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About Captiva

The Captiva brand represents the passion, vision and initiatives of its Founder and Team – Partners to champion entrepreneurship in our community and to support the entrepreneurs we mentor and serve.



New ideas and innovations are the seeds of all successful startups. To succeed with an idea, an entrepreneur must test and validate every step of the way. Captiva is always open to listening to an idea and providing feedback.



Every entrepreneur needs all the help and guidance he or she can get and Captiva’s team provides such support in many ways, including mentoring, strategy, finance, branding, UX/UI, marketing and more.



Captiva’s philosophy holds that we all must keep constantly learning in order to maximize our potential to succeed as entrepreneurs. Captiva provides educational resources in many aspects of digital business.








Strategic Plans


Captiva’s vision, perspective and drive begins with the Founder.

Richard Chimelis / Founder & CEO

Richard Chimelis

Founder & CEO

Richard Chimelis is a successful serial entrepreneur for life, with over 45 years experience in the communication arts, adding multimedia and Internet technologies to his expertise in the last 28 years. Throughout his career, Richard has consulted and provided expert services to startups, corporations, government agencies, and institutions in the areas of branding, marketing, design, multimedia, and the Internet. He has produced numerous successful projects and solutions for many national and global clients, including such brands as Canon, Discovery Channel, American Express, MTV, Warner Music, and Apple, to name just a few.

Richard has been engaged as a guest speaker at numerous events in the areas of web design, branding, digital marketing, and the production and strategic applications of digital media. He has also led workshops, taught classes, and trained clients in interactive design, digital photography, video, mobile applications,  best practices, digital marketing, content management systems, and dozens of software applications.

Richard is also an active member of The Venture Mentoring Team (, a nonprofit organization of over 200 experienced and certified mentors committed to helping startups reach their full potential.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

– Robert B. Cialdini / Author of "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion"

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