The Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF) and VelocityTX are San Antonio’s champions for driving economic development in and around emerging technologies. We fund and develop innovative ventures, building San Antonio’s bioscience and technology economy.
As a leading economic development organization, we strongly support the long-term community goal of supporting commercialization, strengthening and supporting our military missions and promoting entrepreneurial development as a key economic strategy.
VelocityTX at its core is an innovation hub where entrepreneurs and those who are interested in startups can access the resources they need – capital, mentors, investment opportunities, subject matter experts and CONNECTION to the San Antonio Ecosystem.
VelocityTX stimulates company research, development, and formation; encourages economic development and attract companies in the high-tech, life sciences and biotech industries; improves and diversifies the economy; creates high-paying and high-tech jobs; and leverages life science, high-technology and biotech assets within the city of San Antonio and across the region.
1. Be honest
2. Provide Fair Treatment
3. Demonstrating Strong Moral Principals
4. Building Trust Through Every Interaction
5. Placing Our Collective Interest Above Ourselves
6. Being Reliable and Delivering on Expectations
7. Being Unified and Cohesive
1. Having a Bias Toward Action
2. Demonstrating Skip Counting
3. Delivering Impactful Results with Speed
4. Working in Parallel
1. Accelerating New Ideas
2. Every Experience is a Learning Opportunity
3. Sustaining Momentum for New Innovations
4. Being Creative
5. Initiating Change
Founded the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF)
In December 1986, Tom and Nancy Pawel gave 1,514 acre of land for a research park to TRTF
UT Health San Antonio established the institute of Biotechnology at the TRTF Research Park
TRTF develops Research Plaza I/II which creates facilities for growing bio companies
BioMedical Enterprises, Inc. [BME] established manufacturing facility
UT Health and Cancer Treatment and Research Center develop labs and new facilities
McDermott Pre-Seed Fund Created
Microsoft purchases land and establishes Data Center
TRTF Purchases Merchant’s Ice & Storage and created their subsidiary VelocityTX, the innovation arm for entrepreneurial efforts in the life sciences, bio sciences, and disruptive technologies.
VelocityTX Innovation Center Ground Breaking
VelocityTX Innovation Center Opens with anchor tenant GenCure
For over 37 years, the Texas Research Technology Foundation (TRTF) has been successfully promoting and developing emerging technologies and the life science industry in the San Antonio area. In that time, it has established strong relationships within and become an integral part of the innovation ecosystem. In 2017, TRTF purchased the five-acre Merchant Ice complex which is located near Ft. Sam Houston. The Merchant Ice complex is being developed as an innovation center and includes its VelocityTX incubator and accelerator with a focus on the life sciences, biotech, military medicine and disruptive technologies.
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