Capital Match - Chicostart


Chicostart’s Capital Match initiative serves as a catalyst for the connecting of capital sources and business opportunity in Northern California.  Five Star Bank serves as the Title Sponsor of the Capital Match program.

The Capital Match Progam includes several components, including:

  1. Scheduled early-evening meetings featuring pre-screened presentations by entrepreneurs, business owners or commercial real estate developers or brokers to sources of capital.
  2. Ongoing capital searches to selected entrepreneurs, businesses and commercial real estate projects occurring in-between the early evening meetings.
  3. Business plan, executive summary and presentation review and coaching.

Golden Triangle Capital Network’s First Alumni Companies:

Jobville – JobVille is a  seed stage startup in Nevada City, CA . Our award winning mobile platform — Candy Crush meets LinkedIn — uses game mechanics to help students overcome the biggest challenge they face: job search.  24 employers and 1200 California high school and college students will participate in our Fall 2015 beta. Partnering with X-Cube Labs — specialists in game/app development — to develop and deploy JobVille.

BoxHub – BoxHub is a a one-stop shop Hardware-Software solution for CrossFit Gyms. BoxHub helps owners run all back end billing and scheduling. It shows during-workout videos and instructions & allows athletes to enter scores via our patent pending digital whiteboard. It provides an iPhone-Android app that tracks each athlete’s scores, etc.

Engage3 –  is an early stage data analytics company in Davis California that is driving more profitable retail transactions in a world of price and product transparency.Engage3 was founded by serial entrepreneurs, Ken Ouimet and Tim Ouimet whose previous Sacramento area start-up, Khimetrics, pioneered the retail price optimization market and was sold to SAP in 2006, returning 11X to Series A investors. Retail price optimization became a $800 million market. Engage3 is opening up a bigger market opportunity by applying advanced predictive analytics to unlock retail price and product visibility. Innovators in this $1.2 trillion annual market will respond by using algorithmic trading logic to deliver personalized promotions to compete for their share of the empowered consumer’s wallet.

Mad Dash Pizza – In 2009, Mad Dash Pizza, pioneering new technologies, opened the nation’s first Quick Bake Pizza restaurant in Chico, California; baking a fresh, made-to-order, live yeast personal pizza in two minutes. Today, copy-cat concepts are exploding throughout the nation.  As the concept originator, with five years operational history, multi-year 30%+ double digit growth and a nationally experienced management team, Mad Dash Pizza plans for 5 company owned and 18 franchised locations over the next 6 years.

TraitWare – Early stage Multi-Factor Authentication Company that is revolutionizing the resource enterprise access platform by eliminating username and password logins. 76% of resource breaches result from compromised username and passwords JPMorgan Chase, Anthem Blue Cross, Sony Pictures, Target Etc. RGP being deployed to Law enforcement agencies. Top tier Business Bank and Healthcare systems looking to deploy to their consumer facing portals. 

GThrive offers a soil and field monitoring system that provides commercial growers with real-time information to manage the watering, fertilization, and planting of their crops. gThrive’s monitoring system provides more data, is more portable, less expensive, and easier to install and use than competing technologies. The system measures moisture, EC (salinity+), and soil temperature at the roots, as well as air temperature and sunlight. Growers view their data on a smartphone or browser, in the field, or anywhere.

Galaxies – Demographically driven and right-sized to begin in Chico, Galaxies is designed to disrupt an industry that is ripe for disruption. Utilizing a combination of cutting edge technology and clean, beautiful design Galaxies will recreate the restaurant industry by adding entertainment to the experience creating a true “eatertainment” revolution.

Bright Light Structures (BLS) has developed and produces an advanced patent-pending composite fiber which changes how automobiles and other products are designed and manufactured. BLS is in commercial production of the Zenos E10 chassis as well as designing and prototyping chassis and components, for well-known  auto OEM’s  including BMW,  JLR and Ferrari.

Perkville is an automated cloud based customer rewards platform for small and medium sized businesses that drives measurable results including loyalty, referrals and social media.  They have 1000+ SMB customers worldwide and are on track to do $1M in SaaS revenue this year.

