Dry Goods Building

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Monday, October 11, 2021

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Rethinking San Antonio Startup Week & Beyond
Thu Nguyen
Thu Nguyen
80|20 Foundation, Director of Programs
Leslie Chasnoff
Leslie Chasnoff
Geekdom, Programs Director
Christian Reed-Ogba
Christian Reed-Ogba
EHCU PUBLIC RELATIONS, CEO
Sarah Woolsey
Sarah Woolsey
The Impact Guild

To kick off the next two weeks, join us and a panel of inspiring leaders who have been part of the San Antonio community getting things done. Learn what challenges they've experienced in the past (and during COVID), and what they want to see in the future of our community. Bring your appetites for discussion because this is not a session you're going to want to miss.

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

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Get to Know Your Alamo Angels
Sebastian Garzon
Sebastian Garzon
Alamo Angels, ED
Paul Guerra
Paul Guerra
StockX, Chief Information Security Officer

Hear from local angel investors on their individual investing philosophies when evaluating early-stage companies. Topics of discussion include do’s and don’ts of pitching, what investors look for in founders, and what it takes for them to write a check. 

If you are a startup raising funds, this is a session you can’t afford to miss! 

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

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Startup Spotlight: Irys
Beto Gomez
Beto Gomez
Irys, Co-Founder & COO
Alexandra Frey
Alexandra Frey
80|20 Foundation, Executive Director

Irys (formerly CityFlag) is "empowering decision-making and building happier communities" by being the complete solution to connect your community to your municipalities and government entities.

Learn more about Irys here: https://heyirys.com/ or come out and talk to Beto!  

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved. 

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

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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.

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Visionary Leadership
Ian Friedel
Ian Friedel
Brand Author, Creative Director
Zahra Cruzan
Zahra Cruzan
Brand Author, CEO/Director of Brand Strategy

Across all industries, the most notable CEOs operate from a place of visionary leadership. In this session, brand strategists Zahra Cruzan and Ian Friedel, founders of Brand Author, will explore the 3 components of great visionary leadership and share actionable steps you can take as a leader to make massive impact for your brand. 

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

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Data Doesn't Lie: The Future of Downtown SA
David Mongeau
David Mongeau
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Founding Director, School of Data Science and Professor of Practice, University College

Led by the vision of its Founding Director, David Mongeau, and championed by community leader Graham Weston, the UTSA School of Data Science is gearing up to unleash thousands of students each year into the urban corridor of downtown San Antonio starting in 2022!  

Where will we feel the impact of these students the most?  How will they live/work/play in our ever-evolving urban corridor?  What does this mean for businesses and communities in the area?  What kinds of companies will now come knocking on the doors of San Antonio in an effort to win the hearts of this specialized talent ready to enter the workforce?  

Join author & Geekdom Media CEO, Lorenzo Gomez III, as he interviews these two visionaries on their thoughts of the future of downtown San Antonio, so register today!   

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

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SASW Welcome Party Presented by Sana

Celebrate the kickoff of SASW 2021! The SASW crew will be there to welcome you with tasty adult beverages, bites from Carmen's De La Calle's new E-Tuk, and  tunes provided by Dj Melon! See some familiar faces and even meet some new ones while hanging with us! Big thank you to Sana for sponsoring our party this year. 

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Sana is a Texas-based company that is leading the value-based care revolution by reducing the cost of high-quality healthcare for small businesses. We provide great coverage at a lower cost, all while making it easier than ever to administer and use those benefits. Employees can see any provider they want with no out-of-network fees, as well as free on-demand telehealth appointments, mental health support, and fitness classes at no cost. Sana’s customer satisfaction scores are 4x higher than traditional carriers. To change the way your company does benefits, visit sdanabenefits.com.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Breaking into Tech & Sports as a Young Asian American Woman
Thu Nguyen
Thu Nguyen
80|20 Foundation, Director of Programs
Katrina Palanca
Katrina Palanca
Spurs Sports & Entertainment, VP Global Partnerships

Get into the conversation with Katrina Palanca, VP of Global Partnerships for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, formerly Director of Sponsorship Strategy & Operations at Twitch...when she was originally on track to become a doctor. Why did she make the switch, and break from every Asian parent's dream for their kid? What are the challenges of being an Asian American woman in two male-dominated industries? And why did she choose San Antonio?

