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Food Startup Grain 4 Grain Wins $50,000 at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition
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Food Startup Grain 4 Grain Wins $50,000 at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition

As craft beer brewing grows in popularity, so does the staggering amount of leftover spent barley grains — over 6 billion pounds annually. That opportunity for food innovation is what drove Yoni Medhin and Matt Metchly to launch their low-carb spent barley flour company.Grain4Grain won the top prize of $50,000 Wednesday evening at Tech Fuel, San Antonio's largest, an equity-free cash-prize pitch competition for early-stage tech startups.  Launched by Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit, the three-tiered $100,000 competition is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies. Five judges with venture funding expertise questioned, then selected the $50,000 grand prize and $20,000 second-place winners...
Data Privacy Startup Rectify Wins $50K Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition
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Data Privacy Startup Rectify Wins $50K Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition

Data protection and privacy company Rectify won the top prize of $50,000 Tuesday evening at TechFuel. The pitch competition is San Antonio's largest, equity-free, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition open to early-stage tech startups.  Launched by  Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit, the competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. During the event, a panel of five judges with venture funding expertise questioned, then selected the $50,000 grand prize winner. The remaining prize money was awarded based on votes from the audience in reaction to the pitches.Rectify was one of five San Antonio-based finalists out of 57 startups that applied to the pitc...
‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth
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‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth

Ask any startup company founder and almost all will agree it's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting a new business. That was the tone at the eight annual Geekdom State of the Ecosystem update given Tuesday morning at the Geekdom Event Centre. David Heard, chief executive of Tech Bloc and chief marketing officer at SecureLogix and Port San Antonio's new vice president for cybersecurity development Will Garrett joined Geekdom chief executive David Garcia to assess the past year for San Antonio and its technology community.You can see a copy of Geekdom's 2018 impact report here.San Antonio's economic disparities continue to pose challenges for residents. Median household income for San Antonio was $56,774 in 2017, the latest figures available. Part of the mission in buildi...
SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District
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SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District

SA Tech Trek was bigger this year, with more startup companies, more stops, and more people who came to check out San Antonio’s growing startup scene. The tech-oriented Fiesta event designed to showcase San Antonio’s tech ecosystem drew larger than expected crowds of local entrepreneurs and visitors curious to visit startup companies in the downtown tech district.Tech Bloc and Geekdom co-hosted the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s second SA Tech Trek, with AT&T serving as the event’s title sponsor. In 2017 SA Tech Trek logged over 1,000 total entrepreneurs, executives, students and tech employees visiting startups in the Rand Building on 110 E. Houston Street and the Vogue Building on 600 Navarro Street. Geekdom estimates 2018 turnout will be almost double, given that registration...