Connecting to Community

Monday, October 11, 2021

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Latina/x Entrepreneurs: Breaking Through in SA
Belinda Medellin
Belinda Medellin
Bmyvillage, Founder & CEO
Sharon Gutierrez
Sharon Gutierrez
Pretty Simple, Co-Founder
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal

Join our panel as three generations of Latinas discuss and share how they each overcame cultural, social, and gender biases in their entrepreneurship journeys. Their shared goal in hosting this conversation is for Latina/x to be able to find their most authentic voice and to rise up and move forward together.  

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

- CDT
Starting Up For Good: Launching Social Impact Organizations
H. Drew Galloway
H. Drew Galloway
BRIDGE, Founder & Executive Director
Valerie Reiffert
Valerie Reiffert
Radical Registrars, Executive Director
Eduardo Bravo
Eduardo Bravo
Irys Technologies, Inc., Co-founder & CFO

What would a seed round for a more just society look like? Starting any new venture is a challenge, but launching social impact nonprofits and civic technology companies brings its own unique opportunities. Join our panelists as we discuss founding social justice nonprofit organizations from the ground up, building innovative projects to organize our communities and government, and how philanthropy and companies must be catalysts for change.

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

Friday, October 15, 2021

- CDT
Redefining the "Social" in Social Media
Joel Harris
Joel Harris
Curate, Co-founder
Cayce Harris
Cayce Harris
Curate, Co-Founder
Bob Anglin
Bob Anglin
Arro Technologies, Chief Production Officer
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal

Created by the launch of SixDegrees.com in 1997, social media is now nearly 25 years old and still proving to be a medium with the power to disrupt, innovate, and even (re)shape the lives of its users.  With its unbelievably rapid rise as an industry and profit center, the general public is still grappling with questions of privacy, security, and equity among these communication platforms.  

Join us as we feature two San Antonio startups in the social media space, Arro Social and Curate, as they showcase their respective services and discuss how they're tackling some of the biggest concerns people face with the most popular platforms! 

Panelists: 

  • Bob Anglin of Arro Social
  • Cayce Harris of Curate
  • Joel Harris of Curate

Moderator: 

  • Dax Moreno

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

- CDT
SmartSA Sandbox @ Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair

Design. Make. Experiment. Play! Join the City of San Antonio, SmartSA & Hemisfair in a family-friendly event exploring the future of our City!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR TICKET!

The City of San Antonio led by the Office of Innovation, has partnered with SmartSA, Hemisfair and local organizations to launch SmartSA Sandbox, a family-friendly pop-up event that is a hands-on opportunity for residents to experience and imagine the future of San Antonio. The event at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair is the second of a series of SmartSA Sandbox events hosted by the Office of Innovation in each Innovation Zone (Brooks, Downtown, and the Medical Center). The event will feature demonstrations of emerging technology, electric cars, Autonomous vehicles, robotics, and more! The whole family can participate in workshops building cutting-edge technology and city-building skills! Attendees can also enjoy a live DJ and a variety of local food innovations from nearby restaurants featuring San Antonio’s food scene.


SmartSA Sandbox at Hemisfair is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 18, 2021

- CDT
Our Digital Future: A Conversation on SA Digital Connects
Marina Gavito
Marina Gavito
SA Digital Connects, Executive Director
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal
Laura Cole
Laura Cole
Bibliotech, Administrator
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer

Join SASW as we welcome Marina Gavito, the newly-minted Executive Director of SA Digital Connects, to our stage alongside two board members of SA Digital Connects - Brian Dillard and Laura Cole, for a conversation on her new organization, its mission, and how she'll be working to impact the digital future of San Antonio!

From our friends at the SA Report:

"A new nonprofit launched last month called San Antonio Digital Connects has developed a road map aimed at closing this digital divide. Now it’s seeking local, state, and federal funding to fulfill its ambitious goals.

On Monday, the organization launched its advocacy effort and announced that former USAA and Rackspace executive Marina Alderete Gavito will serve as its founding executive director. Gavito will lead the charge for the public-private-community collaboration."

- CDT
Live Recording: San Antonio Podcast Network | Searching for SA
Michelle Vallejo
Michelle Vallejo
Hustle + Socialize, Co-Founder
Christina Jovanna Olivarez
Christina Jovanna Olivarez
Christina SBG, LLC | Hustle + Socialize, LLC, Founder + CEO | Co-founder
Zachary Espericueta
Zachary Espericueta
San Antonio Podcast Network, Podcast Host

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On this episode of Searching for San Antonio, we invite the founders of Hustle + Socialize back on the podcast to see what they’ve been up to since our original podcast recording in April of 2021. We get to learn about their recent annual conference as well as their 1-day “Build, Protect, Transfer” summit that was in collaboration with San Antonio Startup Week (SASW) 2021. Tune in to learn more about how Hustle + Socialize is Empowering women around San Antonio and South Texas to transform their mindsets and build their legacy.

Founded in 2018, Hustle + Socialize is a network built by and for ambitious women of South Texas. Through trainings, workshops, and their annual conference, H+S empowers women to discover new ways to harness their unique strengths, elevate their skills, leverage their value, and better advocate for both themselves and their companies.

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

- CDT
Navigating Sustainability in Entrepreneurship
Sharmon Lebby
Sharmon Lebby
Ethical Network of San Antonio, President
Mar-y-Sol Salinas-McCoy
Mar-y-Sol Salinas-McCoy
Essential Wisdom Coaching, Founder | Integral & Transpersonal Coach | Consultant

Sustainable businesses come in all shapes and sizes. We'll chat with businesses from a few sectors and learn what got them started and how they keep things going. Let's walk through the pros and cons of starting a business with sustainability in mind.

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

- CDT
City Changers Happy Hour

Join Geekdom, the City of San Antonio's Office of Innovation, and Venture for America for a networking happy hour with fellow innovators that are inspired to spark change and create long-lasting impact in our city.

Friday, October 22, 2021

- CDT
Inventor's Corner: Live Pitch & Feedback Session
Amy Wees
Amy Wees
Amazing at Home eCommerce Consulting, Founder
Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez
Alamo Inventors Inc. (501c3), Founder/Director
George Burkhardt
George Burkhardt
Brukhardt Designs, LLC, Owner

Do you have an idea you're working on bringing to market? Or a product you've already launched that you'd like more traction on? Maybe you want to license your idea? Attend this session and learn a ton or register to present your idea/project to our panel of inventors, legal experts, and brand owners. Most importantly, ask your questions and get key feedback.

If you'd like to present your idea live to our panel of inventors, please register here:

Sign Up List for Inventors Corner!

This session is hosted by Alamo Inventors Group - Alamo Inventors was founded in 2000 and welcomes members and guests to join in with like-minded people from around the area in achieving success in their inventions.

The group exists to help people to collaborate, interact, inform, and learn about inventing, marketing, manufacturing, protecting, and learning how to succeed with inventions. The mission of the Alamo Inventors is to be a compass, resource, and inspiration for inventors and entrepreneurs as they launch their concepts to market.

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.