San Antonio, TX

SATX

Incubators/Accelerators

  • The heartbeat of the SATX startup scene covers an entire floor of the Rand Building, San Antonio's tallest building when it was built in 1913. Today, Geekdom exemplifies the kind of collaboration that helps companies grow rapidly: great minds from different disciplines coming together to solve problems. It's becoming the epicenter of SATX companies with Google Fiber moving into another floor of the Rand Building, one of Texas' largest banks headquartered next door, and a new southeast-asian restaurant opening on the ground floor.
  • A short stroll down Houston street takes you from Geekdom to another hub of SATX entrepreneurship: the San Antonio Entrepreneurship Center. The SAEC is a non-profit providing access to capital, strategic partners, and a plethora of mentorship to member businesses and startups.
  • Possibly the coolest looking library the #Coolbus has visited so far, San Antonio's Central Library isn't all looks. Break Fast & Launch, the nation's first culinary business accelerator operates out of LaunchSA, the local 1 Million Cups HQ.

CoWorking

  • Speaking of LaunchSA, the newly rebranded coworking space was one of the #Coolbus' main headquarters in SATX. Supported by the city government, LaunchSA represents the city's commitment to small business and success.
  • Creatives will want to head towards the famous Alamo to find CoLab, the artist's dream space. Founded by artists, CoLab features large open spaces and equipment for building, photographing, or brainstorming your next big project. Crawling with creatives, the space is the best place in SATX to discover and hone the next great work of art.
  • San Antonio's Westside HUBZone is home to another great partnership: the Maestro Entrepreneurship Center. The center aims to bring communities together by combining the efforts of the Maestro Leadership Foundation and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic Leadership Development Foundation.
  • In another emerging sector of San Antonio, Tobin Hill entrepreneurs can stop by The Workery, a 9-5 coworking space designed to spark and energize the city's newest founders. The Workery was named the city's best shared workspace by San Antonio Magazine in 2016.
  • Part coworking space, part accelerator, Edify works well as a place for meetings, as well as a place to work. With a penchant for helping veterans transition back to the workforce, Edify is helping the military capital of the US do great work.
  • One of San Antonio's newest coworking spaces, Perch is the answer to those of us who don't like distractions. A peaceful atmosphere, beautiful setting, and plenty of coffee make it a great space for members to get some work done quietly and effectively.
  • If you envy the #buslife, you can practice working out of a small space by renting one of the Cubes at the Quonset. Available on month to month leases, the cubes provide a great space to drop a briefcase and get to work, and even provide gaming space to unwind and showers for bikers and runners who want to commute in new ways.

People

  • If you hear an energetic voice enthusiastically describing the latest innovation in San Antonio, it's likely to belong to Dr. Luis Martinez, the director of Trinity University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The university has made a name for itself as one of the best schools for entrepreneurship in the country. Despite hosting barely more than 2,000 students, Trinity graduates are responsible for the growth of companies like Rackspace, the Denim Group, Kind Snacks, and more thanks to Dr. Martinez' constant drive to connect and innovate.
  • Entrepreneurs in San Antonio outside of academia will quickly cross paths with Sarah Olivarez, Operations and Community Manager over at LaunchSA. A graduate of UTSA, the energetic Olivarez makes sure the plethora of resources and opportunities available to entrepreneurs at the city's flagship coworking space are used to their fullest extent. Looking for someone to help you figure out how to take the next steps with your business? Sarah is the woman to ask.
  • The other half of LaunchSA's stellar workforce is Ryan Salts, the Director of Programming, and creator of Break Fast & Launch, as well as San Antonio's Entrepreneurship Week. The #Coolbus was lucky enough to land in SATX in time for Salts' week-long exploration of all things startup in San Antonio, and couldn't have benefited more from his expertise highlighting the best of the city.
  • The entire LaunchSA project would be lost without the leadership of President Nadia Auch, The graduate of University College London worked with the Center for Peace and Commerce to ramp up and grow entrepreneurship in San Diego for more than five years. Now she heads San Antonio's effort to mirror her west-coast success. Her experience and guidance have shaped LaunchSA into one of the most welcoming and helpful spaces the #Coolbus has driven to yet.
  • Of course, no project of the scope of LaunchSA could get off the ground without politicians willing to advocate and fight for small businesses and startups. San Antonio entrepreneurs have found their man in Diego Bernal. The Texas State Representative knows what local business owners need because he asks them himself. Bernal runs his own twitter account because it's an easy and effective way for him to truly represent what his constituents want and need. 
  • LaunchSA might be the city's Economic Development Department's answer to entrepreneur's needs, but the private sector has Lorenzo Gomez to thank for Geekdom. His drive to make businesses better has grown Geekdom into one of the nation's premiere coworking spaces, and inspired copycats in other cities to try out his model themselves. 

Misc.

 

Out There in San Antonio compiled with immense help from:

Erin Chase and Sarah Ann Cantu