The Main Hall - Geekdom Event Centre

131 Soledad St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Monday, October 17, 2022

- CDT
Startups, Are You Ready?
Iris Gonzalez
Iris Gonzalez
Startups San Antonio, Founder
Matthew Espinoza
Matthew Espinoza
Geekdom, Programs Director
Albert Pina
Albert Pina
Braustin Homes, CEO & CRO

When it comes to launching a startup, there are so many different aspects of business a founder needs to be thinking about. 

Some of these include marketing, sales, finances, business formation, cofounders, PR, pitching and so much more. 

Join us for this session (led by San Antonio startup community members) that will focus on the topics founders should be thinking about when they're launching a new venture. 

This event will be hosted in an Ask Me Anything format, come ready with questions you have about starting a new business! 

- CDT
Spend the Money Fast: How to validate your marketing strategy before you go broke.
Lara August
Lara August
Robot Creative, Founder / CEO

How you spend your marketing dollars early on and the speed with which you gain traction are critical to the success of your startup. This is true whether you are self-funded or working with investors. Lara August shares her experience as a marketing expert and angel investor to help startup companies avoid common mistakes in the early stages of marketing their companies. 

Lara is the Founder and CEO of Robot Creative, with more than 25 years of marketing and branding experience. Lara’s achievements have earned her recognition as “Innovator” from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the SBA, an Outstanding New Business Leader by the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and one of San Antonio’s “40 under 40.” 

Lara has been involved in the start up community for more than 15 years as an angel investor, advisory board member and mentor for several programs including TechStars and the Trinity University VMS program, and she regularly receives top mentor recognition by a vote of the TechStars founders.

Lara shares insider knowledge about the concerns investors have for each stage of your start up marketing (from the initial pitch to building your team to actually launching, testing and scaling your campaigns) along with seasoned marketing advice on how to approach these challenges.

- CDT
Fireside Chat with Raul Lomeli-Azoubel, Co-Founder and Chairman of Welcome Tech
Beto Altamirano
Beto Altamirano
Irys, Co-founder & CEO
Raul Lomeli-Azoubel
Raul Lomeli-Azoubel
Welcome Technologies, Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Community Officer

Always enlightening and entertaining, Raul Lomeli brings us up to date on how Welcome Tech sees the U.S. Latino cohort and creates new opportunities for the multigenerational immigrant communities.  Learn how Welcome Tech continues to stimulate the U.S. economy and what new products they are introducing! From stories of building the company in San Antonio to raising capital from investors like Softbank, Raul will provide great insight into becoming a premier fintech company. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

- CDT
Advancing Health & Human Performance with Robotics AI
Kase Saylor
Kase Saylor
Southwest Research Institute, Manager
Hakima Ibaroudene
Hakima Ibaroudene
Southwest Research Institute, Program Manager
Matt Robinson
Matt Robinson
Southwest Research Institute

Southwest Research Institute is developing technologies that enable people and robots to work together via algorithms and hardware designed to improve human performance and health outcomes. This panel will discuss SwRI’s work in biomechanical analysis, digital diagnosis of major illnesses, and solutions that leverage collaborative robotics for safer work environments. Some of SwRI’s research entails collaboration with San Antonio-based universities, research institutions, military bases, and corporations. The growth of the robotics industry in San Antonio combined with the robust healthcare sector and local academic investments in data science mean there will be new opportunities for entrepreneurs to leverage institutional innovation. What does that mean for the San Antonio region and future companies that will be needed to integrate all the science into user-friendly applications for healthcare, sports, and manufacturing settings?

- CDT
Startup Fundamentals: How Strong is Your Foundation?
Margaret Wilson-Anaglia
Margaret Wilson-Anaglia
Women's Business Center, Director
Lucy Adame Clark
Lucy Adame Clark
Bexar County, Bexar County Clerk
Renee Watson
Renee Watson
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department - Bexar County, Director
Ryan Salts
Ryan Salts
Launch SA, Director
Dr. Shantana Robinson
Dr. Shantana Robinson
MFAD Creative Group LLC, Founder and Chief Business Strategist

Panelist:

  • Lucy Adame Clark, Bexar County Clerk
  • Renee Watson, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department
  • Ryan Salt, Launch SA, Director
  • Dr. Shantana Robinson, MFAD Creative Group
  • Moderator: Margaret Wilson-Anaglia, 
    LiftFund Women’s Business Center Director


  • Format: Q&A (Questions will leave attendees with information they can use!!!) 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

- CDT
The Founder’s Guide to Funding
Pat Matthews
Pat Matthews
Active Capital, Founder & CEO
Alyssa Arnold
Alyssa Arnold
Pearl Influential Capital, Co Founder
Wyatt Messex
Wyatt Messex
Element Finance, Venture Debt Associate
Mari Aguirre Rodriguez
Mari Aguirre Rodriguez
Opt In., Founder

What type of funding is right for your company? Should you bootstrap, find angel investors, go straight to a VC firm or look into taking out debt financing?  Learn the pros and cons of financing as you navigate your startup’s journey. 

- CDT
Competing for the future: It's about people, not just technology.
Beto Altamirano
Beto Altamirano
Irys, Co-founder & CEO

The future won't be determined by technology alone. It ultimately comes down to the choices businesses, governments, academia, labor unions, and societies as a whole make. At the center of these choices, you have visionary entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who have the agency to shape the world. But what drives them? What is their purpose? 

