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 iHub JC Ruffalo 65 Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 330-6568
ChicoStart iHub Wendy Porter 411 Main Street # 101 Chico, California 95928  (530) 892-1707
Central California iHub Diane Howerton 550 E. Shaw Avenue,  
Suite 230
Fresno, CA 93710 (559) 241-6590
iHub San Diego Greg McKee 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive,
Suite A-124
La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 964-1300
iGATE iHub Brandon Cardwell 2324 Second Street Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 231-2333
LA iHub Michael Swords 525 S. Hewitt Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 375-8980
Palm Springs iHub + Accelerator Campus Joe Wallace 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way  Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 323-8175
iDEA iHub Dr. Bill Hogan 38256 Sierra Highway,
Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93350 (661) 276 3174
Inland SoCal Link iHub Rob Moran 3403 10th Street, Suite 400 Riverside, CA 92501 (800) 984-1000
San Francisco iHub Dennis Conaghan 235 Montgomery Street,
Ste. 1200
San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 352-8819
San Jose/Silicon Valley Emerging Technology Innovation Hub Chris Burton, Sr. 200 E. Santa Clara Street,
17th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 535-8178
iHub San Joaquin Natalia Orfanos/David Nelson 10100 Trinity Parkway Stockton, CA 95219 (209) 954-8178
California Network for Manufacturing Innovation
(CNMI) iHub
Jim Watson 690 Knox Street, Suite 200 Torrance, CA 90502 (925) 273-3370
Sacramento iHub Brandon Weber 1931 H St Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 585-4483