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Easy Expunctions Wins $100K Capitol Factory Challenge
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Easy Expunctions Wins $100K Capitol Factory Challenge

For any promising startup, winning $100,000 in a pitch competition can be game-changing. For San Antonio-based Easy Expunctions, winning the Capitol Factory $100,000 cash investment out of 151 San Antonio-area entrepreneurs competing in the pitch challenge Tuesday at Geekdom is a resounding vote of confidence in founder Yousef Kassim and his startup's legal document automation service.For people seeking an expunction, a legal process for permanently removing certain types of arrests, charges, or convictions from a person's public records, Easy Expunctions offers an online legal software service that checks a person's record for eligibility without the need to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees for traditional legal services. Kassim developed patented software algorithms based on a ...
Geekdom’s New Pre-Accelerator Program to Mentor 6 Startups
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Geekdom’s New Pre-Accelerator Program to Mentor 6 Startups

What happens when there are over 1,700 entrepreneurially-minded members developing new businesses in a co-working space? The demand for early-stage startup programs surges.In response, the downtown San Antonio co-working space Geekdom launched its new Pre-Accelerator and announced the first 6 startups to be admitted to the program Tuesday. Designed to prepare local San Antonio startups for an accelerator or seed investments, the program allows startups to continue working on their product while learning from expert mentorship.The companies include the following:Scraffic partners with retail software providers to offer retailers valuable foot traffic in stores of all sizes.Ractive develops interactive virtual reality virtual training content using “gamification” to develop g...
EPIcenter Announces Incubator, First Energy Startups
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EPIcenter Announces Incubator, First Energy Startups

EPIcenter has chosen the first two San Antonio-based startup companies to join its new Energy Incubator and Accelerator program. EPIcenter CEO Kimberly Britton will announce and introduce Go Smart Solar and Morton Gestalt at downtown San Antonio co-working space Geekdom Tuesday afternoon. The incubator aims to help budding entrepreneurs develop innovative business ideas in the energy sector.EPIcenter plans to transform a century-old power plant on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk into a world-class center that will house the nonprofit organization’s think tank, incubator, and exhibit space highlighting innovation in clean energy. While the $74 million project is in the design and fundraising phase, EPIcenter occupies space in Geekdom and is working closely with the co-wor...
After 1 Year, RealCo has 7 Startups, 1 New Managing Director, and Ambitious Plans
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After 1 Year, RealCo has 7 Startups, 1 New Managing Director, and Ambitious Plans

The first year of the RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program has been extremely productive. The accelerator started in March 2017 with two companies and now has seven in its cohort. RealCo also celebrated its anniversary by announcing its latest addition to lead the company— the new managing director, Richard Grote.Grote started at RealCo Monday and joins Michael Girdley, the founding RealCo partner and co-founder and managing director for the Geekdom Fund, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage tech startups. Co-founder RealCo partner Chris Saum, who helped start MUD Geochemical Inc., a software startup that sold research and development services to the oil and gas industry, and partner Jenni White, former chief of operations at Codeup, round out RealCo’s managing team.Real...
MIOSA Links Medical Industry Startups to Resources
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MIOSA Links Medical Industry Startups to Resources

Not all medical or health-related technology companies are large—even the big pharmaceutical or medical device companies once launched as a small life science startup. For these science-focused entrepreneurs looking to make an impact on the medical industry, the costs for specialized lab space and equipment coupled with the challenge of finding scientific staff with specific expertise, often cannot be bootstrapped with one’s personal resources.San Antonio scientists who are also experienced founders established a private group to help local medical entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of developing a medical industry startup. The focus of MIOSA, or the Medical Industry Organization of San Antonio, is to foster collaboration between scientists and health care professionals and those in...
FloatMe App Links Workers to Paycheck Sooner for Less
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FloatMe App Links Workers to Paycheck Sooner for Less

Financial emergencies can happen anytime. When they do, a surprise expense that pops up in-between paychecks can trigger late fees from not paying bills on time, to mounting bank fees from over insufficient funds and overdraft fees, to exorbitant interest on payday loans.Founder Josh Sanchez experienced this when he had unexpected car expenses once and was short that week. After getting a payday loan for $200 that turned into a $250 payback balance after only two weeks, Sanchez started thinking of less expensive options to access money short term. His idea turned into FloatMe, an app that enables workers to get a “float” or short-term advance on their next paycheck without paying hefty fees or interest.Once Sanchez paid back his payday loan, he discovered the high costs for many de...
Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition
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Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition

Five Trinity University student entrepreneur teams were each awarded $5,000 in seed funding Tuesday evening in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. This university-wide competition consisted of 10 student venture teams selected from a pool of applicants to present their business concepts before a panel of judges with entrepreneurial expertise.The five winning teams pitched wide-ranging businesses:MONA is an augmented reality (AR) app that enables users to use real-world objects like embroidered patches that can project three-dimensional objects in augmented reality when scanned. InterSourcing provides U.S. businesses access to international production and customized solutions in manufacturing when the business is ready to scale up in growth. PATCH, or  Pill Adm...
SASTEMIC Partners with SAMSAT on STEM Learning Programs
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SASTEMIC Partners with SAMSAT on STEM Learning Programs

Elementary school students clustered around a display of an Enigma machine, German encrypting hardware used by Britain's codebreakers to decipher German messages in World War II. In another room, students were busy with hands-on activities creating museum exhibits about the history, current use, and future of computing.SASTEMIC, a nonprofit science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education advocacy organization, collaborates with local schools to provide STEM-focused educational programs like this one provided to Forester and Northwest Crossing Elementary schools at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) Monday morning.The nonprofit museum, founded in 2016 by David Monroe, explores the past, present, and future of technology in San Antonio. The coll...
The Health Cell Spotlights Healthtech and Medical Device Startups
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The Health Cell Spotlights Healthtech and Medical Device Startups

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a healthtech company and a medical device company? Some may think the descriptors are interchangeable but they are not. Regulatory pathways to get a medical device to market are markedly different than what it takes to get a health-focused technology product in the hands of the consumer. The amount of money it takes to launch and develop products for healthtech and medical device companies is not comparable, either.The Health Cell is sponsoring this panel to help innovative entrepreneurs understand the differences, as well as learn what it takes to launch each of these companies. Register here for the lunch, panel discussion, and question and answer period.  The event will take place April 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Magnolia Hall...
VelocityTX Announces New Leadership
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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership

Jorge Varela has stepped down as CEO of VelocityTX as announced in a March 21 statement from Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF).Varela was hired May 2017 to lead VelocityTX, the innovation arm of the longstanding TRTF. Both are tasked with promoting economic development and investing in San Antonio-based businesses. VelocityTX’s focus is to accelerate the process of commercializing ideas, products, services, or processes and guides both domestic startups and international companies entering the market in the U.S.Varela confirmed his departure with Startups San Antonio via text but did not provide further comment.Varela spent the last five years as the director of the startup incubator Tech Fort Worth and was the associate director of entrepreneurship at the UNT Hea...