Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 3463 Magic Dr

Guest Speaker:
Ruben Lopez

You Paid For It, Come & Get It! Essential Services For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

The Institute for Economic Development hosted by UTSA is a valuable resource for inventors and entrepreneurs providing no-cost, one-on-one, consulting as well as workshops. Ruben Lopez, a senior business adviser with the Small Business Development Center (a sub-center within the Institute), will provide an overview of the nine centers that make up the Institute including the SBDCNet Information Clearing House (SBDCNet) and the new Technology Commercialization Center. See, and

The SBDCNet provides no-cost market research for inventors and entrepreneurs using UTSA library as well as proprietary databases. Among the research services provided include patent searches, demographic data, and industry specific reports.

The recently formed Technology Commercialization Center provides consulting to technology inventors and entrepreneurs seeking specialized science and engineering assistance and referrals, as well as consulting to those seeking help with SBIR and STTR technology development grants.

Among one of the many workshops the SBDC offers is one called the Business Model Canvas. The BMC is a brainstorming tool that is used to test your product idea assumptions related to your value proposition, your customers, and seven other building blocks that together make up your product business model. Using a real-life audience example, Ruben will walk the audience through the brainstorming process of creating a BMC.

Ruben Lopez has a breadth of experience for assisting almost any inventor, entrepreneur and small business owner. His career includes serving nearly seven years in the U.S. Army, four years with Mobil Chemical Company at a manufacturing plant, four years as a small business owner and over 15 years with the University of Texas System as a technology licensing associate and now as a small business advisor. Ruben has a Masters in Management of Technology, and a Masters in Business Administration.

Meeting Flyer: You Paid For It, Come & Get It! Essential Services For Inventors & Entrepreneurs (pdf)

San Antonio Technology Center (SATC)
3463 Magic Dr
San Antonio, TX 78229
Google Link

From 5:30pm to 6:30pm is for inventors to visit and bounce ideas off each other.

From 6:00pm to 6:30pm Alan Beckley will be available, via Skype, to answer your invention questions.

From 6:30pm to 8:00pm Guest Speaker


Guests are welcome.

Look for your pre-printed name tag

We have a large screen with HDMI cable.
We have CAT5 and wireless internet.
Let us know in advance if you will need a computer for your presentation.