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

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Investing in Diverse Founders
Ethan Monreal-Jackson
Ethan Monreal-Jackson
Newtype Ventures (formerly Agave Fund), Founder and General Partner
Cat Dizon (She/Her)
Cat Dizon (She/Her)
Active Capital, Co-Founder/COO
David Robinson Jr
David Robinson Jr
Weston Urban, Director of Placemaking
Dan Graham
Dan Graham
Notley, Springdale Ventures and Geyser Group, Founder and General Partner

Underrepresented founders receive less than 5% of funding despite making up more than 30% of the U.S. population. Our panel of investors will share how they are working to increase funding to underrepresented founders, the barriers they are seeing and why all investors should be doing more to address this disparity.

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

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Startup Spotlight: Jobward
Dirk Elmendorf
Dirk Elmendorf
Jobward, Founder & CEO
Natalie Karney
Natalie Karney
Jobward, Co-founder

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

If you are live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here

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What Ted Lasso Can Teach You About Leadership
Jeremy Karney
Jeremy Karney
Bright Health Group, Director of Digital Experience Design
Jared Stephens
Jared Stephens
Bright Health Group, VP, Head of Product Design

“Oy! What the @#$% does Ted Lasso have to do with leading a startup?” - Roy Kent* 

Join Jeremy Karney and Jared Stephens as we take you on a journey through Ted Lasso showing you that a good leader can lead ANY team if…well you have to come listen to find that out. If you are asking who is this Ted Lasso guy…go binge the first season quick! 

*Not a real quote. Please don’t sue us Apple.

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

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How Your Team can Help You Sustain a Competitive Advantage
Javier Guerra
Javier Guerra
TechHuman, Co-founder

People are an organization's most valuable asset, but strong teams are what make the magic happen. In this session, Javier Guerra (Chief Strategy Officer at TechHuman) will demonstrate why your team is your greatest competitive advantage and how you can take a proven approach to intelligently align, scale, and optimize your team as the business landscape continues to evolve. 

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

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Converting Likes to Dollars: Building a Sales Playbook for Your Startup
Angel Salinas
Angel Salinas
Sandler Training San Antonio, CEO

Following a sales playbook, whether it's basic or complex, is a proven method of helping businesses convert likes to dollars and build consistent sales growth. Join Angel Salinas of Sandler Training as he introduces you to the concepts behind building your very own playbook to revenue success!

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Leading to Win - Shifting Your Approach to Talent to Sustain Success
Javier Guerra
Javier Guerra
TechHuman, Co-founder
Dirk Elmendorf
Dirk Elmendorf
Jobward, Founder & CEO
Greg Rodriguez
Greg Rodriguez
FreshBooks, SVP Global Sales
Bethany Reese
Bethany Reese
TechHuman, Co-Founder

Change is happening faster than ever. Employee and talent expectations are shifting at a rapid pace. The new reality -  teams have gone virtual, job seekers expect work from home capabilities, new college graduates are predicted to make 5 career changes as they navigate the workforce, and 80% of future jobs are not even created yet. In this discussion, our panel will share innovative approaches and actionable steps you can take to build high performance teams and sustain on-going business success.

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

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The Future is Female – SA Women in Robotics
Alexis Best
Alexis Best
Plus One Robotics, Digital and Content Marketing Manager
Stephanie Garcia
Stephanie Garcia
Port San Antonio
Lydia Unterreiner
Lydia Unterreiner
Reckon Point, Software Engineer
Brigitte McAuliff
Brigitte McAuliff
Booz Allen Hamilton, Product Manager

The future of advanced robotics in San Antonio is female. Join the women of Port San Antonio, Plus One Robotics, Reckon Point, and Booz Allen Hamilton for this special panel celebrating their contributions to the development of advanced robotics technology in the Alamo City!

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

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Startup Spotlight: Alt Bionics
Ryan Saavedra
Ryan Saavedra
Alt-bionics, Chief Executive Officer / Founder
Stephanie Garcia
Stephanie Garcia
Port San Antonio

We're featuring Alt-Bionics, "a medical device company that aims to tackle the problem of high-cost protheses by delivering affordable alternatives to the prosthetic market." Started in 2019 at the University of Texas at San Antonio! 

