September 18,2013 | | Business
The downtown Chico technology incubator called ChicoStart – a Quorom Technologies Innovation Center -officially opened with its first member, StudentStock. The downtown Chico technology incubator called ChicoStart – a Quorom Technologies Innovation Center – officially opened with its first member, StudentStock, moving into the space this week. ChicoStart is an initiative of Innovate North State, which has partnered with the City of Chico and Chico State University to bring the incubator to fruition as an important resource for start-up tech companies.
StudentStock originally met with Innovate North State Chairman Steve Gonsalves and ChicoStart’s Executive-in-Residence Kevin Kinell in August to customize their location and desired layout within the space. After customization was completed, the StudentStock team relocated from their prior location in one of the founder’s garages into the new ChicoStart facility which is located on the bottom floor of the City of Chico municipal building at 411 Main Street.
LaRee Hartman, CEO of StudentStock, says she hopes to spread the word about what her team is working on, “We’re just getting ready to release our product and felt ChicoStart would be ideal for this next stage of our company’s development in getting our name more well known to developers, student photographers as well as investors. It also works great for some of our student developers who can easily walk or bike from Chico State over to our new office location.” Innovate North State Chairman Steve Gonsalves was pleased about StudentStock’s decision to locate at the facility, stating “our intent is to make ChicoStart a haven for high-growth-potential start-ups and we stand ready to assist other entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground at the facility.”