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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 Startups The 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...
Blue Duck Launches Transportation Sharing Startup with Dockless Scooters
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Blue Duck Launches Transportation Sharing Startup with Dockless Scooters

The next wave of transportation innovation is coming, and it’s originating from a San Antonio-based startup. Blue Duck Scooters will soon offer rentable electric-powered scooters at college campuses and city downtowns, with the imminent launch of its first 1,000 scooters in San Antonio’s urban areas “within days,” according to Blue Duck co-founder and president Eric Bell. The company tested its dockless scooters at SXSW in March and at the SA Tech Trek last week during Fiesta. Read more: SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District A user downloads the free Blue Duck Scooter app to locate the nearest scooter, then scans its QR code to unlock and rent it. Each scooter weighs 24 pounds and when fully charged, has a range of 18 miles at a maximum speed of about 16 ...
SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District
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SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District

SA Tech Trek was bigger this year, with more startup companies, more stops, and more people who came to check out San Antonio’s growing startup scene. The tech-oriented Fiesta event designed to showcase San Antonio’s tech ecosystem drew larger than expected crowds of local entrepreneurs and visitors curious to visit startup companies in the downtown tech district. Tech Bloc and Geekdom co-hosted the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s second SA Tech Trek, with AT&T serving as the event’s title sponsor. In 2017 SA Tech Trek logged over 1,000 total entrepreneurs, executives, students and tech employees visiting startups in the Rand Building on 110 E. Houston Street and the Vogue Building on 600 Navarro Street. Geekdom estimates 2018 turnout will be almost double, given that registration...
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 ...
Geekdom’s New Pre-Accelerator Program to Mentor 6 Startups
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Geekdom’s New Pre-Accelerator Program to Mentor 6 Startups

What happens when there are over 1,700 entrepreneurially-minded members developing new businesses in a co-working space? The demand for early-stage startup programs surges. In response, the downtown San Antonio co-working space Geekdom launched its new Pre-Accelerator and announced the first 6 startups to be admitted to the program Tuesday. Designed to prepare local San Antonio startups for an accelerator or seed investments, the program allows startups to continue working on their product while learning from expert mentorship. The companies include the following: Scraffic partners with retail software providers to offer retailers valuable foot traffic in stores of all sizes. Ractive develops interactive virtual reality virtual training content using “gamification” to develop g...
EPIcenter Announces Incubator, First Energy Startups
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EPIcenter Announces Incubator, First Energy Startups

EPIcenter has chosen the first two San Antonio-based startup companies to join its new Energy Incubator and Accelerator program. EPIcenter CEO Kimberly Britton will announce and introduce Go Smart Solar and Morton Gestalt at downtown San Antonio co-working space Geekdom Tuesday afternoon. The incubator aims to help budding entrepreneurs develop innovative business ideas in the energy sector. EPIcenter plans to transform a century-old power plant on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk into a world-class center that will house the nonprofit organization’s think tank, incubator, and exhibit space highlighting innovation in clean energy. While the $74 million project is in the design and fundraising phase, EPIcenter occupies space in Geekdom and is working closely with the co-wor...
After 1 Year, RealCo has 7 Startups, 1 New Managing Director, and Ambitious Plans
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After 1 Year, RealCo has 7 Startups, 1 New Managing Director, and Ambitious Plans

The first year of the RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program has been extremely productive. The accelerator started in March 2017 with two companies and now has seven in its cohort. RealCo also celebrated its anniversary by announcing its latest addition to lead the company— the new managing director, Richard Grote. Grote started at RealCo Monday and joins Michael Girdley, the founding RealCo partner and co-founder and managing director for the Geekdom Fund, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage tech startups. Co-founder RealCo partner Chris Saum, who helped start MUD Geochemical Inc., a software startup that sold research and development services to the oil and gas industry, and partner Jenni White, former chief of operations at Codeup, round out RealCo’s managing team. Real...
FloatMe App Links Workers to Paycheck Sooner for Less
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FloatMe App Links Workers to Paycheck Sooner for Less

Financial emergencies can happen anytime. When they do, a surprise expense that pops up in-between paychecks can trigger late fees from not paying bills on time, to mounting bank fees from over insufficient funds and overdraft fees, to exorbitant interest on payday loans. Founder Josh Sanchez experienced this when he had unexpected car expenses once and was short that week. After getting a payday loan for $200 that turned into a $250 payback balance after only two weeks, Sanchez started thinking of less expensive options to access money short term. His idea turned into FloatMe, an app that enables workers to get a “float” or short-term advance on their next paycheck without paying hefty fees or interest. Once Sanchez paid back his payday loan, he discovered the high costs for many de...
Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition
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Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg Competition

Five Trinity University student entrepreneur teams were each awarded $5,000 in seed funding Tuesday evening in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. This university-wide competition consisted of 10 student venture teams selected from a pool of applicants to present their business concepts before a panel of judges with entrepreneurial expertise. The five winning teams pitched wide-ranging businesses: MONA is an augmented reality (AR) app that enables users to use real-world objects like embroidered patches that can project three-dimensional objects in augmented reality when scanned. InterSourcing provides U.S. businesses access to international production and customized solutions in manufacturing when the business is ready to scale up in growth. PATCH, or  Pill Adm...