Learn more about Alt-Bionics: https://altbionics.com/ or come out to talk to Ryan! 

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

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

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Diversity in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry
Jody Hall
Jody Hall
HEB, VP of Sourcing
Marissa Epstein
Marissa Epstein
Springdale Ventures, Partner
Yoni Medhin
Yoni Medhin
Grain4Grain, Co-Founder
Maria Mejia
Maria Mejia
Colibri Mountain Coffee

The Consumer Packaged Goods industry is experiencing major growth, but underrepresented founders still account for only a small percentage of founders in this industry. Learn more from our panel of CPG founders about their own experiences as diverse founders in CPG, and from our investors about how they are propelling forward diverse founders.

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

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You Can Thrive - What You Need to Know About the Great Resignation Workers
Dirk Elmendorf
Dirk Elmendorf
Jobward, Founder & CEO

What you need to know about the "Great Resignation".  Workers are leaving jobs in unprecedented numbers even as new job listings have shattered records. In this new market, power dynamics are shifting, and if you know how to navigate them, you can stand out and land a great job. In this talk, Dirk Elmendorf (co-founder of Jobward) will tell you why this disruptive time in hiring is actually empowering jobseekers, and how you can gain the advantage in your job search.

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

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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.

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The Impact Lab
Amy Ickes
Amy Ickes
The Impact Guild
Sarah Woolsey
Sarah Woolsey
The Impact Guild
Paul Kim
Paul Kim
Flywheel Learning Lab, Consultant
Jennifer Maestas
Jennifer Maestas
San Antonio Leaders & Teachers, Founder

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*Please register for the event officially through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-impact-lab-san-antonio-startup-week-tickets-176546745067*

The Impact Lab is a workshop space utilizing the design thinking process for social enterprise entrepreneurs to bring their Design Challenges, and for the community to co-create together toward actionable solutions. It’s a gathering of people from a variety of industries around a single question with the goal of encouraging, supporting, and advancing projects designed to rally and serve our neighbors. By applying asset-based, justice-focused principles in a design lab setting, we can develop sustainable, human-centered solutions to the problems impacting our city.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

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Tik Tok for Business...Yes, Business!
Jen McKee
Jen McKee
Kee Hart Marketing, Founder

TikTok is everywhere...a seemingly endless stream of content and content creators powering a social media platform that reaches around the world.  And as of today, TikTok has over 130 million active users in the US and shows no signs of slowing down!   

Despite that astounding popularity, TikTok is still viewed as an unknown wildcard to most businesses in their marketing, branding, and engagement strategies.  But it doesn't have to be that way.

Join our presenter, Jen McKee, as she helps you navigate the world of TikTok for business!  Register today and get ready to learn answers to questions like:  

  • What TikTok content works for business? 
  • What should you post on TikTok? 
  • How do you get business, leads, and clients from TikTok? 
  • How do you sell your products using TikTok in 2021?

See you soon!

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

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Leveraging Data Science for Equitable Entrepreneurship
David Mongeau
David Mongeau
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Founding Director, School of Data Science and Professor of Practice, University College
Washington Navarro
Washington Navarro
TheEntrepreneurialWorld.com, Founder/Business Developer
Vanessa Sansone
Vanessa Sansone
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Join the Founding Director of UTSA's School of Data Science, David Mongeau, as he leads a distinguished panel of speakers in a conversation on the power of data science and how it will be reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape and talent funnel for decades to come.  

Joining him onstage will be Vanessa Sansone, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UTSA, and Washington Navarro, Founder of The Entrepreneurial World.

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

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Startup Spotlight: Betty's Co
Jennifer Newell
Jennifer Newell
Betty's Co., Founder & CEO
Thu Nguyen
Thu Nguyen
80|20 Foundation, Director of Programs

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

October 14's Startup Spotlight is a finalist at TechFuel Betty's Co. (happening later this evening)! Founder Jennifer Newell wants to take the fear and awkwardness out of talking about women's health. Discover her beginnings and how it's led to her starting Betty's.

