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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...
San Antonio Startup Community Has Podcast Fever
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San Antonio Startup Community Has Podcast Fever

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information.There’s no denying it—podcasts are more popular than ever. The debut of Apple’s podcast analytics earlier in 2018 has helped confirm that podcast listeners are hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences. The podcast audience has consistently grown at a rate of 10 to 20 percent annually, a trend which seems likely to continue. Startups often launch a podcast because founders can tell their story directly to listeners and it doesn’t take a significant investment to get started.Many startup founders decide to launch podcasts to share their expertise. San Antonio-based innovators in the science, cybersecurity, and tech sectors share passions on web development, cryptocurrency, bios...
Startups Share Experiences from Solving City Challenges in CivTechSA
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Startups Share Experiences from Solving City Challenges in CivTechSA

Startups San Antonio continues its series of articles on different San Antonio startup programs. The first was Startups Share Experiences from Geekdom's Pre-Accelerator Program. This second story features San Antonio's CivTechSA program, a residency for startups to work closely with municipal departments in search of innovative solutions.After 16 weeks of hard work, the first CivTechSA residency ended July 27 for two San Antonio startups. Kinetech Cloud and Reckon Point worked with the City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services and the San Antonio International Airport respectively, devising solutions to their municipal challenges. The City of San Antonio program launched the CivTechSA program in late 2017 partly because the City was trying to identify different ways to expand ...
Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019
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Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019

One San Antonio university internship program placing students at local startups is expanding its local reach to college students nationwide. Students+Startups, run collaboratively between Trinity University, the nonprofit 80/20 Foundation, and San Antonio co-working community Geekdom announced the program's expansion Monday.The internship program is funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation, established by the co-founder and former Rackspace chairman Graham Weston. The 80/20 Foundation had planned on opening the application process beyond Trinity University to students at all San Antonio colleges starting in 2019, according to Weston. In its first three years, the pilot program was solely offered to Trinity University students and had experienced three years of steady growth. In 201...
Entrepreneur, Mentor, and Teacher Hitish Nathani Dead at 33
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Entrepreneur, Mentor, and Teacher Hitish Nathani Dead at 33

Hitish Nathani died Friday unexpectedly, as confirmed in a Facebook statement Saturday. Services will be held at the M.E. Rodriguez Funeral Home, 511 Guadalupe Street July 4 at 10 a.m. Nathani’s family have asked attendees to please bring a photo of Hitish to share and help celebrate his life.A GoFundMe account has been set up for Nathani’s family, click on the link if you wish to contribute.The news of Nathani’s death Friday evening at the age of 33 shook the San Antonio community, as the enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurs across industries had impacted so many lives.In his position as the director of the Learning Company, Nathani worked tirelessly with students at the Alamo Colleges in its startup boot camp training the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.  H...
Bunker Labs Partners with WeWork to Help ‘Vetrepreneurs’
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Bunker Labs Partners with WeWork to Help ‘Vetrepreneurs’

Active duty military members and veterans are well positioned for entrepreneurship, used to the discipline and demanding pace from a career in military service. Many “vetrepreneurs” benefit from joining a program tailored for military members to learn what it takes to launch a startup business. Since launching its San Antonio chapter in December 2017, Bunker Labs San Antonio has been busy providing this service, helping military members from the seventh floor of the downtown Rand Building in the Geekdom co-working space.Bunker Labs has partnered with the co-working space WeWork on a Veterans in Residence program. After incubating the new program in Denver, Bunker Labs is expanding this program nationally to provide fully sponsored workspace to 11 tribes or groups of 10 veterans across ...
Startups Share Experiences from Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program
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Startups Share Experiences from Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program

The growth in entrepreneurially-minded founders developing new companies in San Antonio is driving demand for early-stage startup programs. In response, downtown San Antonio co-working space Geekdom launched its Pre-Accelerator program in April with six startups in its first cohort. The program is designed to prepare San Antonio startups for an accelerator or seed investment while learning from expert mentorship.Read more: Geekdom’s New Pre-Accelerator Program to Mentor 6 StartupsThe six teams will present at the Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Demo Day May 31 at the Aztec Theater. Register at the event link for a free ticket. Each team will pitch for three to five minutes, answer questions, and receive feedback. The Alamo Angels have committed a $25,000 minimum early-stage financing equit...
Buy a Braustin Home Using an App on Your Cellphone
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Buy a Braustin Home Using an App on Your Cellphone

On the eighth floor of Geekdom, a downtown co-working office space, brothers Alberto and Jason Piña are busy responding to customers buying a mobile home. The brothers founded Braustin Mobile Homes in early 2017 as a disruptive mobile home dealership, giving prospective customers virtual reality home model tours and sending customers drone videos of the progress on their build site.Since January, their customers have also been buying homes using what most of us carry in our hand or our back pocket—a cellphone.The co-founders soon realized the need for a documents processing app to give customers an easier way to buy a home using nothing more complicated than a cellphone for their purchase. The Braustin Docs app streamlines the home buying process from submitting the financial quali...
Easy Expunctions Wins $100K Capitol Factory Challenge
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Easy Expunctions Wins $100K Capitol Factory Challenge

For any promising startup, winning $100,000 in a pitch competition can be game-changing. For San Antonio-based Easy Expunctions, winning the Capitol Factory $100,000 cash investment out of 151 San Antonio-area entrepreneurs competing in the pitch challenge Tuesday at Geekdom is a resounding vote of confidence in founder Yousef Kassim and his startup's legal document automation service.For people seeking an expunction, a legal process for permanently removing certain types of arrests, charges, or convictions from a person's public records, Easy Expunctions offers an online legal software service that checks a person's record for eligibility without the need to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees for traditional legal services. Kassim developed patented software algorithms based on a ...