Everything's bigger in Texas, especially our Fellows' impact on the startup scene in San Antonio!
A Texas Town Mixing Tradition with Innovation
From the spectacular parks and green spaces to festive seasonal events and local entertainment, San Antonio celebrates its rich heritage and empowers its entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The major industry sectors in San Antonio include technology, science, engineering, and cybersecurity. In addition, aerospace and aviation, new energy, and advanced robotics in manufacturing are other major industry sectors.
Further, community leaders are committed to turning San Antonio into the next hub for entrepreneurship, promoting technology education for the high-skill jobs of the knowledge economy, and providing more urban options.
VFA San Antonio By The Numbers
Since VFA's arrival in 2014
22 Company Partners
Have hired Fellows
2 Fellow-Founded Companies
Based in San Antonio
How Fellows describe San Antonio
"The warm, supportive, and artsy people here. Definitely did not match my preconceptions of Texas."
Bethany Stachenfeld '15
"You really feel like you are getting in on the ground floor and there are people who want to make a difference and enable you to do the same."
Conor Chamness '18
"People-focused. Tight-knit. On the precipice of lift-off."
Anastacia Valdespino '18
Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:
Sean Wen '14, Founder at Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar
Sean Wen, a 2014 Fellow, completed his Fellowship in Baltimore. Sean had the chance to learn from Baltimore’s best chefs and brewmasters through an annual VFA event, and this experience ignited his passion for food. He moved to SATX to start Pinch.
Pinch started from pop-up crawfish boils in San Antonio to support the idea of creating a fun environment for families & communities to enjoy food deeply rooted in Asian culture. Today, nothing’s changed, and Pinch continues telling their story and providing patrons with an unforgettable experience.
Pinch is now cooking up plans for an Austin location that is scheduled to open for summer 2019.Read more about Pinch
Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:
Ryan Cleary '17, Founder at FloatMe
Ryan Cleary, a 2017 Fellow, currently works in San Antonio at The Learning Company. He has a strong interest in smart city technologies that build impactful solutions and processes to make life easier, more accessible, and more equitable. From this desire, he’s building his side project: FloatMe.
FloatMe is a financial wellness solution that allows for employees to access their earnings when they need to, protect them from overdraft fees, and support the future financial stability through education resources. For employers, FloatMe’s solution increases employee engagement, happiness, health, and retention.
How does Ryan describe FloatMe? “This tackles an issue I’m really passionate about, and which I see as having a detrimental effect on society and the ability of people to thrive.”Read more about FloatMe
What Fellows Love About San Antonio
"Fellows' time together is usually centered around food - going out to eat or cooking for each other."
Sarah Mellor '18
"Enjoying the warm weather by the pool!"
Lorenzo Martinez '18
"All the startups support each other and are related. They're always sponsoring events for others."
Kyle Bartholomew '18
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"Geekdom has served as the catalyst to ignite San Antonio’s downtown tech district, and it has worked with Venture for America to put students to work at local startups."– Lorenzo Gomez, Geekdom