You can learn more about Betty's Co: https://bettysco.com/

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

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Pandemic Pivots & Using Memberships to Grow Your Business
Jeremy Jacob
Jeremy Jacob
Float Wellness Spa, Owner

Jeremy Jacob is the owner of Float Wellness Spa in San Antonio.  With a five-year anniversary coming up, not only did Float make it through pandemic closures, but they were able to make 2020 their most profitable year to date. Come find out how strategic pivots and memberships can help your business survive and thrive!

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

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Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe 3.0
David Jones
David Jones
DJ Law, Attorney and Founder
Amy Garza Lee
Amy Garza Lee
Dura Software, Project Manager
Jason Pittman
Jason Pittman
Big Sun Solar, Co-Founder & President
La Juana Chambers Lawson
La Juana Chambers Lawson
Tacit Growth Strategies, Founder and CEO

Mission-driven organizations have the unique opportunity to rally around projects at the intersection between a business challenge and a societal need to implement positive change. This interactive session will discuss ways to systematically identify and solve issues and opportunities commonly found in businesses, while impacting positive societal change; environmental, social, or otherwise.

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

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FloatMe: Startup Weekend to Series A
Pat Matthews
Pat Matthews
Active Capital
Josh Sanchez
Josh Sanchez
FloatMe

Hear about the journey of a local FinTech startup in the midst of rapid growth. From a Startup Weekend idea to raising a Series A round of funding. All of the ups and downs along the way. The discussion will feature FloatMe CEO, Josh Sanchez, and will be hosted by Active Capital CEO, Pat Matthews.

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

Friday, October 15, 2021

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CityFest x SASW Collab: the Future of Innovation, Technology and Journalism
Angie Mock
Angie Mock
San Antonio Report, Publisher and CEO
Charles Woodin
Charles Woodin
Geekdom, CEO
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal
Chris Scotti
Chris Scotti
Texas A&M University, Director of New Ventures

The San Antonio Report and SA Startup Week present a partnership program looking ahead towards what’s next in innovation, technology, and journalism.

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

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Get Ready to Play in the SmartSA Sandbox!
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer
Emily Royall
Emily Royall
City of San Antonio, Smart City Coordinator

Design. Make. Experiment. Play! In this panel, City of San Antonio Chief Innovation Officer Brian Dillard and his team discuss what SmartSA Sandbox is, the impact that access to smart city technology can have on community quality of life for everyone, and how SmartSA Partners are helping fuel this innovation.

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

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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.

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Transfer - A Multi-Generational Panel on the Impact of a Lasting Legacy
Michelle Vallejo
Michelle Vallejo
Hustle + Socialize, Co-Founder
Ashley Bird
Ashley Bird
Blooming with Birdie, CEO | Founder
Madelein Santibáñez
Madelein Santibáñez
De Corazon Circles
Suyapa Muñoz
Suyapa Muñoz
South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH)

Once we build and learn to protect ourselves and our businesses, it's time to allow our impact and influence to flourish. This session will feature a conversation about setting down the stepping stones for a lasting legacy and transferring our knowledge to our team and even the next generation to follow in our footsteps. This special session where the H+S community will be joining SASW at the main stage is part of the H+S Summit: Build, Protect, Transfer program brought together in collaboration with SASW and Geekdom. 

Panelists:

Ashley Bird - Founder and CEO - Blooming with Birdie
Madelein Santibáñez - Co-Founder - De Corazon Circles
Suyapa Muñoz - Youth Action Board Liaison - South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH)

Moderator: 

Michelle Vallejo - Co-Founder - Hustle + Socialize

*If you are interested in attending the full one-day summit, it is a ticketed event and you must purchase your ticket via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hustle-and-socialize-presents-build-protect-transfer-tickets-168112540133

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

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The Future of Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneurship in Military City, USA
Honey Bueno
Honey Bueno
Tracking Transactions, LLC, CEO
Victoria Harvey
Victoria Harvey
Hiring Our Heroes, Senior Program Manager
Marcus Benavidez
Marcus Benavidez
Codeup, Director of Delivery

In this panel, veteran & military spouse entrepreneurs from across San Antonio will share their stories of starting their business and the lessons they learned along the way.  You'll also hear from advocates that will speak on how they have helped military members/spouses achieve their own goals of self-employment or career growth.

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

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#MilCityMeetUp: the Re-Launch!

#LinkedInMilCit is a military community career-centered meetup & networking group that is powered by the people - for the people!

Click Here to Register for this Event!

