In 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. codified the California Innovation Hub (iHub) program by signing Assembly Bill 250 (Holden, Chapter 530, Statutes of 2013) into law.  The iHub program improves the state’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters throughout the state.  iHubs are operated through a cooperative agreement between GO-Biz and geographically distinct regions within California.  Each iHub represents an independent partnership between local government entities, public universities, research institutions, venture capitalist networks, and economic development organizations.  Businesses and potential investors can utilize these regionally-based iHubs to gain greater access to funding opportunities, technology transfers, research relationships, incubator space, and the local workforce. 

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit within GO-Biz is the state’s primary point of contact for promoting California’s innovation infrastructure.  It functions to develop an environment that encourages entrepreneurship, promotes long term economic growth, and facilitates job creation through innovation.  This unit is primarily responsible for the administration of California’s iHub program.

iHub Coordinators

iHub Coordinator Contact Name Address City/State/ZIP Phone
OCTANe OC JC Ruffalo 65 Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 330-6572
ChicoStart iHub Wendy Porter 411 Main Street # 101 Chico, California 95928  (530) 924-5089
Central California iHub Diane Howerton 550 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 230 Fresno, CA 93710 (559) 241-6590
iHub San Diego - CONNECT Greg McKee 4790 Eastgate Mall, Suite 125 San Diego, CA 92121 (858) 964-1300
iGATE iHub Brandon Cardwell 2324 Second Street Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 583-3911
LA iHub - Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Michael Swords 525 S. Hewitt Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 (310) 709-3543
Palm Springs iHub + Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Joe Wallace 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way  Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 340-1575
Inland SoCal Link iHub - County of Riverside Rob Moran 3403 10th Street, Suite 400 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 955-6673
San Francisco iHub - San Francisco Center for Economic Development Vacant 235 Montgomery Street, Ste. 1200 San Francisco, CA 94104  

San Jose/Silicon Valley Emerging Technology Innovation Hub - 

City of San Jose Office of Economic Development

Chris Burton, Sr. 200 E. Santa Clara Street, 17th Floor San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 535-8114
iHub San Joaquin Micah Runner c/o of the County Administrator
44 North San Joaquin Street, Suite 640
Stockton, CA 95202 (209) 954-3535
California Network for Manufacturing Innovation
(CNMI) iHub - CMTC
Jim Watson 690 Knox Street, Suite 200 Torrance, CA 90502 (310) 263-3064
Sacramento iHub - I/O Labs Mark Beckford 1007 7th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 768-4003