About Us

We are Chicostart!

We strive to make Chico a community where problem solvers and innovators have what they need to thrive, in order to lead our business ecosystem to explosive success.

Our Mission

We support and enrich Northern California’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and provide startups the resources they need to succeed.

Our Platform

Shared office amenities, mentoring, workshops, internships, tech talks, student to business projects, entrepreneurial events, think tanks and satellite office programs.

Our Ecosystem

We are investors, technologists, entrepreneurs, students, educators, support organizations, local businesses and mentors. We partner with many entities that support budding entrepreneurs in not only the tech space but also clean energy, clean tech, Ag tech, sustainability, smart cities, nanotechnology & manufacturing.

Our Values

We love what we do and live by our values.


We are problem solvers, creators, and bravely determined.


We do what we love and do it because it makes the world a better place.


We respect each other and our humanity, and are proud to be in this movement together.


We are doing this for a reason, we are transparent, honest, and accountable to our mission.


We get things done and pick ourselves up at every fail and pivot in order to move forward and succeed.


Meet The Team

Chicostart is more than the amazing people that make the magic happen on a day to day basis. It is about the connections we have fostered within our Northern CA entrepreneur ecosystem. The partners, members, donors, sponsors, volunteers and collaborators are our larger extended team of doers and we couldn’t have built this fantastic movement without all of you!

Eva Shepherd-Nicoll

Executive Director

Heather Ugie

Marketing & BizOps

Alex Coba

Digital Content Manager

Fumiko Morimoto

Assistant Project Manager

James Mitchell


Gunner Batchman


Logan O’Sullivan 

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Emily Walker


Chanel Hamilton


Check out our Ecosystem map to explore Chicostart’s connections.

Startups in our Network

Check them out here!

Our Region

We are located in Chico, CA. but we serve 13 Counties in Northern CA. via our Go-Biz iHub designation. We help all Northern CA. Businesses Innovate and Succeed. Learn more about our iHub Services…

Contact & Visit Us Today!

We can help you get connected to our vast entrepreneurial and tech community in Northern CA. and help you get your ideas launched.