Economic Development Department
Erin Nichols, (210) 207-3996
Tanya Sammis, (210) 390-4284 or (512) 431-8940,
SAN ANTONIO (November 7, 2019) – Today, San Antonio City Council approved a $250,000 Economic Development Incentive Fund grant for the Civic Tech Division of the newly formed Geekdom Incubator Program. The pilot program will support the development of early-stage companies focused on civic innovation and positive community impact through a 12-month program. In addition, the program will promote entrepreneurship, spur innovation, commercialize local talent and intellectual property and grow startups in the local information technology industry.
“San Antonio has a growing number of entrepreneurs with innovative ideas focused on addressing civic challenges,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “This pilot program will provide much needed mentorship to early-stage companies in order to help them create products and solutions that address community needs, including animal care, homelessness, education, neighborhood safety and more.”
Over the past year, Geekdom and the City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation and the Information Technology Services Department (ITSD) have collaborated on how best to support community innovators as partners, while also creating positive economic development and growth. The $250,000 grant from the City’s Economic Development Department will help Geekdom and the City work with qualifying teams and/or companies get their ideas off the ground and to market. Additionally, any startup created within the program must remain headquartered in San Antonio for at least two years after completing the program, to encourage further economic growth and ensure local talent retention.
“This partnership, similar to our ICMA award-winning CivTechSA Program, is a great example of how collaborative community efforts can strengthen our local tech ecosystem,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “In addition to incubating technology entrepreneurs, this partnership will continue to build on San Antonio’s reputation as a top destination for the tech industry in the country.”
The Civic Tech Division is scheduled to launch in January 2020 and will support up to six teams over the course of two years. The program will provide the startups with workspace, mentorship, and advisement, as well as more than 100 hours of professional development and education. The City’s Office of Innovation and ITSD will serve as partners and advisors to the teams in order to help them with customer validation and market fit.
"Geekdom is happy to deepen our partnership with the City,” said Geekdom CEO Charles Woodin. “We know how important this incubator will be for creating more companies with positive community impact and launching them into our growing tech ecosystem. The next two years will be an exciting time for entrepreneurs and the City of San Antonio -- made all the better through our mutual collaboration and commitment to excellence."
o learn more about Geekdom programs and other Civic Technology projects, visit www.geekdom.com or www.civtech-sa.com.