These are free events and not affiliated with any organization... which means this is a relaxed environment where it has no attachments to any companies. 

Active Duty, Veterans, Mil/Vet Spouses, Employers, Recruiters, HR, Hiring Managers, Non Profits, Mentors and Supporters are all welcome to attend!

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Geekdom Startup Journey Panel
Phillip Hernandez
Phillip Hernandez
Geekdom, COO
Gabe Ruiz
Gabe Ruiz
StackIQ, Co-Founder
Taylor Henry
Taylor Henry
StackIQ, Co-founder

There are 4 stages of the Geekdom Startup Journey: ideate, cultivate, shape, & grow. Join us for a panel discussion with local startup founders from StackIQ navigating through the journey, and learn about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and what a day in the life looks like for a founder. The discussion will be led by Geekdom COO, Phillip Hernandez.

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

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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."

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Startup Spotlight: SA in a Box
Allison Craig
Allison Craig
San Antonio in a Box
Alexandra Frey
Alexandra Frey
80|20 Foundation, Executive Director

Inspired to share the San Antonio experience, Allison and her team creates curated boxes to highlight local vendors.

Learn more and get (or gift!) your own box at: https://www.sanantonioinabox.com/

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

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

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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.

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Brand Modeling: The Science and Art of Framing Your Brand
Zahra Cruzan
Zahra Cruzan
Brand Author, CEO/Director of Brand Strategy
Ian Friedel
Ian Friedel
Brand Author, Creative Director

Have you ever struggled with taking your brand off the page and integrating it into how you operate? In this session, brand strategists Zahra Cruzan and Ian Friedel will share a structured process for utilizing your brand identity to increase your value. 

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

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Venture for America Presents: Financing Your Startup
Cat Dizon (She/Her)
Cat Dizon (She/Her)
Active Capital, Co-Founder/COO
Washington Navarro
Washington Navarro
TheEntrepreneurialWorld.com, Founder/Business Developer
Sean Wen
Sean Wen
Pinch Boil House & Curry Boys BBQ, Co-Owner

How are you planning to finance your startup? Have you set-up your business bank account or created a budget? How are you preparing to pitch to potential investors? Having a financial foundation and understanding what it will take to finance your startup is essential to the success of your business!

Venture for America presents the Financing Your Startup Panel, which will feature entrepreneurs and small business supporters who will overview various (but not all) key methods of financing for startups. The panelists featured are entrepreneurs who’ve bootstrapped, an investor, and a small business banker.

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Telling Your Brand Story
Melissa Vela-Williamson
Melissa Vela-Williamson
MVW Communications, Chief Communication Architect

As entrepreneurs, we think about our company’s brand and its position in the marketplace. But what about our own brand? How we communicate verbally, nonverbally or digitally, all tells the world who we are – even at our worst moments. As business owners or leaders, developing a personal brand that positions you for sustainable, long-term success is the foundation of having a successful business. Customers and employees want to do business with people they like, and that starts with you. Learn how to assess and manage your brand through the intentional use of communication strategies, tactics and tools from accredited public relations expert and entrepreneur Melissa Vela-Williamson. She’ll share trustworthy ways to relate to people at all levels, communicate effectively in tricky situations, and tell your brand story with purpose. 

Covering topics like:

- Why Personal Branding Matters

- Storytelling and Communication Strategies

- Verbal Communication Tips

- Nonverbal Communication Tips

- Communicating Online and Remotely

- Maximizing Media Interviews

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

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Trendwatch: Future of Social Media Marketing

Join the TINT Future of Marketing research team for a session analyzing three trends that are quickly becoming the cornerstones of social media strategy and will affect all industries as businesses face a quickly changing business landscape.  The team will present a high-level perspective on each topic and share a mini case study of brands who are doing it right. 

Moderated by: Ivonne Aldaz, Future of Marketing Curator

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

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Startup Spotlight: "PorchPass" by Braustin Homes
Alberto Piña
Alberto Piña
Braustin Homes, CEO
Jon Garcia
Jon Garcia
Geekdom, Program Manager

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

Braustin Homes is announcing "PorchPass." What is it and how is it a game changer? Come to this Startup Spotlight to find out! 

