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Chicostart announces New OPENGRANTS.IO Portal

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08 NOV 2020

Staff

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Chicostart featured in Forbes

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04 JAN 2016

George Anders

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Providing a Safety Net After the Campfire

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17 JAN 2019

Ashiah Scharaga

Chico News and Review

Nov.

2021


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CHICOSTART ANNOUNCES NEW OPENGRANTS.IO PORTAL 


Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Chico, CA: Chicostart is pleased to announce they have access to a grant platform tool called OPENGRANTS.IO. The platform is currently FREE to the business community through Chicostart. 


OpenGrants.io is a single platform approach providing a grant search engine and marketplace of independent grant consultants and is self-titled “Netflix” of grants”. This tool can help businesses find grants in line with your interests and needs based on your profile. This portal can help businesses also find an expert to help them search, apply for, and manage their grant. 

What type of businesses and organizations in our region can benefit from this grant platform? Funding Demand Side 


● Grant seeking organizations, including startups, nonprofits and small businesses ● Consultants who can support grant demand, including grant writers and public funding experts 

Funding Supply Side 


● Grantmaking organizations, including government agencies and private foundations ● Other funding organizations, including VC’s, angel syndicates and banks


“We’re grateful that someone took a hard look at the unnecessary complexities of the grants market and decided to fix it. We value OpenGrants’ ability to provide us timely information on grants we otherwise wouldn’t have time to look for. This helps us provide relevant info to our startups, partnerships and Chicostart. We’re excited about our partnership with Opengrants – this tool will benefit the ecosystem we are creating for the region in both the short term and the future,” said Eva Shepherd-Nicoll, Executive Director. 


To access Chicostart’s Opengrants.io please visit https://chicostart.com/programs/. For more questions and more information please email eva@chicostart.com

About Chicostart: 

Chicostart supports and enriches Northern California’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem by providing small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups the resources they need to succeed. Our platform includes shared office amenities, mentoring, workshops, internships, tech talks, student-to-business projects, entrepreneurial events, satellite office programs, and anything else that helps our core mission of helping startups succeed. As a GO-BIZ iHub for the Far North, the Chicostart ecosystem includes but is not limited to investors, technologists, entrepreneurs, students, educators, local businesses, agencies and mentors.



June

2021


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Xytogen and Eva Shepherd on Stem Cell Research

John Aylworth and David Stachura, “began working together on a product for lung inflammation, a major cause of COVID-19. He and his team created a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved product which can be used similar to that of an inhaler.”

“Eva Shepherd, with the Center of Entrepreneurship at Chico State, worked with Aylworth and said that there is a roughly $10 million opening in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.”


Chico local attempting to use stem calls to treat COVID-19 through inhalant

Justin Couchot

Nov

2020


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Chicostart Partners With Butte College

“Butte students who are interested may use the Chicostart shared office space for free at their convenience between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students can benefit from engaging tech and entrepreneurial events, high-speed internet, large and small conference rooms, a kitchen, lounge areas, and whiteboards at their disposal.”

Beneficial Partnering Created With Butte College, Chicostart

Laura Urseny

Feb

2020


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Eva Shepherd- Nicoll named Executive Director

“Her face and expertise have been evident at Chicostart for nearly two years, but now Eva Shepherd-Nicoll has been named executive director of the entrepreneurial program. She succeeds managing director Wendy Porter, who is still with the program.”


Small changes noted at Chicostart

Laura Urseny

Sept

2019


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Article on planning of growTECH Fest

“It’s being heralded as the first-ever growTECH Fest, attracting tech companies, investors and guests from around the country. Co-organizer, Wendy Porter of Chicostart calls it, ‘The biggest event for startups, investors, entrepreneurs, techies, students, educators, business owners and community leaders.'”


Entrepreneurs, investors flock to Chico tech event

Laura Urseny

Sept

2019


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CSUC Center for Entrepreneurship and Chicostart

“The relationship between the Center for Entrepreneurship and Chicostart is a good example of how student entrepreneurs can mature to the point where they can expand the workforce and add to the local economy.”


Chico entrepreneurship center launches new year

Laura Urseny

Sept

2019


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Manufacturing Event in Chico

“Transfer Flow will continue with its tradition of an annual open house, during which they’ll hope for loads of visitors and lots of questions. Visitors will see how domestic steel is made into fuel tank systems that are sold throughout the world… Understanding manufacturing has gotten a little easier with the addition of the Grow Manufacturing Expo hosted by growTECH and California State University, Chico every October.”


Chico manufacturing event invites the public inside

Laura Urseny

July

2019


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Chicostart and growTECH member presenting at DEF CON

“Thousands of attendees will be heading to DEF CON 27 in Las Vegas next month, and among the speakers they can choose to hear is Edward Miro of Chico. Miro, whose specialty is cybersecurity, will be speaking the first day of this nationally known hackers conference… Tech analyst Wendy Porter sees Miro as a frequent volunteer at growTECH and Chicostart.”


Chicoan to speak at DEF CON on cybersecurity

Laura Urseny

Jan

2019


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Chicostart in Chico ER

“At a time when small businesses need all the help they can get, Eva Shepherd isn’t sure they are thinking “Chicostart.”Businesses may think that only entrepreneurs fit into the incubator, but the weeks under the shelter-in-place have shown the center’s ability to channel resilience into other business arenas.”

Chicostart: More for businesses than just getting started

Laura Urseny

Jan

2019


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Chicostart in Chico News & Review

“After the Camp Fire ignited, Chicostart knew it had to open its doors as soon as possible, says Director Wendy Porter. Whether it was to offer a space in which to connect with one another or to wifi, transition their phone lines or get some work done amid the chaos, entrepreneurs found they could turn to the business incubator to regroup.”


Providing a Safety Net

Ashiah Scharaga

Nov

2018


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Chicostart in Redding News

“A list of business members who have extra room to offer is being compiled, along with discussion of potential discounted rates for Paradise business owners that need to move into Chicostart long-term… The Paradise Water Department will be operating from Chicostart’s location inside Chico City Hall”


Finding long-term housing for Camp Fire refugees on the drawing board in Chico & Paradise

Michele Chandler

Feb

2017


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Chicostart in Chico News & Review

“An opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain momentum is the simple idea behind Chicostart’s Startup Weekend. It’s basically boot camp with entrepreneurs, mentors and local experts coming together to give good ideas a foothold. This will be the second Startup Weekend hosted by Chicostart, a locally created business incubator.”


Startups invited to Chico business boot camp

Laura Urseny

April

2016


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Startup Weekend Featured in ChicoER

Read about our hugely successful Startup Weekend and learn more about the winners!

BizBits: Here Comes a Foodie Alert

The Associated Press

Jan

2016


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Chicostart Featured in FORBES

Pretty exciting to have Chicostart mentioned in the Jan 2016 edition of Forbes magazine!

Why The ‘Wrong’ Location Can Be A Startup’s Hidden Strength

George Anders