Beto reflects on his motivations, choices, and purpose in this talk. Where he highlights his journey as a San Antonio tech entrepreneur navigating the social impact space. From launching the 311SA App that has impacted thousands of residents in San Antonio to work with the U.S. Air Force or climate resilience efforts on the east coast, Beto makes the case on why we should foster innovation that addresses social challenges. 

- CDT
Breaking into Fintech
Josh Sanchez
Josh Sanchez
FloatMe, CEO
Tony Aguilar
Tony Aguilar
Chipper, CEO
Russell Naumann
Russell Naumann
Billd, Director of Product

As a session overview, the group will be discussing their journey of breaking into one of the hottest VC backed themes, fintech. The conversation will be guided by 2 different experiences, one breaking into the industry as a career, and the other navigating the industry to found not one, but two fintech companies. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

- CDT
B2B Marketing in a Recession
Ivonne Aldaz
Ivonne Aldaz
Tint, Lead Marketing Specialist
S. David Ramirez
S. David Ramirez
TINT, Sr. Marketing Manager
Vicky Reyes
Vicky Reyes
TINT, Partnerships Manager

Recessions can be great opportunities to grow technology companies as businesses look to optimize processes and streamline their technology stacks. These three strategies can be used by B2B companies to support their efforts as they grow during this economic downtown. Join the team from TINT as their specialized marketing team discusses their roles, including Partner Marketing, Value-Add Community-Led Marketing, and ABM Field Marketing. 

- CDT
From Deck to Deal
Matt Duke
Matt Duke
Duke Law Firm, Attorney
Alfred Mesquiti
Alfred Mesquiti
Active Capital, Chief Storyteller
Lisa Burton O'Toole
Lisa Burton O'Toole
Hearstlab, Vice President

What is the journey to getting your startup funded? How do you connect with Angels, VCs, and other funding networks? 

What are the essential tools you need to raise capital? Come and hear from experts about getting the deal done right.

- CDT
From Founding to Exit: Lessons Learned From Exited Founders

Hear from a panel of exited founders from the San Antonio community as they walk us through their startup journey, and share strategic advice for early founders. 


- CDT
The Importance of Food in Our Community
Gigi Kamali-Robinson
Gigi Kamali-Robinson
Ayu Kitchen, Founder
Chef Elizabeth Johnson
Chef Elizabeth Johnson
Pharm Table, Chef and Founder

Fireside chat with Gigi Kamali-Robinson and Chef Elizabeth Johnson.

Gigi and Elizabeth will be discussing the importance of food and its affects on our digestion, mood and community.   

Friday, October 21, 2022

- CDT
Redefining the Startup Founder
Shawn Rhoder
Shawn Rhoder
Nohmad, Founder
Denise Hernandez
Denise Hernandez
Rep. District 2, Deputy Director of Political Advocacy and Community Engagement

What comes to mind when I say founder? 

- CDT
Monetize Your Creative Skills w/ 13-Year-Old Teresa Melvin
Teresa Melvin
Teresa Melvin
AvaRomona, Founder
Melvin Thambi
Melvin Thambi
Syndigo, Creative Director
Nimmy Melvin
Nimmy Melvin
Nimmy's Art, Founder
Anthony Rose
Anthony Rose
United By Design, CEO + Managing Director

As independent artists and creatives, finding ways to make a living with your craft can be tough. There are a million ways to expand your craft and audience – and that can be daunting and super complicated. 13-year-old Teresa Melvin is an artist and creative storyteller using NFTs to build a community of fans and appreciators that can own a piece of the story by collecting her art. 

In this fireside chat, we'll hear from Teresa, her parents Melvin Thambi and Nimmy Melvin, and fireside moderator Anthony Rose – four creatives that collectively, have impacted almost every crossover of Arts and Technology.
 
Join Teresa, Melvin, Nimmy, and Anthony for this unscripted fireside chat!

About the Speakers 

Anthony Rose is a graffiti artist turned interdisciplinary artist and creative strategist helping brands transform environments into art-driven experiences using art and technology. Anthony is the founder of the Houston-based global experiential art studio, UXD. He's also shamelessly fantastic at Disney karaoke trios with his wife, Tabitha, and daughter, Penelope.  

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyjamesrose/

Teresa is a 13-year-old visual artist and creative storyteller using NFTs to build a community of fans and appreciators that can own a piece of her stories by collecting her art. She has been featured at NFT NYC, Miami NFT, the San Diego NFT Conference. She collaborates with several brands and has sold out of almost every NFT she has ever released – epic!  

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/teresamelvin/

Melvin is a Creative Director and NFT Artist guiding many globally renowned brands by finely coalescing elements of Art & Design. He's developed sustainable creative communities that supports artists – across all genres – by helping them transform their passion into tactile prosperity and empowering collaboration.

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/melvinthambi/

Nimmy is an award-winning visual artist with an MFA and an international arts tutor at Nimmy's Art – a comprehensive online art class teaching kids creative skills and self-expression globally. Nimmy’s works have been exhibited in the U.S. and India. In 2018, she won the People’s Choice Award for her painting “Cityscapes” and won the State Award by Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy in 2009.

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimmymelvin/

Together, Teresa, Nimmy, and Melvin are known as the #NFTFamily