Tech Incubator Is Seeking Membership Applications from Local Tech Entrepreneurs

120111digitsstartups_512x288STOCKTON, CA –  The Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA) received a $25,000 grant from the Pacific Gas and Electric

Company’s (PG&E) Economic Vitality Grant Program to establish a Downtown Stockton Technology Incubator (Tech Incubator) and facilitate services to new innovators and emerging businesses. The PG&E grant supports efforts in stimulating economic growth, generating jobs, and enhancing work force development. The DSA selected a Downtown Stockton collaborative workspace at 235 N San Joaquin Street, as the initial hub for this project.

Leandro Vicuna, CEO of Downtown Stockton Alliance, is enthusiastic about the program, “The Tech Incubator will be a dynamic place where entrepreneurs will learn effective strategies from subject matter experts on how to launch a successful business, have access to one free shared office space, a place to network and a collaborative support system. This great combination will accelerate these entrepreneurs in growing their tech start ups. It’s an exciting opportunity to retain our local talent and encourage them to make a name for themselves in Stockton rather than commuting to Silicon Valley.”

Zac Cort, President and CEO of the Cort Group, is excited about the collaborative work space at 235 N San Joaquin Street,  “It will be Stockton’s premiere business start-up environment. The interior of the building is currently being remodeled and will include a number of amenities to help members enhance their business. The focus on business collaboration and entrepreneurship is exciting and much needed for Stockton as we start to grow our local economy by adding creative and high tech jobs.”

During the initial application process, up to ten entrepreneurs will be selected to receive memberships to the Downtown Stockton Technology

Incubator. Applications are available online at and will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 30, 2014.”

Paul Amador, president of Stockton-based California Applications Research Group (CalARG), was one of the entrepreneurs selected to participate in the Tech Incubator program. His company provides Business-to-Business (B2B) cutting-edge, mobile app design and development services, web design, and basic marketing services.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for CalARG and we’re so honored to be part of the program,” said Amador. “The Incubator provides access to so many services that small businesses need in order to grow – to take that next leap forward in their development. These programs that invest in small business innovation are the ones that ultimately help revitalize communities like Stockton.”

The Downtown Stockton Alliance is the lead agency of this project which is a collaborative effort with the City of Stockton’s Economic Development Department, San Joaquin Delta College Small Business Development Center, University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Angels, San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, IT service providers, and legal assistance.

For additional information about the Tech Incubator program, contact Leandro Vicuna at 209.888.8621 or

The mission of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, a non-profit organization, is to promote business, housing, arts and entertainment to help create a

vibrant, sustainable, urban community in Downtown Stockton.

The DSA is a public/private partnership uniting almost 1,000 property owners and downtown businesses incorporated in 1996 as a 501(c)(6)

corporation. Funded by a Property Based Improvement District (PBID) which allows property owners to self assess on properties and a Business

Improvement District (BID) which allows business owners to self assess their businesses, the Downtown District was voted into creation in 1997.

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