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

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Startup Stories of Innovation from SA
Shaun Edwards
Shaun Edwards
Plus One Robotics, Founder & CTO
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal


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

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Career Tracks to Entrepreneurship
Thu Nguyen
Thu Nguyen
80|20 Foundation, Director of Programs
Cade Blalock
Cade Blalock
White Cloud, Digital Media Producer
Katt Slagle
Katt Slagle
Community Labs
Maulesh Trivedi
Maulesh Trivedi
Plus One Robotics, Robotics Software and Machine Learning Engineer

Whether you're a freelancer, recently graduated, or have been in a corporate environment, you can be part of the entrepreneur and startup ecosystem. How so? Meet three young panelists who have varied career paths, but all found their way in the startup space one way or another. Listen to their unique perspectives, and why they feel that there's no better experience than the startup experience.

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

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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

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Accessing Capital in San Antonio
Sebastian Garzon
Sebastian Garzon
Alamo Angels, ED
Mariano Gonzalez
Mariano Gonzalez
MGV Capital Group, Founder and General Partner
Justin McKenzie
Justin McKenzie
Boerne Kendall County Angel Network, Executive Director & Founder
Charles Woodin
Charles Woodin
Geekdom, CEO

Where do I get access to capital in San Antonio? This is one of the most common questions within the entrepreneurial community in our city. Our ecosystem is growing, and so are the options you have when it comes to raising funds for your new venture! Meet some of the key players helping startups grow and succeed through investing.

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

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Startup Spotlight: Curate
Joel Harris
Joel Harris
Curate, Co-founder
Jon Garcia
Jon Garcia
Geekdom, Program Manager
Cayce Harris
Cayce Harris
Curate, Co-Founder

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

How do you stay connected with your loved ones safely and simply? Curate helps create your social legacy with daily prompts so that you have beautiful memories that you can keep forever. 

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

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Opportunity Knocks: Building Amazing Team Cultures in a Post-Pandemic World
Lisa Little
Lisa Little
ComedySportz San Antonio, Artistic Director/ Owner
Michele Autenrieth Brown
Michele Autenrieth Brown
GDC Marketing & Ideation, Chief Operating Officer


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

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Fireside Chat: Eric Somerville, CEO of Venture for America
Sean Attwood
Sean Attwood
greater:SATX, Vice President of Business Development

Venture for America is a nonprofit, two year Fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs. With the support of the 80/20 Foundation, VFA San Antonio was established in 2014, and has attracted young, budding entrepreneurs who have gone on to co-find major startups in the ecosystem like Pinch, FloatMe and Sendspark. Join Sean Attwood, the Vice President of Business Development at greater:SATX, as he interviews VFA's new CEO, Eric Somerville, to discuss the present and future startup environment for Millennial and Gen Z entrepreneurs.

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

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CivTechSA Residency Demo Day featuring Tempugo
Leslie Chasnoff
Leslie Chasnoff
Geekdom, Programs Director
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer

How can businesses communicate vital information to customers during periods of construction so customers know that they are open, and can navigate any physical barriers? Tempugo, the 2021 CivTechSA Residency company, will be presenting their solution to this civic challenge that they've been building alongside the City of San Antonio Public Works Department during the 12-week program.

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

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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.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Elevating Your Side-Hustle in 2021
Jen McKee
Jen McKee
Kee Hart Marketing, Founder
Patty Toms
Patty Toms
Social Style by Patty Toms, Founder & Social Media Maven
Alicia Lozano
Alicia Lozano
The Motivated Co., Founder + CEO
Amy Wees
Amy Wees
Amazing at Home eCommerce Consulting, Founder


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

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Bridging the Gap Between Marketing & Media in San Antonio
Cindy Vela
Cindy Vela
Startup Productions, Brand Ambassador
Christie Kaye
Christie Kaye
Koasis Media, Co-Founder/Dir. of Operations
Noel Hernandez
Noel Hernandez
Koasis Media, Co-Founder/Dir. of Photo Production
Darren Abate
Darren Abate
Koasis Media, Partner/Dir. of Video Production

This session discusses the past, present, and future of media in San Antonio from experts and professionals in the field. This conversation aims to unpack some of the misconceptions and challenges in the media industry, including the do's and don'ts of building a creative career, the true relationship between marketing and media, and uncovering your value as a creative. By the end of the conversation, one should have a better understanding of why and how Koasis Media is directly addressing these business and cultural challenges through their media collective model and their ongoing creative training sessions.

