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Jun

2024


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ChicoSTART Announces GrowTECH FEST 2024!

June 4, 2024 – Chico, CA:   Get ready for another action packed entrepreneurial experience as ChicoSTART proudly presents GrowTECH FEST 2024 –  the ONLY entrepreneurial and tech event North of Sacramento, coming to the Sierra Nevada Big Room on November 6th! In its 5th year, GrowTECH FEST is set to ignite the North State with Keynote Speaker Maëlle Gavet, former CEO of Techstars…

Mar

2024


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ChicoSTART Empowering Startups + Small Businesses with 2024 Strategy and Innovation Workshop Series

Chico, CA  – ChicoSTART, the lead hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the North State, is thrilled to announce its upcoming Strategy and Innovation Spring Workshop Series. This series is designed to empower entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses with cutting-edge insights and strategies. The workshops will focus on leveraging AI, protecting your business from the latest fraud and scams and the 7 levels of business growth.


Jan

2024


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ChicoSTART Embarks on 6th Accelerated by Partnership with Glenn Grows

January 16 , 2024 – Chico, CA: ChicoSTART is renowned for its commitment to nurturing startups, providing entrepreneurial resources, and fostering innovation to rural communities through the CalOSBA Accelerate CA Inclusive Innovation Hub2 (iHub2), representing 20+ counties in Northern California. 

ChicoSTART announces the embarking of its 6th Accelerated by Partnership with Glenn County based Business and Employment Center Glenn GrowsGlenn Grows “believes in creating opportunities, providing mentorship and delivering resources for the Glenn County workforce by connecting business communities and suitable working and economic spaces”. 

Dec

2023


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ChicoSTART Introduces Advancing Modoc as New Accelerated by Partner

December 6, 2023 – Chico, CA: ChicoSTART is pleased to welcome Advancing Modoc to our Accelerated by ChicoSTART iHUB2 program. Advancing Modoc is located in Modoc County 

which is one of the designated service areas ChicoSTART supports through the CalOSBA Accelerate CA Inclusive Innovation Hub2 (iHub2).  

Nov

2023


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ChicoSTART Awarded 2023-2024 Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Grant

November 15, 2023ChicoSTART is pleased to announce it is one of 40+ Technical Assistance Center Providers in California who have been allocated funding from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. TAP Centers provide technical assistance to small business and entrepreneurs focused on women, minorities/people of color, veterans, low wealth, communities, rural communities, and disaster-impacted communities. The grant program runs October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024.


Nov

2023


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ChicoSTART Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week Chico

November 1, 2023 – Chico, CA: Entrepreneurs Thrive Here: ChicoSTART Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week November 13-19, 2023 – ChicoSTART will mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) specifically November 14-16 by hosting workshops plus a featured event with the Chico State College of Agriculture November 15th at the Chico State University Farm. The theme for #GEW2023 is “Entrepreneurs Thrive Here”, with more than 1,000 activities planned across the country to put the nation’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit on full display.

Oct

2023


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GrowTECH FEST 2023: A Resounding Success, Setting New Milestones for the North State

October 19, 2023 – Chico, CA:  GrowTECH FEST 2023, an annual celebration of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, has concluded its latest edition on a high note, leaving an indelible mark on the tech and startup ecosystem in the North State. It was hosted by ChicoSTART and powered by partner Build by Ferguson.

Aug

2023


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GrowTECH FEST Limited Offer: Early Bird Sale Through 8.31

August 9, 2023 – Chico, CA: ChicoSTART presents growTECH FEST 2023 October 11th +

12th at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room. Right now, event-goers have a limited time

to purchase Early Bird Tickets through August 31, 2023.

June

2023


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ChicoSTART Presents GrowTECH FEST 2023 – Announces Exclusive Launch Sale

June 2023 – Chico, CA: ChicoSTART is pleased to announce GrowTECH FEST 2023 with an Exclusive Launch Sale beginning tomorrow, June 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. Attendees can expect 60% off regular GrowTECH ticket prices. The GTF Launch Sale runs through June 30, 2023. 

July

2023


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ChicoSTART Executive Director, Eva Shepherd-Nicoll featured on The Mark Haney Podcast: “Nurturing Entrepreneurship + Startup Success in California’s North State”

ChicoSTART Executive Director Eva Shepherd-Nicoll took to the air July 19th to join the The Mark Haney Podcast to share her perspective on the vibrant energy of entrepreneurial spirit, and how it can shape the success of a startup. Eva’s work in the North State region of California involves providing vital one-on-one guidance to budding entrepreneurs.

