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Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program Mentors New-Member Startups
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Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program Mentors New-Member Startups

Geekdom, a downtown San Antonio co-working community, is seeing the changing demographics of people launching companies since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. In its fourth year, the six-week pre-accelerator program started working with six early-stage companies in early June. Five out of six are helmed by new Geekdom members who have joined over the past year. Two companies got their start during Geekdom's first-ever virtual Startup Weekend held in December of 2020. Four of the six companies are run by female founders. The free Geekdom Pre-Accelerator program held once a year helps prepare local startups for accelerator applications or early-stage investment. Area tech leaders and investors mentor the teams, who also attend weekly workshops and practice in pitch session...
Geekdom Incubator Program Holds Demo Day for Civic Tech Startups
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Geekdom Incubator Program Holds Demo Day for Civic Tech Startups

Aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their startup concept at the virtual Geekdom incubator Demo Day Tuesday night. Geekdom's 12-month-long incubator program is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs launch civically-focused tech startups. The downtown co-working startup community officially launched its two-year pilot in March 2020 to support a total of six teams working on technologies that have a social impact. Read: Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact Year 1's graduating cohort from March 2020 are: Polis, a Bluetooth network-based navigation solution for the San Antonio River Walk, solovaGo, an app that uses crime data to help users evaluate the safety of neighborhoods, and, Pawtify, an application that makes finding a San Antonio An...
The Sonar Company Founder and CEO Nick Hayward Dead at 37
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The Sonar Company Founder and CEO Nick Hayward Dead at 37

Nick Hayward, CEO and co-founder of The Sonar Company, died in a parasailing accident in Key West on July 17. He was 37. Hayward was born in Canada but spent most of his life in Costa Rica, where he met Allan Matarrita-Chinchilla at a startup incubator in Costa Rica called Parquetec. The two founded Sports Sonar, moving to San Antonio in October 2018 after the innovation accelerator VelocityTX reached out to the sports-tech startup via its Global Accelerator Program.  Sports Sonar's technology enables clients to send videos and other content to mobile phones easily and quickly without internet access by using an ultrasonic sound people can't hear.  Since the COVID-19 global pandemic shut down spectator-filled crowds for sporting events, Hayward and Matarrita-Chinchilla have been ...
SecurityGate.io Series A Funding To Fuel Growth of Its Cyber Risk Assessment Platform
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SecurityGate.io Series A Funding To Fuel Growth of Its Cyber Risk Assessment Platform

SecurityGate.io closed its Series A funding round for an undisclosed amount Tuesday. Houston Ventures, which invests in software for the energy industry, led the capital raise. The funding will help SecurityGate.io scale its predictive cyber risk intelligence platform for companies looking to automate the cybersecurity management of their operational technology (OT). Cybersecurity risk management experts Ted Gutierrez, CEO, and Cherise Esparza, CTO, founded the Houston-based software company in 2017. The SecurityGate.io software platform helps companies in critical industry sectors who must maintain compliance standards and improve risk management efforts. Their software as a service (SaaS) provides an integrated risk management platform designed specifically for the cybersecurity of cr...
Pinch Boil House Wins $25,000 Geekdom Community Fund
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Pinch Boil House Wins $25,000 Geekdom Community Fund

Pinch Boil House, a downtown restaurant, won the Geekdom Community Fund $25,000 award Friday. The popular fast-casual restaurant, co-founded by Andrew Ho and Sean Wen, opened to local diners in 2017. Typically held every quarter at well-attended Geekdom events, the founders gave their Community Fund pitches instead via Zoom video call. This quarter's finalists included: Allosense, an asset-tracking company that differentiates itself from competitors with "always connected" sensors that provide easy access to data Buzu Trading Cards, a line of trading cards with an emphasis on education and creative expression Sports Sonar, with its SafeWave fast and silent alarm system that can notify emergency responders without Wi-Fi or an internet connection Pinch Boil House,  a casual ...
Geekdom Announces 2020 Participants in Pre-Accelerator Program
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Geekdom Announces 2020 Participants in Pre-Accelerator Program

Geekdom announced the San Antonio startups selected for its 2020 pre-accelerator program Wednesday. The seven startups are: EvoSecurity is an affordable, flexible, and reliable multi-factor authentication solution for on-premise, hybrid, cloud, and multi-cloud service providers. Its goal is to take the complexity out of protecting managed service providers and their clients. Allosense is an internet of things startup producing a fleet of always-connected sensors and asset trackers to help businesses and governments manage their supply chains and reduce waste or loss of high-value assets. ClosetMelody is a digital styling app that offers suggestions on how to style your looks using the clothes in your wardrobe. Buzu Cards helps students learn standardized testing concepts u...
Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact
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Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact

Aspiring entrepreneurs spoke excitedly to attendees at the Geekdom inaugural launch for its incubator cohort Tuesday evening. The three teams are participating in an inaugural 12-month-long incubator program designed to help launch civically-focused tech startups. The three teams are: Polis, which is developing a Bluetooth network-based navigation solution for the San Antonio River Walk, solovaGo, which is creating an app that uses crime data to help users evaluate the safety of neighborhoods, and, Pawtify, which is working with San Antonio's animal care services department to increase the number of pet adoptions. The incubator is run in partnership with the city of San Antonio's Office of Innovation and Information Technology Services Department. Geekdom's pre-accelerator...
Promoter.io Founder Chad Keck Talks About Being First, Offers Acquisition Advice for Founders
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Promoter.io Founder Chad Keck Talks About Being First, Offers Acquisition Advice for Founders

With little fanfare, San Antonio-based Promoter.io, a customer analytics and insights software as a service (SaaS) platform for small and medium-sized businesses, was acquired in September 2019 by Medallia, the global leader in customer experience management. In that same month, Medallia underwent an IPO four days before buying two other companies along with Promoter.io. Founders Chad Keck and Ricardo Reyna (who left the company in 2018) launched Promoter.io in 2013, working out of Geekdom, San Antonio’s first co-working space. The startup raised $1.6 million in funding over five pre-seed and seed funding rounds. Their latest round was in January 2018 for $150,000. Startups San Antonio caught up with Keck to reflect on why he built Promoter, the significance of being the first startu...
Bexar County Funds TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas
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Bexar County Funds TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas

Bexar County is teaming up with Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit on TechFuel, a non-dilutive, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition open to early-stage tech startups located across the state of Texas, Tech Bloc announced Thursday. The competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. To apply, eligible companies must have a product or service that is live and on the market, have received less than $1 million in outside funding, produce less than $1.5 million in revenue, and intend to grow their companies primarily in Bexar County. Early-stage companies with an innovative technology-based business, including biotechnology, finance, and clean energy startup...