma and Sujatha Kamma. The event takes place at the university’s College of Business. Register for a free ticket here. FunnelAI announced March 27 that it received a $1.5 million seed round led by the San Antonio based venture capital firm Active Capital. The investment included funding from the Geekdom Fund, Europe-based retail and consumer investor True, and angel investors from San Antonio and Houston. Read more: Active Capital-Led $1.5M Funding, Workforce Grant Fuels Growth for FunnelAI Sridhar Kamma created the first automated sa...
UTSA Startup Leaptran Wins Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation
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UTSA Startup Leaptran Wins Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation

Leaptran, a San Antonio startup spun out of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has garnered the international Smart 50 Award for its energy monitoring and control system for buildings. The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect (SCC), the Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize the world’s top 50 most transformative smart cities projects each year. San Antonio is the only city on the list of 50 awardees with two projects that were awarded this distinction. The other is Cityflag, which won the award for its 311SA community engagement application developed for the City of San Antonio. Read more: San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag Leaptran chief executive officer Jeff Xu accepted the award this month at the...
Newchip Launches Equity-Free Online Accelerator Program
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Newchip Launches Equity-Free Online Accelerator Program

Newchip, the Austin-based web and mobile investment platform that connects startups to investors, has launched a new accelerator program that does not require a share of a startup's equity to participate. This program is available for San Antonio-based entrepreneurs because participation in the accelerator is completely online. The program offers a ten-week curriculum with training, one-on-one mentor sessions, and live classes that help founders learn how to raise investment capital from angel investors, venture capitalists, and via crowdfunding. Participation typically takes about three to four hours each week with the rest of the program to be completed at the founder's pace. Admissions are on a rolling basis; application information can be found here. The first accelerator coho...