Partner with Chicostart

What makes your business a GREAT fit for Chicostart Partnership? 

1. Your business would like to invest in the growth of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

2. Your business would like to be more engaged and recognized in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and in the community.

3. Your business would like to support and contribute to the expansion of Chicostart programs (link to programs) created for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses to nourish their ideas and reach their business goals.

4. Your business can provide a direct resource to support the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

5. Let’s growTECH! Your business would like to foster the growth of the tech industry through growTECH (linked) and expand its reach in this area. 

6. Your business would like to contribute to educating our entrepreneurial ecosystem by having the opportunity to speak at a Chicostart/growTECH workshop or event. 


Our partners are recognized all year and include additional growTECH Fest partnership 










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Donating with Confidence

We are a 501c3 nonprofit (Chico Economic Planning Corporation DBA Chicostart) dedicated to providing needed resources to startups and entrepreneurs.

Chicostart relies on support from individuals, businesses, the City of Chico, CSUC, and Butte College to fulfill its mission. In the past 4 years, we have successfully launched 14 startups and created 95 jobs. You can help us continue to positively impact our community and support the individuals who solve problems in new innovative ways.

Remember all donations are tax deductible via 501c3 status Chico Economic Planning Corporation DBA Chicostart!

Thank you to our Partners

BUILD.COM celebrates their entrepreneurial culture as one of our most successful Chico Startups.

Butte College

We partner with Butte College to foster student startups and connect them with our local tech and entrepreneur ecosystem.

Chico State University

We partner with Chico State Civic Engagement and the College of Business and Engineering to foster student startups and connect them with our local tech and entrepreneur ecosystem.


MC2 is a long time partner and contributes to our growTECH and entrepreneur community.


Work Truck Solutions is a growing Chicostart startup graduate located in downtown Chico.


NM&R is a comprehensive architecture, structural engineering & interior design firm.

Xytogen Biotech

Xytogen Biotech has special expertise in the field of human stem cell research. We are targeting burn and wound care therapies availing themselves of stem cell regenerative medicine.

Quorum Technologies

Established in 2003, Quorum Technologies is a customer-focused IT firm offering a full range of services to solve today’s complex business challenges.

MC Fiber Solutions

Established in 2016, MC Fiber Solutions (MCFS) is a premier provider of standard and customized cabling solutions for telecom and datacom applications.


Running a field service or construction business takes coordination and a great team.


Slater & Son is a general contractor contributing to economic development in Chico.

Social High Rise

Social High Rise is comprised of smart compassionate people who hustle, and who aren’t afraid to get out of their comfort zone.

Thank you Collaborators & Community Partners


Butte Community Access Center brings the power of digital media to our community.


We want to create great coffee and even better community.


OpenGrants is a grant search engine and marketplace of independent grant consultants.

City of Chico

The City of Chico has been an integral partner in supporting Chicostart and our efforts in economic development.

Chico Chamber

Making Chico the safest, most vibrant, premier city in the North State.

Startup Grind

Startup Grind was founded in 2010 when our founder, Derek Andersen got some friends and fellow entrepreneurs together to crack the same problem they were all facing: the growing challenges of launching a company.

Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates an array of programs in 180 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.

The Vine

The VINE is a connected community of innovators and resources. 


CONNECTING the Northern California region’s clean tech community through CleanStart PowerUP! networking events.

1 Million Cups

As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.

Grow With Google

Chicostart is a proud partner of Grow with Google to help our startups get amazing resources.

Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments