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Entrepreneur, Small Business, Start-up


Valley Innovators is a mission-driven company focused on education, mentorship, and access to capital for early-stage companies throughout California. Programs include online and in-person educational sessions, networking, and the professional resources needed for founders to scale their business. A pitch contest is held annually, where winners will receive cash prizes, marketing exposure, and other tools to help them succeed.


Headquartered in Fresno, California, Valley Innovators accepts entrepreneurs from all over the world.


The People That Make It Happen

Founder, CEO, Board Director

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Jennifer J. Lopez


Jennifer's mission is to bring prosperity to the Central Valley, where she was born and raised.  She previously founded WFFConnect, a startup focused on the success of female entrepreneurs.


Founder, Chariman

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Steve Miller

Steve's mission is to bring more entrepreneurial success to startups through financial expertise.  Steve is also President & CEO of Fresno First Bank and has 20 years of commercial banking, retail banking, operations and sales/marketing experience.


Founder, Vice Chairman

Jamin Brazil

Jamin's mission is to provide founders with management and capital expertise to achieve their growth goals. He also serves as a General Partner of Vine Partners, responsible for all aspects of the organization. Jamin is a seasoned chief executive with a background in leading high growth organizations from inception to exit. He previously led FocusVision and has worked with top brands like eBay, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wells Fargo, AT&T, and Eli Lilly

Brandon Lopez

Brandon's mission is to bring best practices and connections from Silicon Valley to help founders succeed. Brandon has 15 years of marketing and product leadership experience at companies such as LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Oracle.

Founder, Secretary


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Steve's mission is to help founders gain financial literacy utilizing his 30 years of commercial banking, retail banking, and finance experience. A Fresno native, Steve is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Fresno First Bank and is a graduate of CSUF's Craig School of Business and BAI's bank management program at Duke University.

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Steve Canfield
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