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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...
Digital Creative Institute Debuts First Digital Marketing Apprenticeship
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Digital Creative Institute Debuts First Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Digital Creative Institute (DCI) has launched the first digital marketing apprenticeship in the U.S.  The San Antonio-based company announced it had formally registered its digital creative marketing apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (DOLOA) and the Texas Workforce Commission. The Geekdom startup launched in San Antonio almost three years ago and has since opened its program in Austin, where DCI is already running an apprenticeship program. DCI offers a 12-month digital marketing mentorship program pairing participants with companies. Recent college graduates gain digital marketing skills while providing local businesses with completed projects that double as part of a student's portfolio. By graduation, apprentices have a portfolio of comp...
San Antonio’s Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Tops $40 Billion in Economic Impact for 2017
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San Antonio’s Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Tops $40 Billion in Economic Impact for 2017

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2018 Healthcare and Bioscience Economic Impact Study is based on 2017 data, according to the study authors economist Richard Butler, Ph.D., and health care administration professor Mary E. Stefl, Ph.D., both from Trinity University. The study completed in 2018 stated its conservative estimate of over $30 billion in impact on San Antonio's economy in 2017. The authors included a more comprehensive analysis of economic impact with data from UT Health San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, and some military medical presence in San Antonio. The overall impact rises to more than $40 billion when the comprehensive data is taken into account.This sector employs over 18 percent of San Antonio's population, with...
City Partnership Offers Free Kitchen Access To Launch SA Culinary Startups
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City Partnership Offers Free Kitchen Access To Launch SA Culinary Startups

For entrepreneurs starting a food truck, small restaurant, a catering business, or perhaps selling at a farmer's market, the lack of access to a commercial kitchen can be a major stumbling block. Building out even a small one can be expensive, especially for a company just launching. The City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department (SAEDD) has partnered with the Maestro Entrepreneur Center to give culinary startups participating in Launch SA programs free access to the Center’s commercial kitchen. SAEDD approved $50,000 for the Maestro Entrepreneur Center to provide 1,200 hours of free commercial kitchen access for those participating in Launch SA's culinary entrepreneurship program Break Fast and Launch, the nation's first culinary business accelerator. “At Launch SA we've seen...
Want to Launch a Podcast? NaPodPoMo Founder Jennifer Navarrete Says Do It
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Want to Launch a Podcast? NaPodPoMo Founder Jennifer Navarrete Says Do It

The thought of starting a podcast can be intimidating. San Antonio’s own Jennifer Navarrete tells everyone not to let fear ­­­­­­hold you back. She created the National Podcast Post Month or NaPodPoMo in 2007 to encourage people to dive into podcasting.“I’m still not tired of it,” Navarrete said. “For entrepreneurs, you can tell your story in a way that a business card can not—it’s the intimate act of sharing your story.”Plunging into the deep end of the podcasting pool by committing to create and upload one podcast each day in November might be more than most new to podcasting would take on.“Don’t let lack of experience stop you,” Navarrete added. “If you do NaPodPoMo, by Dec. 1 you’ll have created 30 shows and gained lots of experience in a short time.”In other wo...
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...
On Demand Startup MoveIt Takes the Pain Out of Moving
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On Demand Startup MoveIt Takes the Pain Out of Moving

What if you could use an online service to arrange for movers at a moment’s notice for an affordable price?San Antonio native Michael DeRouen launched his on-demand moving service MoveIt in September and has already completed over 20 moves in its first month of operation. The inspiration for his business concept came in March after he tried to help his mother move her washer and dryer.“With no immediate access to a truck, it was pretty tough finding a quick way to move two huge hunks of metal," DeRouen said. "After struggling with the issue for some time we came to grips with having to call a moving company.”The moving company charged DeRouen’s mother $220 on the two-hour minimum for what wound up being 30 minutes of work getting the bulky items upstairs into her new apartment....
The Man Who Reads Thousands of Books: Interview with Read It For Me CEO Steve Cunningham
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The Man Who Reads Thousands of Books: Interview with Read It For Me CEO Steve Cunningham

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information.It is not every day you interview a voracious reader who has consumed over 2,000 business and personal development books and continues to read a book every day.Steve Cunningham condenses the top points from a book each day into a 12-minute video recap for Read It For Me, his book summary service for entrepreneurs and business executives. Cunningham headed a digital marketing agency until 2016 and provided book summaries at first as a side project. The Canadian native launched his San Antonio-based startup in July 2017 after noticing how many marketing vice presidents and business owners he’d meet lacked time to read the business books in their offices. Read It For Me has t...
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...
Cannabis Startups Growing Like Weed in San Antonio
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Cannabis Startups Growing Like Weed in San Antonio

In case you haven’t noticed, cannabis entrepreneurship is exploding. As of today, the sale of recreational marijuana is legal in Canada. In the U.S. projections of legal sales of cannabis products range from $8 billion to $10 billion for 2018.San Antonio has had several dispensary shops selling legal cannabis-derived products open in late 2017 and 2018. The interest in the legal cannabis market is now taking root with the emergence of cannabis startups, including a cannabis startup program for founders looking to scale.Read more: Cannabis Accelerator Launches in San AntonioThe most recent startups to open in San Antonio offer different types of cannabis products as well as services tailored to the cannabis industry. Hemp, CBD, and Marijuana: Different Products and Regulations ...