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Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact
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Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact

Inspiring young people to learn how to code can be a challenge, but that did not stop Debi Pfitzenmaier and many volunteers over the years from organizing fun, free family events to introduce children to computer coding. That effort became Youth Code Jam, a nonprofit organization Pfitzenmaier founded in 2016 to inspire students to do more than play on computers—they learn new skills like Java, Scratch, and how to program robots.At free events and paid camps, children aged 7 to 17 learn to “talk” to computers and get them to do what they want them to do. Youth Code Jam’s goals are twofold:  to teach each computational thinking as a problem-solving methodology and to inspire students to pursue computer science and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Pfitzenmaier ...
MR3Health Raises Capital for IoT Sensor, Remote Monitoring Launch
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MR3Health Raises Capital for IoT Sensor, Remote Monitoring Launch

San Antonio-based MR3 Health has developed an internet of things (IoT)-connected foot sensor for diabetic patients to monitor the health of their feet from the comfort of their home. The startup is raising capital in an early Series B round of funding to bring its patented, Food and Drug Administration-cleared TempTouch dermal thermometer foot sensor and accompanying home health monitoring service to market.Tech Tribune recently listed the medical technology startup as one of the 10 Best Startups of San Antonio. MR3 Health launched its innovative combination of healthcare service and internet-connected technology in 2015 after they recognized an important shift in healthcare. The medical device market is transforming from physicians using discrete medical technologies to more focus on ...
San Antonio Launches Cityflag 311 App
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San Antonio Launches Cityflag 311 App

San Antonio has launched 311SA, its new interactive civic engagement app developed by local startup Cityflag. The cellphone app enables residents to report municipal issues to the City of San Antonio and is available for download in the iTunes and Google Play online stores.The City of San Antonio and City Flag are co-hosting the official launch of the 311SA mobile app August 15th starting at 11 a.m. in the Geekdom Event Centre. You can RSVP for the free event.Cities are developing new avenues for civic engagement using a technology most residents already possess—a smartphone. In the U.S., 80 percent of all mobile phone users use a smartphone. The emergence of interactive municipal apps as a new means for citizens to report issues is spreading as cities look for more ways to engage ...
Earth Class Mail Delivers New Digital Services for Businesses
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Earth Class Mail Delivers New Digital Services for Businesses

Earth Class Mail (ECM) announced Thursday new digital services aimed at helping businesses streamline handling and processing of mailed documents and checks. Business clients can now organize and find digitized mail documents more easily with added searchable features, share mail content via email, and process payments received into newly added online accounting software integrations for Xero and Quickbooks Online.The industry leader was the first company to recognize this need by creating the digital mail service market in 2004. Businesses select one of the ECM’s virtual addresses available in every state in the U.S. HIPAA-certified technicians organize and store a business’ mail at an Earth Class Mail facility, then scan mailed documents as a high-resolution, searchable PDF file. EMC...
Cannabis Accelerator Launches In San Antonio
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Cannabis Accelerator Launches In San Antonio

Entrepreneurs traveled from across the U.S to attend a small, but sold-out startup summit at San Antonio’s Cellars at the Pearl Saturday. What was different about this startup program was its objective—helping founders accelerate their cannabis startups.Rick Martinez, founder and CEO of the Wellness Project Rx, a cannabis business coaching company, launched a San Antonio-based cannabis entrepreneur accelerator program Wednesday. The Green Seed Cannabis Accelerator does not require a share in equity from founders. Instead, it will operate on a fee structure over the course of its 12-month program. Cannabis entrepreneurs who already have a business selling cannabis-related products, those supporting the cannabis industry with services such as marketing, or doctors who are proponents of u...
Reckon Point’s Indoor Airport Wayfinding App Places Startup on the Map
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Reckon Point’s Indoor Airport Wayfinding App Places Startup on the Map

For one local startup, participation in San Antonio’s pilot civic engagement residency program spurred the development of an innovative indoor airport wayfinding application.Reckon Point is one of the startups participating in CivTechSA, a joint program between the Geekdom co-working community and the City of San Antonio. The program matches startups with city departments to develop solutions requested by municipal leaders. The startup developed the wayfinding app for the San Antonio International Airport over the course of the program’s first four-month cohort, which ended in late July.The public may register to attend the demonstration day to see the work done by CivTechSA participants Reckon Point and Kinetech. RSVP for the Aug. 29 Demo Day here.The Geekdom-based startup spe...
Portland-Based Time Tracking Startup Tali Joins RealCo Accelerator
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Portland-Based Time Tracking Startup Tali Joins RealCo Accelerator

Kara Killinger is a student journalist at Trinity University where she reports for the weekly student-run newspaper, the Trinitonian. She is working this summer as a Students+Startups marketing intern at RealCo long-term accelerator. Killinger wrote this profile on Tali, RealCo’s newest portfolio company.Tali, a Portland-based time tracking startup with revenue-generating customers, became RealCo long-term accelerator’s eighth portfolio company in June.Matt Volm, Matt Anthes-Washburn, and Matt Hoiland were co-workers at a large healthcare company in Portland, Oregon when Volm came to them with a problem. His wife Kimberlee is a lawyer who has to track every billable six-minute increment of her work day. She tracked her time on Post-It notes and would spend up to two hours nightly...
Texas BioMed Discovers Class of Antibodies That Block HIV Transmission
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Texas BioMed Discovers Class of Antibodies That Block HIV Transmission

Researchers from the San Antonio-based Texas Biomedical Research Institute have discovered a new defense against HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS. The group of Texas BioMed scientists led by Ruth Ruprecht, M.D., Ph.D., used an animal model to show for the first time that an antibody called Immunoglobulin M (IgM) was effective in preventing infection after mucosal AIDS virus exposure.Only certain body fluids from a person infected with HIV can transmit the virus. Infection occurs after fluids such as blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk come in contact with a person's mucous membrane or damaged tissue or is directly injected into the bloodstream using a needle or syringe. Worldwide, an estimated 90% of new cases of HIV-1 are caused by exposure ...
The Founder Institute Comes To San Antonio as part of Texas Launch
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The Founder Institute Comes To San Antonio as part of Texas Launch

Can you become a technology entrepreneur in four months? One global startup incubator program strives to teach people to do just that. The Founder Institute (FI) is launching in Texas, setting up entrepreneurial training teams in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.Programs in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are slated to begin in late 2018 to early 2019. The inaugural Texas FI cohort started in late 2017 in Austin and graduated founders of eight companies. The second Austin cohort graduated seven participants Wednesday evening.Recruitment for the next cohort in Austin and San Antonio’s first cohort is ongoing. Those interested can apply here and indicate San Antonio as their desired program location once it launches in late 2018.Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan establish...
Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019
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Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019

One San Antonio university internship program placing students at local startups is expanding its local reach to college students nationwide. Students+Startups, run collaboratively between Trinity University, the nonprofit 80/20 Foundation, and San Antonio co-working community Geekdom announced the program's expansion Monday.The internship program is funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation, established by the co-founder and former Rackspace chairman Graham Weston. The 80/20 Foundation had planned on opening the application process beyond Trinity University to students at all San Antonio colleges starting in 2019, according to Weston. In its first three years, the pilot program was solely offered to Trinity University students and had experienced three years of steady growth. In 201...