Almost five years ago, the Santa Clarita Business Incubator opened its doors with a mission to help local entrepreneurs groom their cutting-edge ideas and connect them to resources to help their businesses thrive. The idea being that participating companies would put down roots, grow and flourish in the Santa Clarita Valley, ultimately adding high-quality jobs to the community. This vision is being realized, as several companies have graduated from the program, new high tech jobs have been created, the businesses have chosen to remain in Santa Clarita after graduation and they continue to be successful.
Last month, the Santa Clarita Business Incubator was proud to recognize tenant, Acqubit, for graduating the program early. Formerly known as 3D-SensIR, Acqubit designs, builds and offers handheld smart 3D LIDAR camera systems that transform reality into photorealistic 3D models directly onsite. Just over two years into their residency at the Business Incubator, Acqubit secured its first contract and recently transitioned into a local operating space with an expanded footprint to accommodate future growth.
The Business Incubator currently has two tenants, each making revolutionary changes in their respective industries.
- Celitech Inc. is developing the world’s first digital network that enables international travelers to get mobile connectivity through an app, which will revolutionize the data roaming industry. Earlier this year, Celitech was selected from over 7,000 startup companies to exhibit at the prestigious Startup Grind Global Conference in Silicon Valley, and CEO Ahmad Fares was invited to be a speaker at the MVNO World Congress in Madrid, Spain. Fares is also a participant in the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class technology executives.
- Rangle News is using technology to create efficiencies for newsrooms. Their flagship product is their “citizen journalism” newsgathering app, which is revolutionizing the way newsworthy content is created and how consumers access news.
The Santa Clarita Business Incubator was recently awarded the prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in City-Business Relations. This comes as a result of the program’s innovative approach to supporting entrepreneurship, the success of creating new companies and high-quality jobs, and strategically working with business partners to support these companies.
The Santa Clarita Business Incubator is a partnership between the City of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons and the Small Business Development Center. The Business Incubator is proud to also partner with private companies like Poole and Shaffery, LLP and Hedman Partners to provide resident companies access to high quality legal and financial services.
For more information on the Santa Clarita Business Incubator program and their tenants, visit InnovateSantaClarita.com.