Do you have an idea for the next great startup, but don’t know where to start? Are you an entrepreneur looking for resources in San Antonio? Look no further!
Below is a list of 18 local, San Antonio based, resources that can assist aspiring entrepreneurs by providing guidance, ideas, networking, legal advice, funding and more.
1. Launch SA
The goal at LaunchSA (previously called Café Commerce) is to make entrepreneurship easier, and to strengthen the support infrastructure for small business owners. LaunchSA is for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. LaunchSA is located at the downtown library (600 Soledad St, San Antonio TX 78205) and is a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs and small-business owners can go to get information, resources, market data and guidance to start and maintain their business.
2. One Million Cups San Antonio
Every week, 2 local entrepreneurs are given 6 minutes to present their startups to an audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs, with 20 minute Q & A each. Presenters gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses and connect with a community that truly cares about their progress. This is also an opportunity for the audience to learn from the presenters and network with local start-ups.
3. Silicon Hills News
This is a site that shares technology news with companies and entrepreneurs. They discuss issues for creative people and provides a calendar of technology based events. It covers the Austin and San Antonio region.
4. Lift Fund
LiftFund provides credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and provides leadership and innovation to the micro-lending industry.
5. San Antonio Clean Energy Incubator
SACEI’s mission is to develop new companies and foster new business activity related to clean technology in San Antonio, in ways that can be expanded to Texas, our nation, and the world in order to promote socio-economic prosperity.
T3DC is a leader in providing early-stage investment capital and support services for entrepreneurs in medical, scientific, and tech fields in Central Texas.
7. Venture Weekend – 3 Day Startup
VentureWeekend San Antonio is a program run by VentureLab. The idea of VentureWeekend is simple: start a company over the course of three days. We rent work space for an entire weekend, recruit 40 students and young professionals with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors, pick the best idea for a startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.
Geekdom is a new kind of collaborative co-working space where Entrepreneurs, Technologists, Developers, Makers & Creatives help each other build businesses & other cool things together.
9. Geekdom Funding
The Geekdom Fund creates a source of funding for startup companies who are active in the Geekdom community.
10. The San Antonio WordPress Meetup Group
A group of local San Antonio WordPress enthusiasts using the most complete, efficient and versatile way to create websites and blogs: WordPress. Beginners, Bloggers, Advanced Coders, Designers, Small Business Owners & Hobbyists – everyone is welcome to mix, mingle and learn about WordPress! Join us – Most of our events are FREE!
11. SA Pitch
SA Pitch is a regular lunchtime event where startups pitch their businesses over lunch to active angel investors. It’s the way pitch events should be. Fast, focused and no fluff.
12. San Antonio Angel Investors
AngelList is a comprehensive search/directory platform for startups where you can browse, network and contact angel investors to help get your startup up and running.
13. Rivard Report
A collection of reports that focus on business, technology, and other topics that may be an interest to business owners. They provide a local online news source that covers the best about San Antonio. They believe in an informed and connected San Antonio community.
14. San Antonio Small Business Development Center
Entrepreneurs have access to professional and confidential business advising, a variety of quality training programs, and an extensive referral network at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With the addition of business advisors who live and work in your local community, success is just around the corner!
15. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Center
The San Antonio MBDA Business Center is dedicated to helping the minority entrepreneur flourish and grow in today’s marketplace.
16. Institute for Economic Development
Since 1979, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development has helped over 5,000 businesses open their doors and create more than 58,000 jobs in the Texas economy. We are dedicated to providing top-tier advising, training, and research for our clients, communities, and partners.
17. Break Fast & Launch
If you’re an entrepreneur in the restaurant industry – this is the resource for you. Get mentoring and financial assistance too. Connect with their team on their website to find out about their program and possibilities.
18. San Antonio Online Marketing Meetup Group
Network with fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners who are working hard to improve their online marketing. Get free classes and some paid opportunities to learn how to better you online presence and every aspect of social media, seo, conversion strategy and more.