Texas is a hotbed of innovation, with cities like Austin, Dallas and Houston nationally recognized as tech leaders. San Antonio, home of Rackspace and the Techstars cloud accelerator, is also making an impact.
We always enjoy our trips to San Antonio to meet with community builders, startup founders, technologists, developers, and everyone who is putting this tech community on the map. We recently hosted a roundtable discussion with tech leaders and Speaker Joe Straus. It was a great conversation on how public and private sector leaders can work together to build more tech-centric cities where entrepreneurs flourish.
Here are some of our favorite people, places, events and meetups to visit when we’re in Alamo City. (listed alphabetically)
Cafe Commerce is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Through a partnership with the City of San Antonio and LiftFund, Cafe Commerce offers valuable information, resources, one-on-one support, workshops, networking opportunities and a variety of tailored programs
Sign up at CafeCommerceSA.org to automatically become a member of the entrepreneurial community to learn about educational and networking events to better your brand. Walk-ins are welcome!
Founded in the heart of San Antonio’s emerging tech scene, Codeup offers educational bootcamps in full-stack and front-end web development, mobile development, and digital marketing.. In addition to offering bootcamps, Codeup hosts a number of free events open to anyone who shares a love of learning.
Geekdom is, in some ways, the center of gravity for all things tech in San Antonio. The city’s most prominent coworking space, Geekdom regularly hosts events, provides new businesses with mentors, and connects entrepreneurs, makers, technologists and creatives in their space on East Houston. If you’re just getting started in San Antonio’s tech scene, Geekdom should be your first stop.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind hosts monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. The monthly fireside chats have featured local entrepreneurs Michael Girdley, Steven Darby and Pegy Brimhall during recent events.
Tech Bloc connects San Antonio tech leaders to create strategies that will help San Antonio grow and thrive in the Internet Age. The group convenes members around issues like urban development, transportation, green spaces and economic development. Tech Bloc’s founding membership list reads like a who’s who of the San Antonio tech community. The group runs TechTuesday meetups and helps to promote other civic and tech events, and regularly weighs in on local policy issues.