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7 Startups Join VelocityTX Inaugural Bioscience Accelerator Cohort
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7 Startups Join VelocityTX Inaugural Bioscience Accelerator Cohort

VelocityTX announced the bioscience startups that will participate in its inaugural BioGlobal Accelerator. A selection panel chose seven international and local early-stage bioscience companies from over 140 applicants to participate in the 16-week accelerator program.VelocityTX, a subsidiary of the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF), strives to support the development of early-stage life science and technology companies in San Antonio. The new BioGlobal Accelerator is designed to help local, national, and international companies with innovative, scalable business ideas accelerate the launch of their business, VelocityTX vice president for global development David Fonseca said.The program will run from July to October 2021. A panel of local industry experts from bios...
VelocityTX Launches Bioscience Accelerator Program, Co-Working Space
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VelocityTX Launches Bioscience Accelerator Program, Co-Working Space

The innovation hub taking root on San Antonio's Eastside has launched an accelerator program for bioscience startups. VelocityTX is accepting applications for its new BioGlobal Accelerator, a 16-week accelerator program for early-stage bioscience companies.VelocityTX's mission is to support the development of more early-stage life science and technology companies in San Antonio. Its BioGlobal Accelerator is designed to help local, national, and international companies with innovative, scalable business ideas accelerate the launch of their business.The program will run from February to June 2021. A panel of 42 local industry experts from bioscience and healthcare sectors will facilitate the 21 planned modules over four months. The curriculum plan includes modules spanning concept an...
The Sonar Company Founder and CEO Nick Hayward Dead at 37
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The Sonar Company Founder and CEO Nick Hayward Dead at 37

Nick Hayward, CEO and co-founder of The Sonar Company, died in a parasailing accident in Key West on July 17. He was 37.Hayward was born in Canada but spent most of his life in Costa Rica, where he met Allan Matarrita-Chinchilla at a startup incubator in Costa Rica called Parquetec. The two founded Sports Sonar, moving to San Antonio in October 2018 after the innovation accelerator VelocityTX reached out to the sports-tech startup via its Global Accelerator Program. Sports Sonar's technology enables clients to send videos and other content to mobile phones easily and quickly without internet access by using an ultrasonic sound people can't hear. Since the COVID-19 global pandemic shut down spectator-filled crowds for sporting events, Hayward and Matarrita-Chinchilla have been ...
The Sonar Company Pivots Sound Wave Technology From Sports to Education, Nonprofits
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The Sonar Company Pivots Sound Wave Technology From Sports to Education, Nonprofits

Most startup founders learn to embrace pivoting as they search for product-market fit. Since the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the founders of  The Sonar Company have expanded their product line with new applications for the sports, education, and nonprofit sectors.CEO Nick Hayward and CIO Allan Matarrita first founded Sports Sonar in 2018 while in Costa Rica. The duo moved to San Antonio in September 2018 when VelocityTX reached out to the sports-tech startup through its Global Accelerator Program.Sports Sonar’s technology enables event sponsors to send videos and other content to mobile phones using an ultrasonic sound people can’t hear. Fans can play games on the platform that does not require using internet access. The startup can customize an app for sports clients to...
BioBridge Global To Scale Biomanufacturing at Merchants Ice Complex
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BioBridge Global To Scale Biomanufacturing at Merchants Ice Complex

The Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) revealed Tuesday that BioBridge Global (BBG) is the anchor tenant in its planned innovation hub. The first phase of the TRTF redevelopment includes $14.2 million for the BioBridge Global biomanufacturing facility and the new VelocityTX incubator and community building to be constructed as part of TRTF’s Merchants Ice complex redevelopment project on San Antonio’s Eastside.Read more: VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for DevelopmentThe facilities for GenCure, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, will include an initial 6,000 square feet of clean-room production space, expandable to 14,000 square feet, and an initial 2,500-square-foot development lab, along with office and meeting space. The new biomanuf...
VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development
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VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development

The San Antonio City Council approved a package of economic development incentives Thursday for the ambitious Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) project on San Antonio's Eastside.Robert McDermott founded TRTF in 1982 as an economic development nonprofit with an endowment fund for investing in early-stage companies. The $5.7 million incentive package is earmarked for the renovation of the empty complex of Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Company buildings on the 1300 block of East Houston Street, as well as for the construction of TRTF's new Velocity Center within the complex.The Velocity Center will house the new VelocityTX biomedical sciences innovation center.  The approved package included a $750,000 Chapter 380 agreement or economic development grant with the rest st...
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...
San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development
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San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development

The San Antonio-Austin hub of a pediatric medical device consortium announced Monday it is actively looking for innovative pediatric medical device entrepreneurs in need of investment and development resources.The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) recently received a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) five-year grant for $6.75 million. Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest children’s hospital in the U.S., and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), one of the largest recipients for pediatric federal research funding in the U.S. anchor the consortium. The FDA grant went into effect Sept. 1. and will enable the consortium to support pediatric medical device innovators with product, technology, and business acceleration services both regionally and nationally....
VelocityTX Puts Ambitious Plans into Action for Innovation
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VelocityTX Puts Ambitious Plans into Action for Innovation

The latest architect renderings of the new home for VelocityTX , an innovation hub to be located in the former Merchants Ice building, was only one of Texas Research and Technology Foundation's (TRTF) announcements. TRTF president and CEO Randy Harig updated over 200 attendees gathered at the foundation’s quarterly Emerging Venture Pipeline event Thursday on its latest efforts in fostering San Antonio's innovation. Updates covered the spectrum of technology, life science, clean energy, and student entrepreneurship developments, as well as the launch of VelocityTX's programs.The first building to be completed in the Merchant Ice complex will be VelocityTX's new headquarters, with groundbreaking expected sometime in the next three weeks, Harig said. The building should be finished someti...
VelocityTX Announces New Leadership
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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership

Jorge Varela has stepped down as CEO of VelocityTX as announced in a March 21 statement from Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF).Varela was hired May 2017 to lead VelocityTX, the innovation arm of the longstanding TRTF. Both are tasked with promoting economic development and investing in San Antonio-based businesses. VelocityTX’s focus is to accelerate the process of commercializing ideas, products, services, or processes and guides both domestic startups and international companies entering the market in the U.S.Varela confirmed his departure with Startups San Antonio via text but did not provide further comment.Varela spent the last five years as the director of the startup incubator Tech Fort Worth and was the associate director of entrepreneurship at the UNT Hea...