WATCH: Learn about starting your own business during KSAT’s San Antonio Startup Week Town Hall

Panelists included members of San Antonio’s business, tech communities

SAN ANTONIO – Going into its sixth year, San Antonio Startup Week is a 10-day event to celebrate entrepreneurship in the city.

“San Antonio Startup Week in essence is a celebration of all things startup, entrepreneur, and technology here in San Antonio,” said Dax Moreno, Managing Director of San Antonio Startup Week.

SA Startup Week’s mission is to bring the community together with workshops, city-building events, and educational panels.

To show off what to expect during SA Startup Week this year and answer any questions you might have about starting your own business, held a town hall on Wednesday with members of the San Antonio business and tech community.

The town hall was hosted by KSAT 12′s Max Massey and Tiffany Huertas.

The following panelists participated in the town hall:

  • Dax Moreno - Managing Director of San Antonio Startup Week
  • Jim Perschbach - President and CEO of Port San Antonio
  • Ashley Bird - Founder and CEO of Blooming with Birdie
  • David Jones - Founder and CEO of DJ Law
  • Shaun Edwards - Co-Founder and CTO of Plus One Robotics

A new addition coming to Port San Antonio was announced during the town hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Jim Perschbach, President and CEO of Port San Antonio announced Capital Factory, a co-working space located in Downtown Austin and Dallas, would be opening another location in San Antonio.

“The reason I’m so excited about San Antonio, is there are a lot of places in the world that can say they have tech, there’s a lot of places in the world that can say they have industry, but there are very few places that can say they have real capabilities in both. We do and the world is starting to pay real attention to that,” said Perschbach.

Ashley Bird, Founder and CEO of Blooming with Birdie, gave some advice to Hispanic women looking to start their own business in San Antonio.

“Take advantage of the opportunities that are coming to you,” said Bird, “If right now San Antonio wants to support Latina and Hispanic women, just show up and do your part and do your best and try to apply all the things that make you a special and unique person.”

You can watch the town hall in the player above.

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About the Authors:

Landon Lowe is a news producer for KSAT 12. He previously worked at the NBC/Fox affiliate in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was the senior news producer and political producer.

Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.