Startup Resources in San Antonio

LAST UPDATED June 14, 2021

Welcome to San Antonio’s startup community! This page lists San Antonio startup resources to get you started on your journey as an entrepreneur in San Antonio. 

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.

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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 Startups 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 in their co-working space. Contact Geekdom for more information on member startups at info@geekdom.com.

Student STEM Education and Entrepreneurship Resources

There are many student entrepreneurship programs and resources. Below are some of those organizations focused on student STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education 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 is a STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative city in which  STEM learning stakeholders coordinate efforts to help students join the future STEM and STEAM (plus art) workforce. The group has a more comprehensive listing of STEM learning resources.

Below are some of the organizations focused on helping students become tech and science entrepreneurs:

Open to all students

School-specific programs

Startup Programs

San Antonio’s growing list of boot camps, incubators, and accelerators is meeting the demand for specialized mentoring and resources.

  • 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 Startup Spaces

San Antonio has a variety of spaces for all types of startups that suit a founder’s needs for location, access, budget, benefits, and vibe. It’s no longer just about co-working!

Co-working spaces offer startups a shared working environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has many seeking flexible short-term leasing at co-working spaces with physical distancing protocols. Many co-working spaces provide added benefits such as working alongside other members of a startup community, conference meeting spaces, mailboxes, and event space.

The rise over the past couple of years of specialized spaces for other industries means San Antonio founders can now rent space in commercial kitchens, film and video studios, bioscience wet lab and manufacturing facilities, and makerspaces and prototyping places across San Antonio.

Here are the startup 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

  • 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.
  • BioMed SA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of the healthcare and bioscience industry by providing resources to the industry in San Antonio, convening collaboration and action groups, and raising the industry’s visibility nationally and beyond.
  • 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.
  • Enventure San Antonio is a nonprofit organization designed to help biomedical professionals discover and connect to entrepreneurial career options.
  • TechBloc is a technology industry advocacy organization in San Antonio.
  • The City of San Antonio Small Business Office leads the City’s efforts to grow and develop small businesses.
  • 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.

Lawyers

Eventually, every founder will need a lawyer who understands a startup’s unique requirements. 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
  • Allison Higgins heads Quest Business and Intellectual Property Law and focuses her legal expertise on IP, technology, trademarks, and internet issues

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.

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