Building the SoCal of Tomorrow by Helping Businesses Grow.

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

Local success that creates global impact.

 We convene and enable the Southern California tech and medtech business ecosystem by connecting people, resources, and capital. We impact our community through LaunchPad SBDC, a top-performing accelerator, Capital & Growth, a platform to provide companies capital and growth resources, Ignite Series, providing leading content, and Octane Foundation for Innovation, focused on furthering our mission while advancing diversity and inclusiveness.

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We are building on our legacy of tech innovation and growth to create generational impact in Orange County through the Octane Impact Fund.

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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Octane Capital & Growth

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

We’ve helped more than 1,400 companies raise over $4.3B in funding and create 26,316 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

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July 2022

Healthsocal.ai Official Launch Event

July 13 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Flight Tustin, 1715 Flight Wy
Tustin, 92606 United States
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Come join our fireside chat panel on Mental Health and AI, which will include business, technology, and community leaders discussing how to solve for mental health issues in underserved and underrepresented SoCal communities via Artificial Intelligence. Be the first to hear about our point of view on AI in mental health along with various areas of engagement for collective impact. Join for our first in-person launch of healthsocal.ai on July 13th, which will include a fireside chat panel followed by…

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Women Leaders of Octane – July Quarterly Meeting

July 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 20 from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Mina Sooch, CEO, President, and Founder of Ocuphire Pharma and Vice-Chair of the Board. In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports: Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards…

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WLO Convene

July 28 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Each quarter, one or more of our Women Leaders of Octane will plan a date and location for women to gather (not sponsored) for a casual cocktail hour at a local area bar/restaurant patio. Join these WLO Convene events to expand your network as we work to increase the ranks of women entrepreneurs and business leaders, help facilitate access to funding, and influence more women on boards. Thursday, July 28 5:00 pm, Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA. Register…

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August 2022

Summer Social 2022

August 10 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Edwards Lifesciences, 1 Edwards Way Irvine
Irvine, California 92614 United States
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​​2022 is a big year for Octane as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. We are so grateful for everyone who supports our business as members, partners and advocates. We hope you come and enjoy an evening of appetizers, drinks, guided tours of Edwards Lifesciences and mingle with Octane Board of Directors, Leadership Teams and other luminaries who have contributed to our success over the last 20 years. Wednesday, August 10, at Edwards Lifesciences Headquarters in Irvine, CA 5:00PM - 7:00PM…

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Leadership Ignite Series with Ramin Mousavi, President & CEO of CathWorks

August 18 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$25.00

Leadership Ignite Series 2022 This year, Octane will host a series of six intimate Zoom sessions featuring prominent leaders in Orange County. Each session will allow you to hear about the leader and ask them questions in an intimate digital or in-person session (when applicable). Join us for this exciting opportunity. All sessions have limited capacity. Join us at our upcoming event: August 18th: 10-11AM PST - Ramin Mousavi, President & CEO of CathWorks Topic: Leading Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The…

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September 2022

High Tech Awards 2022

September 29 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States
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The much-anticipated High Tech Awards celebrate the top innovators, entrepreneurs and technology leaders in Orange County. Join us for the 2022 High Tech Awards to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation. RSVP here September 29, 2022 at the AV Irvine,  16500 Scientific Way, Irvine, CA 92618

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October 2022

Octane / Insperity Webinar: Recession, Inflation, Business realities – what they mean to your employees and your profits

October 12 @ 8:00 AM

Join Octane and Insperity for a live webinar on Wednesday, October 12th at 8AM PST. Tough times don't last; tough people do. In business, tough means resilient, adaptable, strategic, and focused on a vision.  Unfortunately, the news lately has been ominous, and the economy, the stock market, and the supply chain are all telling us there might be a storm approaching.  This webinar will discuss things you, as a business owner or leader, can do to shore up your people…

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Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting – October 2022

October 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, October 19th from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Caren Mason, President and Chief Executive Officer at STARR Surgical. In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports. Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards Committee – Joyce Averna, JP…

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WLO Workshop: Women on Corporate Boards

October 27 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Join us at for a Women Leaders of Octane interactive workshop part of Octane's Medical Innovation Forum taking place October 27-28 at the Irvine Marriott! You must be registered for the forum to attend this free workshop. Register first for Octane's Medical Innovation Forum here. Once registered for the Forum, to attend the Women On Boards Workshop you can sign up here>> Women on Corporate Boards: What it’s Like, How to Prepare & How To Do It Thursday, October 27…

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November 2022

Webinar: Thinking of Opening a US Branch Office? US Work Visa Options

November 4 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Setting up a business in the USA can be quite exciting. But there are also many challenges. In-depth market research and planning can minimize the risks. Join Mitch Wexler, Managing Partner, Fragomen as he discusses US Work Visa Options. This will go over the more common visa options that you should consider, their timelines, eligibility requirements, challenges and the application process for each. Register Here>>  

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