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Geekdom Incubator

Geekdom has always been more than a coworking space. Our mission is to build San Antonio one startup at a time. We encourage startups, technology and entrepreneurship. Located in downtown San Antonio, Geekdom has been an incubator for amazing new companies since our start in October 2011.

Almost 10 years later, we launched our official Incubator program. This is a part-time, 12-month program designed around busy schedules. Participants include full-time students and hopeful entrepreneurs. Together, with experienced business mentors, they transform their ideas into companies that solve real problems. The Geekdom Incubator Program enhances local talent, encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and drives economic growth.

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Who Can Participate?

Geekdom will look for teams interested in civic innovation or smart city solutions in the San Antonio area.

Applicant/Participant Requirements:

  • Applicants must be in teams of 2-6 people.
  • Applicants eligible from all professions: college students, independent entrepreneurs, developers, etc.
  • Applicants who want to create a company that provides a solution to the challenges facing San Antonio.
  • Applicants cannot be a formalized entity at time of participation, but will create one in the Incubator.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applications will open in Fall of 2020 for the 2021 Cohort.

2021 Incubator Application Information

Requirements & Eligibility

  • Minimum of 2, maximum of 6 individuals on the team
  • Applicants eligible from all professions: college students, independent entrepreneurs, developers, etc.
  • Teams must be headquartered in the City of San Antonio
  • Applicants must create a company that is focused on civic innovation, providing a solution to the challenges facing San Antonio
  • Applicants cannot be a formalized entity at time of participation, but can create one during or after completion of the Incubator program
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

Program Expectations

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with Geekdom staff
  • Quarterly presentations to City of San Antonio and Geekdom stakeholders
  • Monthly meetings with mentors and subject matter experts
  • Partner with relevant City departments and advisors
  • Completing GrowthWheel business plan and educational materials
  • Attend workshops, educational trainings, entrepreneurial events
  • Promote progress, success, and program updates on team social media channels

2021 Cohort Timeline

September 21–October 25, 2020
Applications open
November–December 2020
Selection process, contract signing, onboarding
January 4, 2021
Program begins
December 31, 2021
Program ends

What You Get

Each participating team will get access to business building tools and relationships with experts to help them turn their ideas into a formalized business.

Resources include:

  • Regular sessions with a dedicated GrowthWheel business advisor
  • Access to high-quality mentors and business leaders
  • Industry insights
  • Workshops and professional development
  • Funding opportunities

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MEET THE COHORT | 2020 PILOT

To kick off our amazing Incubator, we’ve partnered with the City of San Antonio (COSA). Over the next two years, we will support 6 teams. After securing an economic development grant from the City in November of 2019, Geekdom officially launched our first cohort in March 2020!

Pawtify

pawtify

Pawtify helps people find the perfect pet through an alert-notification matching system & gallery. This team is currently partnering with COSA’s Animal Care Services and IT Departments.

Polis

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Polis creates a more vibrant community by connecting people & businesses along the River Walk through its Bluetooth LTE Beacon network & mobile app. This team is partnering with COSA’s City Center Development Office and the IT Department.

SolovaGo

solovago

SolovaGo helps people explore their communities with confidence through its neighborhood safety app.The team is currently working with COSA’s Police & IT Departments.

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FAQ

What do mean by civic innovation?

Civic innovation is the development and or application of a new idea, technology, or methodology that improves existing civic processes and systems to ultimately improve the lives of citizens and or society.

How is the program structured?

The Geekdom Incubator is a 12-month program designed around full-time student and workers’ schedules. During the program, participant teams will be required to attend bi-weekly meetings with Geekdom staff, meet with mentors and advisors each month, as well as develop and complete their program and project milestones according to their scope of work. Each quarter, participants will be required to present their progress and financial reports to Geekdom and City stakeholders and participate in a public Demo Day at the completion of the program.

What funding is provided and how can it be used?

The grant funds were sourced from the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Incentive Fund. Each team receives $40,000 in grant funding and operational support. There is an initial award of $10,000 for being accepted into the program, along with additional payouts based on performance and completion of milestones throughout the program. Some of the funds are given directly to the participating teams, while some are distributed by Geekdom to cover overhead costs, educational and training workshop expenses, etc.

Any unused grant funds will be returned to Geekdom.
The awarded funds can be used for reasonable business expenses, such as website and development costs, branding and marketing expenses, legal assistance, patent filing, etc. Funds should not be used for travel, salaries of participants, etc.

How are teams selected?

Teams are selected by a committee of Geekdom and City stakeholders through an application and interview process. Once finalists are selected, presentations to stakeholders will be held to determine final selections. As part of this process, Geekdom and the City will perform appropriate due diligence on the viability of the finalists’ ideas.

What does it mean to be headquartered in San Antonio?

If the participating team forms a company (LLC, C-Corp, etc.) it must be headquartered in San Antonio for two years post-formation to fulfill the economic development requirements of the grant.

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