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Community Fund

The Community Fund gives Geekdom members the opportunity to pitch their startups for $25,000 in pre-seed funding. Along with the chance to get an investment, applicants get valuable experience and feedback from our community investment panel.

The Community Fund takes place once a quarter for Geekdom Members.

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Application
Who can apply?
To qualify, you need to be an active Geekdom member for at least 90 days prior to the application close date, have a legally formed company, and be giving back to the Geekdom community. Companies must be an LLC, C-CORP, or S-CORP. Non-profit companies are not eligible.
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Finalist Selection
What companies are chosen?
A selection panel reviews all complete and eligible applications. Five finalists are chosen to advance to the next stage. Finalists are evaluated on their business model, use of funds, and Geekdom mission fit.
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Pitch Day
Who will receive the investment?
Finalists have five minutes to pitch their business to an investor panel comprised of guests from the San Antonio tech and entrepreneurial community, followed by a 5 minute Q&A with the panel. The selected company is announced to all Geekdom members at our next San Antonio Startup Day event.

Important Dates

Applications Open: Monday, April 24th

Applications Close: Sunday, May 28th @ midnight

Finalists notified: Wednesday, May 31st

Pitch Day: Tuesday, June 6th

 

Whats in the Application

The application includes information about yourself (the applicant), your company, a URL to a 3-minute application video, and file upload of your pitch deck.

Your application video should address the following questions:

  1. What problem are you solving? For whom? How is it novel?
  2. How will the $25,000 be utilized to grow your company?
  3. How will the $25,000 investment impact the Geekdom community?

 

Your pitch deck should give a short summary of your company, your business plan, your startup vision, and use of funds. PDF is preferred.

For more insight into how Geekdom evaluates applicants for investment, please review our Community Fund Investment Approach.

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