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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...
How EPIcenter, Geekdom, and Venture for America Startup Programs Adapted to the Pandemic
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How EPIcenter, Geekdom, and Venture for America Startup Programs Adapted to the Pandemic

Launching a startup is exciting but risky to pursue, even in the best of times. Throw in a pandemic that's still impacting how we connect, collaborate, and innovate, and you've got plenty of challenges to navigate, especially for those stakeholders helping founders build and scale their young companies.We spoke with EPIcenter, Geekdom, and Venture for America San Antonio (VFA), three startup programs in San Antonio, Texas, to learn how they're adapting their entrepreneurship programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. EPIcenter The energy innovation nonprofit organization supports founders developing groundbreaking commercially viable technologies and energy infrastructure services. Chief of the EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA) Andi Littlejohn said that since its launch i...
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...
Retail Data Startup Scraffic Adds Drive-Thru Customer Tracking for Retailers
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Retail Data Startup Scraffic Adds Drive-Thru Customer Tracking for Retailers

Scraffic, a retail customer traffic-counting Software as a Service (SaaS) company, created a new drive-thru traffic tracking service after seeing for themselves the pandemic-induced shift in consumer traffic. During the retail closures of 2020, there was a 26% percent increase in drive-thru traffic in the quick-service restaurant or QSR space."As the pandemic unfolded, we watched how the traffic in our customers' stores decreased dramatically, with those numbers falling to and staying at zero in the early days of the pandemic," Scraffic CEO John West said. "We knew some of these stores would never open again. It's been tough to watch, but we've had locations close."West and chief operating officer Ryan Ward launched their in-store customer tracking startup from Geekdom in 2016. Scr...
What’s Changed in Co-Working Spaces? How San Antonio is Adapting to the Pandemic
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What’s Changed in Co-Working Spaces? How San Antonio is Adapting to the Pandemic

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed how we use co-working spaces.At first, we stayed home and worked in our sweatpants. But as the months wore on, the desire for a quiet, uncrowded workspace is driving the transformation of co-working spaces.One-way hallways, fewer desks in common areas, measures to limit how many can access spaces, and clear plastic screens to guard against airborne viruses are becoming office standards as more are seeking out co-working spaces again, say experts who predict trends in co-working. It's no longer about the growing number of new co-working places but rather, the quality of these spaces as they evolve to meet public health demands.In San Antonio, we lost several co-working spaces in 2020, including Annex Co-Working, The Garage, the Boerne-based Co...
Tech-Driven Braustin Homes Lands $1.9M Seed Funding Round
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Tech-Driven Braustin Homes Lands $1.9M Seed Funding Round

Braustin Homes, a San Antonio-based factory-built home business, has landed a $1.875 million seed funding round led by the venture capital fund Geekdom Fund, with participation from City Rise Ventures investors Graham Weston and Pat Matthews, and angel investor Pat Condon.Brothers Alberto and Jason Piña founded Braustin Homes in 2017 with a vision to build affordable manufactured homes in South and Central Texas. They plan to use the seed funding to scale operations across the state of Texas. A tech-fueled home-buying business model The Piñas discovered the homebuilding industry struggles with a complicated buying process. From its earliest days, the startup incorporated technology into their operations for a seamless customer experience. Based out of Geekdom, a downtown co-worki...
Geekdom 2020 Pre-Accelerator Startups To Pitch at Virtual Demo Day
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Geekdom 2020 Pre-Accelerator Startups To Pitch at Virtual Demo Day

For the startups participating in this year's pre-accelerator program, Geekdom did what practically everyone has done since the COVID-19 pandemic closed down public gatherings starting in March. The downtown San Antonio co-working community improvised. That means that the 2020 Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Demo Day will be viewed online Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Register to view the pitches from the seven startups here.For the third year of the startup program, Geekdom delayed its typical spring start until July 23 and ran the program until Aug. 27. Adapting the pre-accelerator program into a virtual mentoring curriculum helped broaden Geekdom's local mentoring network, said program manager Joyce Deuley.Investors from Active Capital, RealCo Longterm Accelerator, Dura Software, and Li...
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 ...