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XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio
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XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio

At a custom-built 7,000-square-foot facility on Port San Antonio's campus, a Netherlands-based company has been assessing its airplane paint-stripping robot. After extensive testing and validation from the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), XYREC, a global innovator in applied robotic technology solutions, is ready to launch its first robotic plane paint-stripping operation in North American. XYREC has produced the world's largest industrial robot, measuring at over 72 feet when fully extended. It comes equipped with a high-powered laser that rapidly strips paint from any size aircraft without damaging the airframe. The automated de-coating of the plane is precise down to the micron level and can stop before removing a specified layer of paint or coating. The robotic system is mounted o...
UTSA Opens Science and Engineering Building, Advanced Maker Space
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UTSA Opens Science and Engineering Building, Advanced Maker Space

San Antonio college students pursuing science and engineering have gained cutting-edge research laboratories and an advanced technology maker space at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). After three years of construction, the new Science and Engineering Building (SEB) will open August 22. The $95 million, 160,349 square-foot space will provide much-needed laboratories and classrooms, as well as an expansive collaboration space for UTSA students researching brain health, chemical engineering, computer and electrical engineering, biology, and chemistry, University officials stated. The new facility is a big part of UTSA's strategy to become a destination for research excellence. "The SEB has been in the making for a long time—conversations for it were already happening wh...
Port San Antonio’s New Innovation Webinar Series Spotlights Knight Aerospace COVID-19 Air Transport Modules
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Port San Antonio’s New Innovation Webinar Series Spotlights Knight Aerospace COVID-19 Air Transport Modules

Port San Antonio's first program highlighting local innovators featured new technology that makes air transport and in-flight care for COVID-19 patients safer, faster, and more scalable than ever before. Joining the discussion were Knight Aerospace president and CEO Bianca Rhodes; Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Paul K. Carlton (Ret.), former U.S. Air Force Surgeon General and Knight Aerospace's medical adviser; San Antonio Economic Development Foundation president and CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, and Port San Antonio president and CEO Jim Perschbach. Iris Gonzalez, publisher of StartupsSanAntonio.com, moderated the recorded panel discussion. Retired Lt. Gen. Dr. Paul K. Carlton, who served as the U.S. Air Force's Surgeon General from 1999 to 2002, has advised Knight Aerospace engineers over many y...
UTSA Innovation and Commercialization Help Researchers Get Ideas to Market In Challenging Times
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UTSA Innovation and Commercialization Help Researchers Get Ideas to Market In Challenging Times

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OCI) kept a tight schedule meeting with researchers interested in developing an idea for the market. OCI is busier than ever working virtually with UTSA faculty on technology transfers, commercialization, and connecting scientists to newly available federal funding resources. UTSA's program provides intellectual property management and licensing, proof-of-concept development, new venture incubation, and entrepreneurial training that can accelerate the transition of intellectual property from the university to industry, OCI director Christine Burke explained. Their work now includes a new focus—helping researchers launch a company in an economically fraught era ...
What Does San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Need?
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What Does San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Need?

Many people are betting on San Antonio’s future as a city known for its innovation. Momentum is building across the Alamo City’s major technology, cybersecurity, and bioscience sectors as more entrepreneurially minded inventors and scientists launch new companies. Venture capitalists (VCs) are also looking in San Antonio for promising startups. Investors often diversify their portfolios as a cushion against market volatility. That makes San Antonio a good place to invest—we stand out as a city with unique, diverse capabilities. A big part of a VC’s due diligence is asking founders hard questions. Is an early-stage company working on a significant problem with a sizable market that can be scaled into a solid solution? Getting to the point where a founder can satisfactorily answe...
Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator
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Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator

San Antonio-based Cityflag, a startup that develops civic engagement technological platforms for local governments, has been chosen as one of 10 companies participating in a new Techstars accelerator program. The global entrepreneurial network announced Wednesday the launch of its Techstars Arcadis City of 2030 accelerator program designed for companies pioneering far-reaching technologies that will define the quality of life for residents in cities. Arcadis, a leading global design firm focused on infrastructure, sustainable water, buildings, and environmental solutions, has partnered with Techstars on the accelerator program to support companies developing innovative ideas that will shape the future of cities. The new three-month accelerator program is based in Amsterdam, The Netherla...
Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities
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Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities

Plans for an ambitious innovation campus at Port San Antonio have gotten one step closer to realization. Port board members voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a pre-development 120-day agreement with American Triple I Partners, LLC. The memorandum of understanding outlines how the Port will work with American Triple I Partners to build the innovation center on the 1,900-acre campus first proposed in 2018. Sundt Infrastructure Development will support Triple I during the pre-development phase. American Triple I Partners is an infrastructure private equity firm that focuses on transportation, information technology, and smart city investments. The same partners will also work on the concept development for a second facility as part of the Port’s Project Tech complex. The new build...
Port San Antonio Unveils Plans for STEM Innovation Campus
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Port San Antonio Unveils Plans for STEM Innovation Campus

Port San Antonio ‘s conceptual plan for a proposed innovation campus is garnering attention, and not just for its planned technology arena. The Port is leveraging its existing structures to refine its vision of connecting the capabilities across their entire campus to innovators throughout San Antonio, the state of Texas, and globally, Port San Antonio president and chief executive officer Jim Perschbach said. “It’s not just about these buildings, it’s about capturing the spirit of innovation so we can provide solutions for a connected world,” Perschbach said. “They are tremendous opportunities here in San Antonio—one of the world’s largest communities of cybersecurity experts—to work closely with big industries and have a better understanding of the cyber threats that could cripple the...
From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub
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From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub

Jim Brazell is a high-technology start-up veteran who worked for software and Internet companies locally since 1989. Brazell provides technology forecasts for the State of Texas, public policy reports including a book chapter featuring San Antonio cybersecurity, and writes essays on education and technology for national publications. Brazell recently presented on San Antonio, City of Innovation (1718-2018) at CyberTexas 2018. Brazell shares his perspectives on how San Antonio can become recognized as a city of innovation. San Antonio is not well-known as a city of innovation, but it should be. In fact, in its November 2018 issue, Inc. Magazine argued the Alamo City has been a tech hotspot since 1985 when the U.S. Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission at Lackland Air ...
How Collaboration Contributes to Innovation
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How Collaboration Contributes to Innovation

Dale Bracey has been with Rackspace since 2004 when he started working with the company’s data center hardware inventory. Today, Bracey is a technical account manager who has worked with many San Antonio startup entrepreneurs over the years. Bracey shares his views on the evolution of San Antonio’s startup scene and how he has seen firsthand the benefits of collaboration fostering innovation. San Antonio’s innovation startup community is growing and relatively young in its evolution. In the early stages of most startup ecosystems, you see specialists emerge to focus on their area of expertise. We now have many entrepreneur and innovator groups focused on a single interest, like filmmaking, video game production, bioscience, or information security. Each is hyper-specialist in their resp...