Startup Resources in San Antonio

STARTUP RESOURCES LAST UPDATED May 15, 2020   

Welcome to San Antonio’s startup community!

Here’s a list of startup resources to get you started on your journey as an entrepreneur in San Antonio. If you need this as a PDF file, you can download the San Antonio Startup Resource Guide as of December 2019 instead.

This page will be updated as San Antonio’s ecosystem evolves, so if you see something missing, please reach out to us at editor@startupssanantonio.com.

More international founders are moving to San Antonio. Are you an immigrant who has moved to San Antonio and need help starting your business in the U.S.? Here’s an immigrant’s guide to launching and funding your startup.

Latest Startup Events

Check out the latest startup-related San Antonio events at the SA Business Calendar. Their comprehensive calendar (started by this San Antonio startup team) lists business events in San Antonio, including startup, tech, cybersecurity, and bioscience-focused ones.

San Antonio Startup Listing

The Alamo Angels are a group of business leaders and corporate sponsors who invest in local business growth. Alamo Angel’s directory of San Antonio startups has over 400 startup companies.

Geekdom also has an internal directory of its startup members developing their companies or operating them at the co-working space. Contact Geekdom for more information on member startups at info@geekdom.com.

Looking for speakers?

Check out our Speaker List of San Antonio Women in Tech.

STEM Student Learning and Entrepreneurship

There are many student entrepreneurship programs and resources. Below are just some of those organizations focused on student STEM and entrepreneurship in San Antonio. The landscape of STEM education programs and resources in San Antonio (luckily!) merits its own ecosystem map.

The City of San Antonio has applied to become a STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative city in which  STEM learning stakeholders coordinate efforts to help students join the future STEM and STEAM workforce. A more comprehensive listing of the STEM learning resources is currently in development and will be available later in 2019. Below are some of the organizations focused on STEM learning.

Startup Programs

San Antonio’s list of boot camps, incubators, and accelerators is growing. Startup boot camps can be an entry into the startup community by teaching basic skills in entrepreneurship or by acting like highly compressed incubators. An incubator primarily aims to help the entrepreneur vet, validate, and refine their proposed solution. An accelerator generally takes a small percentage of equity in exchange for small amounts of capital and mentorship over the course of a coaching program ranging from three to six months.

San Antonio’s startup incubators, accelerators, and other entrepreneurial programs include those listed below and does not include entrepreneurial programs specifically designed for students.

Industry Education and Training

San Antonio Co-Working Spaces

San Antonio has a variety of available co-working spaces that suit a founder’s needs for location, access, budget, benefits, and vibe. Co-working spaces offer startups the opportunity to work in a shared working environment. Many smaller companies not belonging to the same organization typically co-habit the space. Using co-working spaces offers an affordable option for those first starting a company. Many co-working spaces provide added benefits such as working alongside other members of a startup community, conference meeting spaces, mailboxes, and event space.

Here are the co-working spaces currently available in San Antonio:

Networking Groups

San Antonio is experiencing growth in its startup networking groups with a STEM focus. Many meetups with sizable membership (500+) are listed below.

Supporting Infrastructure

Supporters and Advocates

  • Tech Bloc is a technology industry advocacy organization in San Antonio.
  • CyberSecurity San Antonio (San Antonio Chamber of Commerce) serves as the hub for all things cyber in the San Antonio region, including military and government affairs; talent, education and workforce development; global engagement; sustainability; and innovation and economic development.
  • Cyber Texas Foundation supports cybersecurity professionals and hosts an annual conference in San Antonio.
  • BioMed SA or the Healthcare Bioscience Development Corporation is a San Antonio advocacy organization that strives to build upon the city’s impressive base of biomedical assets and raise its visibility nationally and beyond.
  • The Health Cell was formed by and for San Antonio’s biotechnology, medical, military and academic leadership to promote professional development and collaboration across the City’s health sector.
  • The City of San Antonio Small Business Office leads the City’s efforts to grow and develop small businesses.
  • San Antonio Economic Development Department (SAEDD) works on behalf of the City of San Antonio on business infrastructure needs, incentives and quality workforce training programs.
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) is a private, nonprofit organization to drive San Antonio’s economic growth by recruiting new business to San Antonio and helping local companies stay and grow.
  • Bexar County Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department oversees the Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (SMWVBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs.
  • Bexar County Innovation Fund  is used to accelerate the growth of our digital information technology sector by funding recruitment, expansion, talent development competitions, professional and technical training, and brand building initiatives.
  • CANopener Labs provides prototyping services for inventors and entrepreneurs.
  • Enventure San Antonio is a nonprofit organization designed to help biomedical professionals discover and connect to entrepreneurial career options.

Lawyers

Eventually, every founder will need a lawyer who understands the unique requirements for startups. Startup legal services in San Antonio include:

  • Tech lawyer David Jones works with many startups (tech startups, as well as tech legal issues):  David Jones PLLC
  • San Antonio lawyer Jose Padilla specializes in startups from formation to funding to acquisition or IPO: Padilla Law PLLC
  • Patents lawyer Samar Shah (specializing in STEM startups): Shah IP Law PLLC
  • San Antonio lawyer Van Lindberg (intellectual property matters and the intersection of technology and law): Van Lindberg at Dykema Cox Smith
  • San Antonio lawyer Stephanie Chandler (works with companies in early stages through significant liquidity events, technology licensing, commercialization): Stephanie Chandler at Jackson Walker
  • Langley & Banack has a group of cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy attorneys who specialize in helping clients minimizing a company’s risks from a data breach.

Funding

Confused by what all the funding terms like “pre-seed,” “Series A,” and “Series C” mean?? Check out this useful primer: Series A, B, C Funding: How It Works, Definitions, Averages

There are over 50 San Antonio-based investors listed in the Alamo Angel’s investor directory. Other venture funds, investors, and possible sources of funding such as loans in San Antonio are listed below.

Other funding sources include loans for small businesses. Be sure to read Margot Slossom’s guest post on the pros and cons of startup financing sources and Jarod Angehr’s guest post on SAFE notes and revenue sharing.

There are also excellent online resources from the Small Business Administration, grants for small businesses, and financing sources specifically for minority-owned startups.

More Startup Resources: Podcasts, Checklists, and Books

STEM- and startup-centric podcasts are emerging in San Antonio. Here are some podcasts and radio shows to get you started.

For founders needing to learn how to approach investors, here’s a due diligence checklist from the Central Texas Angel Network website.

Don’t forget to read books at every stage of your startup. This reading list offers great choices from your first harried days onward.

Need to develop your pitch deck? Download it here:Pitch Deck Workshop April 8, 2020 by Iris Gonzalez How to Create Your 1st Pitch Deck

Need help with remote onboarding? If you missed my Geekdom webinar May 15, 2020, you can read the highlights and use the checklist here: Remote onboarding webinar for Geekdom May 15, 2020 by Iris Gonzalez

Photo of downtown San Antonio taken by Jon Ryan Garcia.

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