When Patrick Carroll first rolled through Chico two decades ago, he couldn’t have predicted that this place would someday become his home. But, as these things go when it comes to this city of trees, the seed had been planted. So, after two years as a Jesuit novice in Minneapolis, instead of taking the path of brotherhood, he chose to return to civilian life. That other path, it turns out, led him back to Chico.
“I researched hundreds of incubators and co-worker spaces,” Carroll said during a recent interview. “From my perspective, the things that were important were having access to a university and having a good, collaborative environment at an incubator/accelerator.”