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Gov Tech Startup Irys Wins $1.15M Air Force Contract
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Gov Tech Startup Irys Wins $1.15M Air Force Contract

Irys, a San Antonio-based software-as-a-service or SaaS startup, has won an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) $1.15 million Phase II contract from the Air Force's AFWERX innovation program. The highly competitive Air Force SBIR program awards non-dilutive funding to help companies develop commercially feasible advanced technologies that also meets an Air Force need. Only those granted a Phase I SBIR award (or a Direct to Phase II contract) are eligible for Phase II and III awards. Irys won an SBIR Phase I award of $50,000 in the fall of 2019. Under SBIR rules, companies that successfully secure an agreement with at least one Air Force customer may be awarded up to $2.3 million or more in Phase II and gain the ability to move to an unlimited number and value of cont...
Gov Tech Startup Irys Closes $1.2M Seed Round
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Gov Tech Startup Irys Closes $1.2M Seed Round

Irys announced Tuesday its $1.2M seed round led by early-stage venture capital firm Good Growth Capital with participation from Arcadis and Techstars Ventures. Investors in the seed round from San Antonio include former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, Graham Weston, Pat Matthews, Victor Miramontes, and Matthew Starr. Cityflag, a government technology startup focused on helping cities flag and track 311 service requests, rebranded itself as Irys in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was triggering lockdowns across the country. Alberto Altamirano, Alberto Gomez, and Eduardo Bravo founded the company in 2017. That same year, they received a contract with the city of San Antonio for an app to revamp its 311 system. Read more: San Antonio 3...
Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator
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Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator

San Antonio-based Cityflag, a startup that develops civic engagement technological platforms for local governments, has been chosen as one of 10 companies participating in a new Techstars accelerator program. The global entrepreneurial network announced Wednesday the launch of its Techstars Arcadis City of 2030 accelerator program designed for companies pioneering far-reaching technologies that will define the quality of life for residents in cities. Arcadis, a leading global design firm focused on infrastructure, sustainable water, buildings, and environmental solutions, has partnered with Techstars on the accelerator program to support companies developing innovative ideas that will shape the future of cities. The new three-month accelerator program is based in Amsterdam, The Netherla...
San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag
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San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag

The new year has brought exciting news to San Antonio and local technology startup Cityflag. The City of San Antonio’s 311SA interactive civic engagement application received the Smart 50 Award as one of the world’s top 50 most transformative smart projects for 2019.  The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, the Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. San Antonio is the only city on the list of 50 awardees with two projects that were recognized with a Smart 50 Award. Leaptran won the award for their San Antonio Technology Center (SATC) building energy monitoring and control for a cost-effective building heating ventilation and cooling system. In August...
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 ...