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Austin-Based Notley Expands Programs to San Antonio
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Austin-Based Notley Expands Programs to San Antonio

Notley, a philanthropic organization that leverages funding from traditional investments in real estate, venture funds, startups, and donations to support social impact innovation, has set its sights on San Antonio. Founded by BuildASign co-founder Dan Graham, nonprofit executive Lisa Graham, and entrepreneur Matt McDonnell, Notley is a new type of philanthropic entity that brings entrepreneurial thinking and approaches to connecting for-profit and nonprofit spaces. Notley has run Philanthropitch San Antonio for the past three years, a fast-pitch competition created for nonprofits. This year’s event will be held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on October 12 with support from the Mays Family Foundation.  Read more: Youth Code Jam Pitch Perfect at Philantropitch San Antonio ...
How the San Antonio Startup Ecosystem Has Changed in 2020
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How the San Antonio Startup Ecosystem Has Changed in 2020

What a difference a year makes. While San Antonio's entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown in 2020, our predictions at the end of 2019 didn't include a global pandemic. The San Antonio Startup Ecosystem Map represents a somewhat sequential startup life cycle. This macro-level graphic lists local resources available in San Antonio throughout an entrepreneur's journey, from a student interested in starting a company to a CEO looking for investment to scale operations. Compared with our first map version (which showed the startup resources in San Antonio from February to November 2018), San Antonio has since added many programs, organizations, and stakeholders supporting local startup activity. What has changed in San Antonio's startup ecosystem since the beginning of 2020? We noted fou...
Beam Angel Network For Female-Owned Startups Launches Across Texas
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Beam Angel Network For Female-Owned Startups Launches Across Texas

A new investor network is looking to close the massive gender funding gap for female-run startups. Women@Austin, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting female entrepreneurs, is launching the Beam Angel Network, the first Texas-based angel network for women-founded companies. Investors will fund early-stage, Texas-based, women-founded companies with high potential. Beam will aim for diversity and equity within their investor community, deal flow, founders, and community partners, said Jessica Gaffney, CEO  and executive director of Women@Austin. The share of venture capital or VC dollars that flowed into startups founded by a woman or a group of women in 2019 was $3.54 billion—only 2.7% of total VC investment. Yet, companies with a female founder perform 63% better than all-male f...