Launch of San Antonio Entrepreneur Center Brings New Hope to Develop Local Startup Talent

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is a nonprofit dedicated to creating spaces for startups and entrepreneurs in the region. Through monthly, or daily, membership options there are coworking and incubator spaces, mentorship, networking events, and many corporate benefits for those who are seeking it. The model has been extremely successful, and with a new location coming in Denton, growth is in DEC’s future.

Xconomy reports on Trey Bowles, founder of DEC, and his collaboration with San Antonio entrepreneurs to bring the successful DEC model to the region through the San Antonio Entrepreneur Center (SAEC) that opened in February. Modeled after the DEC, and backed by leaders in the San Antonio entrepreneur community, the Dallas ethos is spreading across the state and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit.

Clayton Thomas, who relocated to San Antonio from Dallas two years ago, sees the  SAEC as an opportunity to be the middle ground between the leaders of industry and the startup community and the many local colleges and universities. Thomas, his partners Peter French and Clayton Reaser, and Bowles hope that the SAEC will help to kick into motion business development and inject more enthusiasm into the economy, which has struggled to recover.

SAEC is for more than just tech-related industries and is looking to incorporate all industries, such as PR and marketing, into the fabric of the SAEC community. In the few weeks since it has opened, there are more than a dozen members and more than 600 people have checked out the physical space, indicating there is a high level of interest in the model.

The founders of SAEC hope that the facility can become the place where startups meet funding, but also other resources necessary to grow and develop from an idea into a successful product or service. With the success of DEC under his belt, Bowles knows what needs to happen for SAEC to be successful, but also understands what benefits San Antonio will see with the Entrepreneur Center’s success. A successful SAEC could help turn the tide on San Antonio’s economy and lift the Alamo City to the next level.

Blog post by: Harmony Tapper

Staff Writer