Building the SoCal of Tomorrow by Helping Businesses Grow.

We will create 55,000+ jobs in Southern California by 2030.

We convene and enable the Southern California tech and health tech business ecosystem by connecting people, resources and capital. We impact our community through LaunchPad, a Top 5 SBDC accelerator, Enterprise Solutions, a platform to provide companies capital and growth resources, and leading content through our Ignite Events & Programs. We believe that action focused locally has impact globally.

Caitlin Blanche, Leana Wood and Courtney Baber, from left, at the Connecting Consumers to Aesthetic Innovation panel at Aesthetics Tech Summit

Octane’s Areas of Impact

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Connect

Connecting people, resources, and capital locally, nationally, and globally through leading events, networking resources, and interactive content.

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Community Initatives

The Octane Foundation for Innovation. Building community, jobs and assuring equality and diversity for company founders.

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LaunchPad SBDC Accelerator

As a Top 5 Accelerator in the nation, LaunchPad SBDC is committed to helping your startup with its investment capital strategy. Though we are focused on SoCal companies, we work with companies globally.

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Enterprise Solutions

Accelerating speed to capital and providing best-in-class growth resources to companies around the nation. Access vetted resources and capital connections to scale your company faster.

We’ve helped more than 670 companies raise over $2.85B in funding and create 17,096 jobs since we started in 2010.

What People Say About Our Accelerator

LaunchPad’s mentorship program helped Avisi to refine its business pitch through a series of feedback meetings all leading up to MedTech Innovation Forum in 2020. After pitching, we got the ultimate result – Life Science Angels and others invested in Avisi’s seed round.

Rui Jing Jiang

Co-Founder & CEO, Avisi Technologies

At first, LaunchPad was a challenge—we thought we knew how to present and what our business plan was…and then we found LaunchPad! They helped shape us, gave us guard rails and focus. Now, it’s much easier to fundraise because we know how to present our strengths and metrics, thanks to them.

Martha Montoya

CEO, AgTools

We received real-time feedback from the panel of instructors as we built the pitch deck, which was invaluable. The LaunchPad team really helped refine our fundraising story, and this clearer story definitely helped us in our fundraising process.

Jon Arpino

CEO & Co-Founder, CLI Studios

Our Partners in Innovation