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Leaptran wins SBIR funding, prizes for its solar energy forecasting
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Leaptran wins SBIR funding, prizes for its solar energy forecasting

Leaptran has won significant funding for its innovative software that helps utilities manage and integrate renewable energy sources more efficiently. The San Antonio startup won a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in September for $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop its solar energy forecasting technology for rural and community use. As renewable energy sources like solar and wind power become increasingly prevalent in power generation, net load forecasting becomes more challenging. Net load forecasting refers to predicting the electricity demand after accounting for the electricity generated by renewable sources.  Electric utilities use this data for long-term planning a...
Filestack SaaS startup acquired by Houston-based Idera, Inc.
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Filestack SaaS startup acquired by Houston-based Idera, Inc.

The San Antonio-headquartered Filestack has been acquired by Idera, Inc. for an undisclosed amount Tuesday. Filestack will join Idera’s developer tools business unit, which includes apilayer, Embarcadero, Froala, FusionCharts, LANSA, Sencha, UltraEdit, and Whole Tomato.A market leader in file upload and management services for developers, Filestack’s file hosting and management service helps app developers manage the flow of user-uploaded online content, such as images, videos, and other files. Filestack was founded in 2012 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates and acquired in late 2015 by Scaleworks, a San Antonio-based venture equity fund that acquires and operates business-to-business (B2B) software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies.Idera, Inc. is the parent compa...
Smart Pill Bottle Startup PatchRx Raises $1.2M Seed Funding, Relocates to Oklahoma
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Smart Pill Bottle Startup PatchRx Raises $1.2M Seed Funding, Relocates to Oklahoma

PatchRx, a startup that combines hardware and software for improved patient adherence to taking medication, has raised $1.2 million in a seed funding round led by Atento Capital, with participation from Cortado Ventures and the Gaingels Network.The company, founded by Andrew Aertker and Gavin Buchanan while they were students at Trinity University in San Antonio, also announced the relocation of its operations to Tulsa, OK. The startup has 10 employees, according to LinkedIn.PatchRx has raised a total of $1.6M in funding over two rounds from the Tulsa-based lead investor Atento Capital for their medication management platform. According to Atento's website, they "look for exceptional entrepreneurs addressing large markets ... Being based in Tulsa is not a requirement for direct...
CNF Technologies Grow R&D Capabilities For National Cybersecurity Operations: Port San Antonio Tech Innovation Series
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CNF Technologies Grow R&D Capabilities For National Cybersecurity Operations: Port San Antonio Tech Innovation Series

CNF Technologies and its unique cybersecurity expertise has garnered national attention for this San Antonio-based company. Over the past three years, CNF Technologies has been one of the fastest movers on the Inc. 5000 list.The CNF team provides research and development, technology integration, and comprehensive cybersecurity expertise to protect national infrastructure and defense assets. They are a prime contractor for Air Force and General Services Administration security projects, which have spurred significant growth in recent years. This year, CNF also expanded its operations to Baltimore and Colorado Springs in addition to its headquarters in San Antonio.CNF Technologies’ work is featured in the latest program presented by Port San Antonio.The panel features CNF Technol...
Olifant Medical Device Protecting Healthcare Providers from COVID-19 Wins $1M Air Force Contract
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Olifant Medical Device Protecting Healthcare Providers from COVID-19 Wins $1M Air Force Contract

As more healthcare providers are exposed to COVID-19 while treating patients, innovators like Dr. Steven Venticinque are developing critically needed solutions. His startup company Olifant Medical won a $1 million Air Force award in mid-July to adapt a protective barrier device that can protect healthcare providers from COVID-19 exposure during medical procedures.This device is not the first invention that has garnered Air Force funding for Venticinque, a UT Health San Antonio anesthesiologist and former Air Force physician. He co-founded Olifant (one of the San Antonio startups to watch in 2019) in 2018 with engineer Justin Rice and scientist Christopher Carroll to bring an improved airway device to market.Carroll is Olifant's chief executive officer, Venticinque is the chief...
UTSA Piloting Innovation from Startup Leaptran To Manage Campus Energy Usage
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UTSA Piloting Innovation from Startup Leaptran To Manage Campus Energy Usage

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is working with Leaptran, one of the startups from its commercialization and innovation program, to remotely manage the energy usage of selected campus buildings in a pilot program.Leaptran's innovative technology provides users the ability to remotely track and manage a building's energy use. UTSA is assessing its use of Leaptran's electrical metering package to collect, store, transfer, and access energy usage data remotely via meter hardware, a computation and communication device, and Leaptran's software.Leaptran has developed an integrated building energy management platform that combines a battery energy storage system, internet-of-things (IoT) platform, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, remotely accessible electricity sub-meters, and en...
How BioMed SA President Ann Stevens Helped Bring FIRST Robotics to San Antonio
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How BioMed SA President Ann Stevens Helped Bring FIRST Robotics to San Antonio

Attendees at the annual BioMed SA breakfast Wednesday heard a career retrospective that honored outgoing president, Ann Stevens, who announced her decision to retire November 20.Launched in 2005, BioMed SA is a nonprofit advocacy organization former Mayor Henry Cisneros helped create to highlight San Antonio's strengths in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. Stevens, an experienced leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, worked to promote San Antonio’s industry assets across the U.S. and globally.She also sought to create connections and relationships among research organizations and educational institutions throughout the city, Walt Downing, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Southwest Research Institute told the audience. During the last decade, the...
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...
Cloudsnap Hires Former Rackspace Executive as CEO, Lands $1.8M from Active Capital to Fund Growth
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Cloudsnap Hires Former Rackspace Executive as CEO, Lands $1.8M from Active Capital to Fund Growth

Cloudsnap, a fast-growing Austin-based software company, announced Thursday a $1.8 million funding round led by San Antonio venture firm Active Capital and Houston-based Mercury Fund as well as the hiring of former Rackspace executive Matt Bradley as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Both moves help position the software as a service (SaaS) startup for more aggressive growth.Cloudsnap offers mid-sized companies a cloud-computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) system that automates the secure transfer of data between third-party software applications and a company's enterprise resource planning or ERP business process management software. Companies use ERP software to manage and integrate their financial data, supply chain, operations, reporting, manufacturing, and human resource act...
UT Health San Antonio TechNovum Accelerator for Researchers Graduates 8 New Companies
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UT Health San Antonio TechNovum Accelerator for Researchers Graduates 8 New Companies

A new accelerator program designed for aspiring life science entrepreneurs has helped in the formation of eight new biomedical startups.Earlier this year, UT Health San Antonio launched TechNovum, a new technology commercialization accelerator for faculty researchers interested in developing their inventions for the market. John Fritz and Sean Thompson of the Office of Technology Commercialization at UT Health are co-directors and mentors for the new program.The first cohort graduated two therapeutics companies, spurred the development of four new medical devices, and included two digital health startups. The companies are:Atomic Therapeutics, developing novel anticancer therapeutics for leukemia Protectum Oncology, introducing low-dose arsenic for reducing cancer therapy ...
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