July

2023


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ChicoSTART Introduces Indian Valley Innovation Hub as New Accelerated By Partner

ChicoSTART is pleased to welcome Indian Valley Innovation Hub  to our Accelerated by ChicoSTART iHUB2 program. The Indian Valley Innovation Hub is located in Plumas County which is one of the designated service areas ChicoSTART supports through the CalOSBA Innovation Hub2 (iHub2).  

June2023


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ChicoSTART on KPAY NEWS

June 23, 2023 – Chico, CA: ChicoSTART Executive Director, Eva Shepherd- Nicoll joins the Morning News to talk about how ChicoSTART helps provide resources to budding entrepreneurs and new Accelerated California designation.

June2023


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ChicoSTART Receives Round 1 Notice of Intent as an Accelerated California Inclusive Innovation Hub Designee

June 20, 2023 – Chico, CA:  ChicoSTART announces that they have been awarded a $1M grant for the renewal of the Accelerate California Inclusive Innovation Hub. ChicoSTART is currently one of 7 CA GO-Biz iHubs awarded this designation in round one, representing 20+ counties by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). 

May

2023


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ChicoSTART Presents GrowTECH FEST 2023 – Exclusive Launch Sale June 1st

May 31, 2023 – Chico, CA:  ChicoSTART is pleased to announce growTECH FEST 2023 with an Exclusive Launch Sale beginning tomorrow, June 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. Attendees can expect 60% off regular GrowTECH ticket prices. The GTF Launch Sale runs through June 30, 2023. 

May

2023


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Women in Business

Helping Women in Business – Upgraded Living May 2023

May 2023 – Chico, CA: It is often said that starting a business is one of the biggest risks someone can take. Giving up the security of employment and venturing out on your own is no easy task, and this issue of

Upgraded Living is filled with women who have done it. As most are likely to admit, finding success is much easier when you have support, and the team at ChicoStart offers just that. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, ChicoStart has a laundry list of over 300 entrepreneurial success stories it is rightfully proud of, and they’re looking forward to the next ten years of adding to it

May 2023


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CHICOSTART Partners with BlueTechValley to Focus on Water, Energy, and Agtech in the North State

May 11, 2023 – Chico, CA:  ChicoSTART  is pleased to announce their partnership with BlueTechValley, a California Energy Commission (CEC) initiative awarded to CSU, Fresno.  CSU Fresno is deploying this with (6) other partners including Chicostart. 

May 2023


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CHICOSTART Awarded SBDC Tech Affilate – A Win for Tech Industry Entrepreneurs

May 2, 2023 – Chico, CA: ChicoSTART was awarded the Tech Affiliate Program funding through the Northern Small Business Development Center. The funding is provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration and California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.  



Mar 2023


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CHICOSTART Signs MOU with Monterey Bay DART to Increase Innovation Pipelines for the North State

March 28, 2023 – Chico, CA:  Chicostart is pleased to bring another valuable resource to the North State for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses interested in drone, automation and robotics technology, with a recently signed collaboration Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Monterey Bay Drone, Automation and Robotics Technology (DART) initiative.

Mar 2023


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CHICOSTART + GROWTECH to Host Strategy & Innovation Workshops in April – Registration is Open!

Chico, CA – March 21, 2023: Registration is Open! Chicostart & growTECH have planned a 2023 Strategic and Innovative Workshop Series for the local business community and the North State. This 2-day event will take place April 18th and 19th at Stoble Workplace incorporating 5 diverse topics. These sessions will be focused on design thinking for business teams, leadership and culture in the workplace, startups and business banking, and more. Chicostart and growTECH expect these key business workshops will attract attendees locally and from around the North State.

Mar 2023


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CHICOSTART Finds Additional Capitol Resource for Underserved Small Businesses in the North State

Chico, CA – March 14, 2023: Chicostart continues to access valuable resources to support the entrepreneurial community, one such resource is Advantage Capital, who works with the New Markets Tax Credit Program to provide flexible business-friendly financing to companies in underserved areas.

