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The Health Cell State of the Industry Highlights Bioscience and Healthcare Innovation
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The Health Cell State of the Industry Highlights Bioscience and Healthcare Innovation

If you want to know about the cutting edge of bioscience and healthcare in San Antonio, mark your calendar for the evening of January 30. That night the annual State of the Industry will feature speakers sharing five compelling San Antonio healthcare and bioscience stories. The Health Cell is the San Antonio-based nonprofit organization focused on professional development and collaboration within San Antonio's healthcare and bioscience fields. It hosts the annual event to shine a light on the breadth and depth of innovation pursued by some of the city's game-changing researchers, entrepreneurs, and organizations. “This is a great representation of the advancements being made across San Antonio’s healthcare and bioscience sectors,” said Pratap Khanwilkar, The Health Cell president and...
Chargify Grows As SaaS Companies Need More Flexible Billing
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Chargify Grows As SaaS Companies Need More Flexible Billing

Consumers like fixed pricing and an easy payment process when it’s time to spend money on recurring purchases. That explains why the subscription model of billing for services has exploded over the past decade. Starting in the business-to-business (B2B) software to consumer services, subscription billing has become the business model for products and services from shaving supplies to online streaming video and more. Benefits for companies using the subscription billing model include better customer retention, higher lifetime value from customers, and more predictable revenues. Customized subscription billing can get complicated pretty quickly, however. Get it wrong, and a bad customer experience could mean lost clients and revenue. That’s where Chargify comes in as a leader in the su...
Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials—PATCH
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Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials—PATCH

Conducting clinical drug trials data can be challenging and gets expensive when it comes to collecting enough verified data on patients taking medicine correctly. Two Trinity University students are launching a smart pill bottle that could revolutionize clinical trials and possibly help prevent drug abuse of potentially addicting pain medication. PATCH, or Pill Administering Technology for Compliant Healthcare, is an internet-connected pill bottle that gives clinical trial researchers the ability to track a patient remotely. Two student co-founders submitted the PATCH concept to Trinity University’s annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, a two-part pitch competition hosted each spring and the fall. PATCH’s Andrew Aertker ’19 is majoring in computer science while Gavin Buchanan, ’...
Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance
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Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance

Most insurance providers tend to tailor their cyber insurance policies for large-scale enterprises. Business owners usually must pay large annual premiums upfront for oftentimes confusing coverage options that lack historical data to quantify cybersecurity risks. Most policies do not cover cyber-instigated business interruption which can lead to significant losses in online revenue. If the company files a claim, the investigation can take many months during which the owner must survive financially before receiving a payout on an insurance policy. Lacking the robust reserves of larger companies, small- or medium-sized business owners may face bankruptcy in the aftermath of a cyber event. “Applying analog methods to quantify digital risk just doesn’t work—actuary tables for cyber risk...
BioMed SA Unveils Strategic Plan for Bioscience and Healthcare Sectors
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BioMed SA Unveils Strategic Plan for Bioscience and Healthcare Sectors

BioMed SA unveiled its detailed action plan to identify, develop and recommend specific opportunities for growing San Antonio’s biomedical sector. Highlights from the industry action plan were presented to healthcare and bioscience local stakeholders at the organization’s annual membership meeting Tuesday morning. BioMed SA is a nonprofit organization established in 2005 to raise the visibility of San Antonio's biomedical and healthcare sectors.  During the last decade, the organization's mission has evolved to include economic development, BioMed SA president Ann Stevens said. The industry action plan is part of the City of San Antonio’s overall strategic plan for economic development called Forefront SA. Working in concert with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, BioMed SA’s ...
VelocityTX International Accelerator Brings Innovations to San Antonio
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VelocityTX International Accelerator Brings Innovations to San Antonio

Startups San Antonio continues its series on startup programs based in San Antonio, Texas. You can read previous articles on Geekdom’s pre-accelerator program, the CivTechSA program for startups, RealCo’s long-term accelerator program, and EPIcenter's clean energy innovation programs. Six Latin American startups have settled in San Antonio after completing a three-month-long VelocityTX accelerator program. The innovation hub on San Antonio’s East Side created its Global Accelerator Program (GAP) to give international companies a pathway to fast track their growth in the U.S. The six teams graduated from the first cohort Wednesday and all plan to grow their companies for the U.S. market. VelocityTX partnered with three entrepreneurial organizations—OBr of Brazil, Austral Incuba of Chi...
Project QUEST Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program First in Texas
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Project QUEST Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program First in Texas

Project QUEST, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that matches San Antonio-area residents to career-track training programs, launched the first cybersecurity apprenticeship program in Texas. A nationally registered apprenticeship with the U.S. Department of Labor, Project QUEST manages the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software San Antonio (CICESS-SA), an industry-led partnership with community colleges that combines education and apprenticeship to train applicants in secure software development. CICESS apprentices work with local employer partners for the hands-on experience using their newly acquired skills in secure coding to develop computer software in a way that guards against the accidental introduction of security vulnerabilities. The work-study pr...
EPIcenter Incubator, Accelerator Programs Help Startups Launch Clean Energy Innovations
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EPIcenter Incubator, Accelerator Programs Help Startups Launch Clean Energy Innovations

Startups San Antonio continues its series on significant San Antonio startup programs. You can read articles on Geekdom’s pre-accelerator program, the CivTechSA program for startups, and RealCo’s long-term accelerator program. San Antonio also has a pre-incubator, an incubator, and an accelerator program specifically designed for startups working on clean energy innovation. Read more about EPIcenter and its unique programs. Many may not know San Antonio ranked as the sixth highest U.S. city in solar energy capacity in 2017, according to the report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. “New energy” is focused on renewable or alternative clean energy sources or enhancements on current methods, a rapidly emerging industry that is one of sev...
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...
Flightpath Finance Closes $515K Seed Round, Wins $25K Geekdom Community Fund
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Flightpath Finance Closes $515K Seed Round, Wins $25K Geekdom Community Fund

Flightpath Finance, a financial modeling service for small to mid-sized technology companies, announced Tuesday their $515,000 seed round investment from a leading venture capital firm and angel investors. The Geekdom member startup also won the Geekdom Community Fund $25,000 award Friday. The company sells the Connected Financial Model, a financial modeling software as a service (SaaS) planning tool for businesses to track and forecast revenue, cash, and expenses. The platform integrates with the customer’s accounting and internal data sources to provide a financial dashboard that is always up-to-date. Active Capital, a San Antonio-based venture firm that leads seed rounds for founder-led, business-to-business (B2B) SaaS companies, led Flightpath Finance’s seed investment funding ro...