(May 18, 2010)--SATAI Network Foundation announced a name change to Startech Foundation and its website URL to www.startech1.org. The name was changed to align with the core focus of the organization and eliminate common issues associated with the past name. The company brand, services, operations and mission to inspire, create and grow technology companies remains the same.
"The organization has brand recognition throughout Texas and increasingly nationally and internationally," said Jim Poage, Startech president and CEO. "Our board of directors that represents a broad cross section of viewpoints felt it was time for a change. We are excited about the new name and logo. Our brand remains the same. We have been considering this change for over a year. A recent in-depth study we commissioned found a very strong identification and recognition of our major brand attributes of who we are, what we do and our mission, but a low correlation with the actual name."
The organization has a history and successful track record of helping technology commercialization throughout South Texas. Today, Startech advises clients on more than 20 sources of startup funding. The new name creates clear alignment with the core mission and services.
The acronym SATAI stood for San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative and was originally used when the organization formed in 1999. The organization was incorporated as a nonprofit in 2002 with initial funding by the City of San Antonio and named SATAI Network Foundation.
In 2005, SATAI became the host organization for the South Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, and its service area expanded to include San Antonio and a 32-county region. Funding also expanded to include the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, UTSA, AT&T and many other corporate and private donors. The name Startech Foundation is effective immediately.
Startech is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) Texas corporation with the mission to inspire technology innovation and commercialization, create technology companies and grow them into viable businesses in the regional economy. Startech offers venture innovation, investment and collaborative services for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, service providers and partners interested in technology innovation and commercialization.
The organization works closely with funding sources including the South Texas Angel Network, Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Venture Capital, SBIR and STTR grants, Microsoft BizSpark and others. From 2003 to 2009, Startech portfolio clients have raised more than $162 million in external financing. Startech receives financial support from the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the State of Texas, The University of Texas at San Antonio, private companies, individuals and public institutions.
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, invites San Antonio to engage in dialogue to gather a broad understanding of Puro. he symposium, which includes UTSA masters students, will be led by community members who embody the term. It's free and open to the public.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. 108, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
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UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
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