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

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Startup Spotlight: Blooming with Birdie
Ashley Bird
Ashley Bird
Blooming with Birdie, CEO | Founder
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal

It started off as a passion project, and has now launched into a full virtual education series inspired by Mister Rogers and Bill Nye.

Discover Blooming with Birdie: https://www.bloomingwithbirdie.co/

Join us for a mini-break between sessions where we will be highlighting an up and coming local startup. Learn about their origin story, what their plans are for the future, and/or how you can get involved.

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

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The Future of Hispanic Entrepreneurship in SA
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal
Denise Hernandez
Denise Hernandez
True Flavors Catering, VP of Development
Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez
Trinity University, Director
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla
Padilla Law PLLC, Managing Partner


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

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Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez
Trinity University, Director
Randy Quinn
Randy Quinn
UTSA, Executive Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Jose F. Moreno
Jose F. Moreno
University of The Incarnate Word, Co-Chair of the Beckendorf Family Center for Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship
Sergio Palacios
Sergio Palacios
St. Mary's University, Associate Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

Join Luis Martinez as he hosts the first-ever public discussion on the current and future state of entrepreneurship in San Antonio’s higher education system.  He’ll be joined by Randy Quinn of UTSA and Jose F. Moreno of UIW where they’ll share details of their respective programs as well as discuss the real-life investment and impact of their programs today and on the future of San Antonio’s entrepreneurship economy.

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

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State of Cybersecurity in SA Panel
Patsy Boozer
Patsy Boozer
City of San Antonio, Chief Security Officer
Eddie Contreras
Eddie Contreras
Frost Bank, Chief Information Security Officer
Jeff Fair
Jeff Fair
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, VP, Cybersecurity & Economic Development
Daniel Galvan
Daniel Galvan
IPSecure, Chief Strategy Officer

Join the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and CyberSecurity San Antonio for a discussion of the future of cybersecurity in our city – 2041.  Our expert panel will address growth, challenges, and threats from public sector and private enterprise perspectives.  Learn about what is on the horizon for the second-largest cybersecurity hub in the United States.

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

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Product Validation 101: From Concept to Launch
Amy Wees
Amy Wees
Amazing at Home eCommerce Consulting, Founder

Before you move forward with that idea, you must validate that people will actually buy it! Learn the questions you must be able to answer before moving forward with your idea, and how to get the right criteria to answer them. Whether you're developing your idea or you've already launched, come and learn how to maximize your marketability!

Amy Wees is an inventor and top-rated private label consultant. She has helped thousands of brands bring products to market.

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

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CHERISH Your Customers
Crystal Darby
Crystal Darby
UTSA SBDC, Senior Business Advisor

Most companies focus on acquiring new customers, which is definitely important. But did you know that acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one? Focusing on that bottom line, increasing customer retention rates by 5% will increase profits by 25% to 95%. And who doesn’t want more profit? This workshop focuses on how to deliver superlative customer service to decrease your expenses and increase your revenue. 

Discover how companies have raised customer service to a new level. Learn practical tips to create quality relationships with your customers and clients (both internal and external) by shifting your culture to ensure that customers want to return and determine ways to ensure customer and employee safety in the aftermath of the virus.

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

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USAA Startup Award Announcement

This Startup Spotlight is a special one. Not only will we be highlighting and talking with a couple of startups, we will be giving them an award that reflects the theme of our conference: the future.

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

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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.

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SmartSA Partners: Imagining the Future of San Antonio
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer
Emily Royall
Emily Royall
City of San Antonio, Smart City Coordinator
Mario Pena
Mario Pena
Able City, Partner and Principal
Jatinder Singh
Jatinder Singh
CPS Energy, VP of Digital and Data Transformation

The City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation, in partnership with several of its SmartSA partners, hosts the SmartSA Sandbox, a family-friendly pop-up event that provides residents with hands-on opportunities for residents to test smart city technologies.   Join panelists from the Office of Innovation, Mario Pena of Able City, and Jatinder Singh of CPS Energy as they share their experiences with the SmartSA program, the Sandbox, and other exciting developments on the horizon for the City of San Antonio!

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