Jan 2023


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CHICOSTART Awarded EDA Build to Scale Venture Challenge with CSU, Fresno & CLEANSTART

CHICO, CA – January, 26, 2023: Chicostart, is honored to announce it was awarded a Build to Scale funding level of the 2022 Venture Challenge through the U.S. Economic Development Association Grant (EDA). The intent of the Build to Scale Program is to “build regional economies through scalable startups”. The Venture Challenge awards grants to organizations that enable startups and support regions in overcoming barriers that prevent would-be innovators from accessing these opportunities.

Jan 2023


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CHICOSTART Announces New Amazon Web Services (AWS) Resources for Entrepreneurs & Startups

Chico, CA – January 19, 2023: Chicostart is thrilled to let the North State know they are now an Amazon Web Services (AWS Activate) Provider. Chicostart has partnered with AWS Activate to provide Activate benefits to our affiliated startups that include free AWS credits, technical support, training, resources, and more. These exclusive benefits are designed to help startups quickly get started on AWS and grow their business. 

DEC 2022


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CHICOSTART Bridges New IHUB2 Partnership with Fourthwave Accelerator


Chico, CA – December 13, 2022: Chicostart is proud to announce FourthWave as a new iHUB2 (Go-Biz Innovation Hub) partner. FourthWave, located in the Sacramento region, is a non-profit accelerator for women-led businesses. They dedicate an equal effort to leadership awareness and coaching, the development of sound startup business fundamentals and a preparedness for external funding. FourthWave is open to technology companies with at least one female-identified founder.  This partnership will be a valuable part of Chicostart’s reach to those female entrepreneurs underserved in the 20+ regions represented in its iHUB2 designation.


NOV 2022


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CHICOSTART Awarded Technical Assistance Program Grant from CalOSBA

Chico, CA – November 30, 2022: The Governor’s Office of Business (Go-BIZ) California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) has announced grant awards to recipients of the California Small Business Technical Assistance Program (SB TAP, formerly named SB Technical Assistance Expansion Program). Chicostart is pleased to announce that we are 1 of 100+ Technical Assistance Centers in California awarded…

NOV 2022


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CHICOSTART Community Organizer for Global Entrepreneurship Week: November 14-20, 2022

Chico, CA – NOVEMBER 10, 2022:  Chicostart will mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on November 14-20 by hosting workshops for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses throughout the North State. Chicostart has also partnered their local iHUB2 (Inclusive Innovation Hub Program) to bring visibility to their small business webinars during GEW. 

Oct 2022


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CHICOSTART & California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Provide DEI Resources for North State Entrepreneurs

Chico, CA: California Inclusive Innovation Hub 2 (iHUB2) partner, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CAHCC), is providing Chicostart with translation services for North State entrepreneurs who need access to tools and resources in Spanish.

Oct 2022


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CHICOSTART Brings the North State Together for a Successful GrowTECH Fest 2022

Chico, CA:  Wednesday, October 5th growTECH FEST 2022 presented by Chicostart  brought over 200 North State attendees to the Big Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. growTECH FEST is the ONLY entrepreneurial tech conference north of Sacramento bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, startups, innovators, community leaders and students to engage in 2 days of innovation, inspiration, education and networking. 

Aug

2022


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GROWTECH Fest Green Week Pre-Labor Day Sale Begins 8.26.2022

AUGUST 24, 2022 – Chico, CA: A special growTECH FEST 2022 “Green Week” Pre-Labor Day Sale starts THIS Friday, August 26th! growTECH FEST presented by Chicostart and Powered by Build with Ferguson, will take place Wednesday, October 5th at the Big Room, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and October 6th at Stoble Workplace, Downtown Chico.


Aug

2022


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CHICOSTART North State iHUB2 Brings in UC Davis as Ag Innovation Partner

August 18, 2022 – CHICO, CA: Chicostart and UC Davis are extending agriculture and natural resources to the Northern California Region through their iHub2 partner designation. These resources are extended through the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and The Vine. This partnership is another valuable component that Chicostarts’ North State iHub2 brings to bear to fill this particular gap in the North State entrepreneurial ecosystem.


July

2022


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Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now for GrowTECH Fest 2022

July 26, 2022 – CHICO, CA: Early Bird Tickets are on sale for growTECH FEST 2022! growTECH FEST presented by Chicostart and Powered by Build with Ferguson, will take place Wednesday, October 5th at the Big Room, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and October 6th at Stoble Workplace, Downtown Chico. growTECH FEST is the largest and only entrepreneurial conference north of Sacramento, CA. <