(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 annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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