Goodwill, Geekdom help entrepreneurs launch ideas into business plans

SAN ANTONIO, TX—Aspiring entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to develop their business ideas into actionable business plans during a FREE 3-day rapid business startup weekend sponsored by Goodwill Industries of San Antonio in partnership with Geekdom.


The Catapult Weekend program starts at noon on Friday, Aug. 21, and ends on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 23. This event will take place at the Geekdom Event Center on the 7th Floor of the Rand Building at 110 East Houston St. in San Antonio, Texas 78205. Aug. 14 is the application deadline for a weekend workshop limited to 50 people.


“With Catapult Weekend, we want to make entrepreneurship accessible for everyone,” said Sybel Pici, Board Member and Mission Committee Chair of Goodwill San Antonio.


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While Geekdom is often associated with technology companies, the Catapult Weekend will be open to people with business ideas in a broad spectrum of industries.


“This will help entrepreneurs leverage technology to develop plans for a variety of businesses,” added Marla Jackson, President and CEO of Goodwill San Antonio.


Based on the “Lean Startup Method,” the Catapult Weekend will engage participants in a team-based environment learning ideation, market validation, business model development, problem solving, pitch development, and pitch presentation to entrepreneurs and investors. While organizers request participants come prepared with business ideas, it is also open to participants who are still formulating ideas.


“The workshop will teach you everything you need to know to start a business, focusing on basic principles that are key to success for any business startup,” said Nick Longo, Co-founder of Geekdom.


Prior to the event, Geekdom will hold an open house for accepted applicants on what to expect and how to mentally prepare for the program to get the most out of it. Candidates are required to bring a laptop or iPad/tablet, phone and materials to take notes.


Visit to register or to learn more about Goodwill programs.


About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year in South Central Texas. In addition to operating 18 retail stores, more than 25 donation stations and 12 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Laredo and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates 3 Good Careers Academies and manages 17 contracts for the U.S. government for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.

About Geekdom

Geekdom is a new kind of collaborative coworking space where Entrepreneurs, Technologists, Developers, Makers and Creatives help each other build businesses & other cool things together.


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