Terzo Power Systems has developed a compact,highly efficient hydraulic pump motor unit named the HydraPulse. Utilizing our patent pending system, control and programming architecture, on-demand fluid supply, and plug and play reliability, Terzo is able to decrease the complexity, cost, and energy involved with the fluid power systems for both mobile and industrial applications.

Cold Machines, Inc is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business that helps small to medium sized commercial building owners better manage their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) costs and equipment. For the first time, light commercial building owners have on-line, real-time visibility and control of their HVAC systems.

 ModetoWear provides connected jewelry elements with tailored solutions for professional women to be embedded in premium Jewelry brand products. These items will be the smallest and most convenient technology package by a wide margin.

Soul iD is the network dedicated to action and adventure sports. Unlike traditional social networks, Soul id is unique in that it hosts an individual community for every sport that the company supports. Every community provides the top news, photo and video content delivered from across the world of action sports

Whim is a new model dating service that uses scheduling tools, venue algorithms, and profile discovery in a mobile app to set up real-life dates at specific local venues.

Executive Summaries and/or pitch decks from alumni companies are available upon request to premiere partners of Innovate Northstate and/or the Golden Triangle Capital Network.

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Why the Capital Match Program

This exclusive initiative is intended to fill a gap in an inefficient capital market place in the region resulting from a lack of a critical mass of fundable projects and sources of capital in any individual community; yet, when viewed in a region-wide context is sufficient. The Capital Match’s innovation is its “capital stack” approach, which brings together all segments of both the supply and demand side of capital formation, thereby enabling more key strategic business connections.

According to Innovate North State’s Justin Miller, “private capital markets — particularly in non-metro areas — are not efficient. Hundreds of individuals and businesses in the Golden Triangle region of Northern California provide financial capital in various forms for development projects, entrepreneurial start-ups or existing business expansion projects – but there is no simple mechanism or forum to bring them together to further opportunities to leverage capital resources. And,” he concluded, “that does not include sources that exist in neighboring regions or the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley.”

Get Involved

Individuals, businesses, and institutions benefit from membership in the Capital Match by being part of a premier “in the know” network of movers and shakers in the region, hearing about deals they otherwise would not know about, and participating in compelling business opportunities. Types of individuals and entities that benefit include:

• Individual angel investors
• Angel investor groups
• High net worth individuals and families who don’t “self identify” as private investors
• Commercial real estate investors
• Commercial real estate brokers
• Family offices
• Investment bankers
• Commercial banks
• Non-bank lending entities
• Government lending programs
• Federal SBIR/STTR grant research programs
• State Community Development Block Grant programs
• Private equity funds
• Venture capital funds

Apply for Funding

Savvy entrepreneurs, successful existing business owners and experienced commercial real estate developers, investors and brokers seeking to make a presentation at the our next quarterly investment forum, or benefit from the other Capital Network services should email

*Note: Demo-tables are made available free of charge to all presenters. 

Fee for selected companies:
Showcased Company (15 min) $800
Elevator Pitch Company (2 min) $500

Fee for selected commercial real estate projects:
$500,000 – $999,999             $500
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999       $750
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999       $1,000
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999      $1,250
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999      $1,500
$3,000,000 – $5,000,000    $1,750
$5,000,000+ $2,0000

Five Star Bank as Title Sponsor of the Capital Match Program.

Five Star BankMarcy Sutcliffe, Five Star Bank’s Senior Vice-President and a member of the Chicostart Board of Directors explains why Five Star Bank has chosen to sponsor the Capital Match: “Armed with the capital they need, savvy entrepreneurs, business owners and commercial developers can advance job creation and wealth generation projects that will grow the regional economy.”

Five Star Bank was started in 1999 by a group of Sacramento area business professionals to provide local banking services with an emphasis on commercial real estate and small business. With business offices in Rocklin, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and Redding, Five Star Bank offers the opportunity to work with banking professionals who provide fast lending decisions and are intimately familiar with the project at hand, local economy, and their client’s needs. For more information about Five Star Bank, please visit