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Scaleworks Company Chargify Debuts New Subscription Billing Service
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Scaleworks Company Chargify Debuts New Subscription Billing Service

The payment management service company Chargify has launched a new tool for billing management.  Called WhoPays, Chargify developed this to address a common pain point for subscription-based businesses looking to manage subscriber payments on an enterprise level. "Chargify was born to solve our own pains and the market's pains," Chargify CEO Tom Rotem wrote in his company blog post. "Almost a decade later, we have helped thousands of businesses manage over 20 million subscriptions and collect over $3 billion in recurring revenue." The San Antonio-based Scaleworks portfolio company specializes in selling its online billing software. Tom Rotem joined the startup as CEO in September and has been busy implementing this new service to address the shift in how customers pay for subscription se...
San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development
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San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development

The San Antonio-Austin hub of a pediatric medical device consortium announced Monday it is actively looking for innovative pediatric medical device entrepreneurs in need of investment and development resources.The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) recently received a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) five-year grant for $6.75 million. Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest children’s hospital in the U.S., and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), one of the largest recipients for pediatric federal research funding in the U.S. anchor the consortium. The FDA grant went into effect Sept. 1. and will enable the consortium to support pediatric medical device innovators with product, technology, and business acceleration services both regionally and nationally....
Mind Science Foundation Awards Neuroscience Researcher $30,000 at ‘Magical’ Pitch Competition
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Mind Science Foundation Awards Neuroscience Researcher $30,000 at ‘Magical’ Pitch Competition

The Mind Science Foundation event at the Pearl Stable Tuesday evening was truly magical—a mixture of science and illusion fueled by how our brains can misperceive reality.The Foundation's BrainStorm connected neuroscience researchers directly to those funding their proposed groundbreaking research in a novel manner—in a pitch competition. After listening to three finalist team pitches, audience members voted for Dr. Michael Anderson and researcher Subbulakshmi Sankarasubramanian from the University of Cambridge. They received the top award of $30,000 for their proposed research on how the brain suppresses traumatic memories that cause emotional pain. Sankarasubramanian is a graduate student in the cognitive neuroscience research lab Anderson oversees at Cambridge.Two finalist teams...
Codeup Launches Data Science Program to Meet Demand in San Antonio
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Codeup Launches Data Science Program to Meet Demand in San Antonio

San Antonio-based career accelerator Codeup announced Monday it would offer a new data science training program. Codeup plans for two cohorts in 2019. The inaugural class begins Feb. 4, 2019, with 25 available slots. Codeup recently expanded its space on the third and sixth floors in the downtown Vogue Building at 600 Navarro St. to accommodate growth and make room for the new program.Michael Girdley, Jason Straughan, and Chris Turner opened Codeup in 2013, offering its 18-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."Codeup is building a data science program in...
Trinity $25,000 Stumberg Competition Yields A Winner AND Runner-Up
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Trinity $25,000 Stumberg Competition Yields A Winner AND Runner-Up

Trinity University student entrepreneur team Quick Sip, producer of a specialty cold brew bottled coffee, won the $25,000 grand prize in funding Thursday in the final round of the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition.But that is not the entire story.The competition was fierce among the four finalist teams. The Stumberg competition is a two-part pitch event hosted each spring and the fall. This year’s finalists emerged out of 10 original teams that competed in the seed round last fall and included the grand winner of the $25,000, Quick Sip cold brew bottled coffee. The four finalists each won $5,000 in seed funding in March and participated in Trinity’s accelerator program over the summer.Read more: Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg CompetitionOf the r...
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...