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Geekdom Startup Allosense Wins Air Force Funding for Asset Trackers
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Geekdom Startup Allosense Wins Air Force Funding for Asset Trackers

Winning an Air Force contract estimated at a potential total value of up to $5 million has been game-changing for one Geekdom startup company producing internet-of-things or IoT tracking devices. Allosense founder Roman Sandoval applied to the competitive awards-based Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and won a Phase 1 SBIR award for $50,000 in December 2019. Allosense provides an easy way for companies or organizations looking to integrate the use of smart sensors for tracking assets. The asset trackers are cellphone-sized devices that are always in communication, either on-demand or via a data stream. “We make always-connected sensors that can be used as asset trackers in logistics,” Sandoval said. “Our ‘Sensing-as-a-Service’ can be used in many different ...
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...
Trinity University Students+Startups Internship Program Moves to San Antonio Area Foundation
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Trinity University Students+Startups Internship Program Moves to San Antonio Area Foundation

Trinity University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the nonprofit 80/20 Foundation announced the transfer of operations of the Students+Startups internship program to the San Antonio Area Foundation Thursday. Trinity University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship developed and lead, in collaboration with Geekdom and the 80/20 Foundation the internship program. The internship program that started by placing Trinity students at local startups expanded its local reach to college students nationwide in 2019. The 10-week internship program was managed collaboratively between Trinity and the 80/20 Foundation and funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation. In its first three years, the pilot program was solely offered to Trinity University students and had experie...
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...
After the Geekdom Pre-Accelerator, FloatMe App Secures $25K from Alamo Angels
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After the Geekdom Pre-Accelerator, FloatMe App Secures $25K from Alamo Angels

The Alamo Angels have committed to investing at least $25,000  in early-stage financing equity funding for FloatMe, Alamo Angels executive director Cat Dizon announced at the investors’ event Wednesday evening. Founder Josh Sanchez experienced firsthand paying for unexpected car expenses with a payday loan for $200 that turned into a $250 payback balance after only two weeks. Sanchez started thinking of less expensive options to access money short term and developed the FloatMe app in 2017 to enable workers to get a “float” or short-term advance on their next paycheck without paying hefty fees or interest. The other startup to receive a $25,000 Alamo Angels investment was Checkups,  a San Antonio-based startup provides bond agencies and local municipal jurisdictions a mobile applicat...
Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Participant Checkups Scores $25K from Alamo Angels
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Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Participant Checkups Scores $25K from Alamo Angels

The Alamo Angels have committed to investing at least $25,000  in early-stage financing equity funding for Checkups, Alamo Angels executive director Cat Dizon announced at the investors’ event Wednesday evening. The San Antonio-based startup provides bond agencies and local municipal jurisdictions a mobile application and software platform for monitoring clients who are out on bond while awaiting trial. Founder Enrique Pavlioglou was one of six San Antonio startups participating in Geekdom’s six-week pre-accelerator program. Josh Sanchez's FloatMe was the other pre-accelerator startup participant that also received a $25,000 Alamo Angels investment. "Alamo Angels saw a huge opportunity to invest in both companies and add them to our growing portfolio of local startups," Alamo Angels ...
Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program Prepares Startups for Early-Stage Funding
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Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program Prepares Startups for Early-Stage Funding

Six San Antonio startups are using the opportunity to learn over the past six weeks from seasoned entrepreneurs and experts what it takes to grow their company. Coworking space Geekdom has been working closely with founders participating in its 2019 Pre-Accelerator program cohort since early April. The six teams will pitch at the Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Demo Day May 22 at the Aztec Theater. Register at the event link for a free ticket. The six teams include the following startups. Drones of Prey seeks to protect people and businesses against aerial terrorist attacks from commercialized drones by conducting risk assessments and creating defense strategies. Ah!Count helps accounting firms streamline operations and increase client security through its affordable document managem...
‘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...
City of San Antonio and Kinetech Cloud Launch New Utility Assistance Program Application
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City of San Antonio and Kinetech Cloud Launch New Utility Assistance Program Application

The City of San Antonio and its technology startup partner Kinetech Cloud launched a new online application for residents seeking emergency utility bill assistance Wednesday. The City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services (DHS) worked with Kinetech Cloud to develop the Emergency Utility Bill Assistance online application. It replaces the original paper-driven process of printing the paper application, photocopying supporting documentation such as a photo identification card, proof of income, and utility bill, and mailing the completed package or submitting it in person. City residents can now complete the application online, uploading documents via their smartphone or tablet’s built-in camera. Kinetech Cloud developed the utility rebate program application for the City to manage...
Geekdom Co-Founder Launching Startup School in the Rand Building— ‘The District’
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Geekdom Co-Founder Launching Startup School in the Rand Building— ‘The District’

Geekdom is launching an entrepreneurship school with one of its co-founders as “headmaster.” The District will offer a repeating six-week entrepreneurship course of nighttime classes. Geekdom co-founder Nick Longo founded the new school to teach students “about the entrepreneur’s toolbox and how to use those tools effectively,” he told Startups San Antonio. Cost for Geekdom members will be $299, $499 for nonmembers. There are 100 available slots for the three cohorts scheduled in 2019. The first class of 36 students debuts Feb. 4, 2019. To get on the application list, email TheDistrict@geekdom.com or visit The District’s website. The course will take place in the newly renovated basement in the Rand Building on Houston Street. Geekdom CEO David Garcia explained how Geekdom's basement...