Geekdom Mentor Week takes place the first full business week of every month and is an opportunity for members to meet with vetted local industry experts and experienced professionals 1:1 for guidance and/or feedback on their business. An email with the mentor lineup for the month is sent out a week prior allowing members to schedule time with the mentor of their choice.
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event done in partnership with Techstars, which brings together San Antonio designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains, to do amazing things together. Participants have an opportunity to pitch an idea, or join the team they think they can contribute the most to. Throughout the weekend, participants have access to mentors that will help them validate their idea, develop a MVP, and prepare for the final pitches on Sunday. At the end of the weekend, participants have the opportunity to compete for prizes that will help them continue to build the top ideas. For more information, please visit here.
The Geekdom Workshops program is an extension of the original 1:1 mentorship program. It serves as a foundational education resource for community members just launching their business as well as established business owners looking to grow. Workshops are curated by the Programs team and are based on feedback and requests we receive from the Geekdom community. They take place the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of every month in the Tron conference room from 3:30PM - 5:00PM.
The Community Fund provides initial seed funding to help startups gain traction in the marketplace. Its focus is on accelerating the growth and establishment of new businesses and entrepreneurs in San Antonio’s emerging downtown ecosystem. The Community Fund will release a single $10,000 to one eligible Geekdom member. Geekdom members who are in good standing , have been a member for at least 90 days, have a legally formed company, and are contributing members to the community are eligible to apply.
In an effort to build more meaningful connections between SA's local government and it's tech & entrepreneur community, Geekdom and the City of San Antonio's Office of Innovation have teamed up to create CivTechSA.
The mission of this unique, civic engagement program centers around the collaborative problem-solving of various city challenges as well as facilitating the growth of our local startup ecosystem. By working with a wide-array of partners, sponsors, and organizations within the San Antonio community, CivTechSA will engage the city's growing and diverse pool of tech & entrepreneurial talent in four developmental stages:
Junior High and High School Students
College & University Students
Entrepreneurs & Tech Workforce
Participants in the program will be introduced to city challenges, with varying degrees of complexity, via events that are tailored to their specific group throughout the next 12 months. Through these events and the increased activity between communities, CivTechSA will help the city recognize a number of benefits including helping to combat brain drain, promoting civic engagement, and inspiring entrepreneurial spirit in our city government.
If you are interested in learning more about this program in a sponsorship or partnership capacity, please contact the CivTechSA Program Manager for Geekdom, Joyce Deuley , at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your startup need some summer talent? The Students + Startups program aims to connect high-caliber college students with San Antonio-based startups looking to hire an intern. Both interns and startups are carefully vetted to ensure a good fit and a productive summer. Students + Startups is a summer internship program that was founded in 2016 in partnership with Trinity University and the 80/20 Foundation. For more information, please visit www.studentsstartups.com.