December 10, 2013, Sacramento, CA – Nine-year-old Nicolas Come, founder of the “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and digital platform, was named by, Innovate North State, as the “Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” at the coveted, 29th annual, “Regional Innovation Awards.” The Innovation Awards are a celebration and recognition of innovative and “breakthrough” business success, occurring in the ‘530’ region.  The Innovation Awards were hosted at California State University, Chico, and were very well attended by an audience anxious to see the ultimate winners selected from among 100 finalists in 25 different individual and company/organizational categories.

Hosted and organized originally in 1984 by CEPCO, and since 2012 by Innovate North State, the 29th annual Innovation Awards have expanded to include the entire 530 area code, encompassing most of Northern California. Prior Innovation Award winners have included such market leaders asSierra Nevada Brewing Company and For consideration for an Innovation Award, companies and professionals are honored because of their tremendous, innovative achievements and their “game-changing”, positive impact, locally, statewide, nationally, and globally. =


Innovate North State’s Managing Director Jon Gregory stated, “The annual Innovation Awards Dinner represents our once-a-year hallmark gala event, honoring phenomenal business success, organization performance, products and services, as well as exceptional executives and professionals, educators and civic leaders, throughout the ‘530’ region.” Mr. Gregory continued, “We are honored to have the opportunity to showcase the tremendous success stories of business and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and professionals who are leaders in their respected industries.”

Innovate North State’s choice as, “Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” Nicolas Come, is the pint-sized third-grader that founded the, “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and digital platform. Nicolas was selected by the Innovation Awards judges, due to his unique, but considerable, positive impact in promoting healthy eating for and among children worldwide. Since its launch over five months ago, the “By Kids; For Kids”, “Nicolas’ Garden” company has inspired thousands of children worldwide to try and share healthy foods and recipes, promote the importance of “Farm-to-Fork,” and support healthier lifestyle choices, using digital and other technologies, social media and You-Tube “NG.TV” video blogs, community appearances and partnerships. To date, Nicolas’ Garden has over 5,000 downloads, has generated over 9 million media impressions worldwide, and prompted an invitation to the White House to meet the President of the United States (only six weeks after the Mobile App was “live”).

Upon accepting the “Student Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, Dr. Paul Zingg, President of California State University, Chico, was so impressed with Nicolas, that he offered the nine-year-old Entrepreneur a scholarship to become a CSUC Freshman on the spot!

“I am very proud of this amazing honor,” Nicolas stated following the Innovation Awards. “It’s the first major award I have ever received. And after seeing the other students in the competition, I know all of the finalists deserve recognition for their great innovation. Thanks to the ‘Innovate North State’ judges for selecting me. And I hope everyone will introduce ‘Nicolas’ Garden’ to their children and schools very soon to help us keep up this positive momentum!”

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Innovate North State ( – a public/private partnership driven by CEOs of leading California North State businesses – was established in early 2012. Innovate North State’s goal is to assist the region’s most innovative companies who have the largest growth potential garner a larger share of their national and global markets resulting in a more vibrant regional economy.