20 Years of Innovation

We’re creating greater generational impact on the SoCal economy and community by increasing the scope and reach of existing successful Octane programs.

Hear from three of Octane’s founders and Octane’s CEO, Bill Carpou, on how you can continue the legacy of impact and innovation in Orange County.

Founders:

Jim Mazzo, Executive Chairman, Neurotech, Co-Founder, Octane
Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman & CEO, Edwards Lifesciences, Co-Founder, Octane
Dwight Decker, Retired Chairman & CEO Conexant Systems, Inc., Co-Founder, Octane

Why do we do it?

1,400

Companies assisted by Octane

$4.3B

Capital raised since 2010

82%

LaunchPad SBDC Alumni remain operational

$3.5B

in LaunchPad SBDC exits & M&A

26,316

High paying jobs created

Octane is uniquely positioned to create scalable impact and has a proven track record creating results

Why Continue the Legacy of Octane?

Octane provided a VERY hands-on and detailed review of our seed fundraising deck. Our pitch review session was like a mentorship one on one. Literally on the same day after making pitch deck adjustments, we closed an angel investor. 5 days later, we signed a SAFE note for $25k. And 3 more in the following week. The LaunchPad feedback really made an impact!

Andris Merkulov

CEO, Monetizr

I think it is one of the most impressive recent accomplishments of octane to see not only the board, but the programmatic efforts really be highly diverse and to help people of all backgrounds really be able to become technology champions and start companies and create movements that might not have happened if it wasn’t for Cctane.

Mike Mussallem

Chairman & CEO, Edwards Lifesciences Co-Founder, Octane

I hope the legacy of Octane will continue with the Impact Fund as it will impact the future generations. We need to create jobs. We’re going to create high paying jobs so that we have a fulfillment here for a family. We want people to understand that Orange County is a great place to live, a great place to work.

Jim Mazzo

Executive Chairman, Neurotech and Co-Founder, Octane

Your Support Will Help Us Create Generational Impact

Since its creation in 2002, Octane has grown from a small non-profit started by community leaders to an ecosystem-changing organization. We need your support to continue the legacy. By connecting ideas and people with resources and capital, Octane will continue to create one of the nation’s most dynamic ecosystems for driving technology growth. 

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

Use of Funds

LaunchPad SBDC Accelerator
  • Expand LaunchPad’s ability to assist more startup tech companies
  • Increase job creation from 55,000 to 88,000+ by 2030
  • Attract more sources of investment capital
Community Impact

HealthSocal.ai

  • Establish Southern California as a Healthcare AI Global Hub of Innovation by 2025. Learn more.

Women Leaders of Octane

  • Increase engagement of executives and organizations involved to generate more funding for women-led companies, women on boards & mentorship. Learn more.

Non-Profit Accelerator

  • Expand the size of cohorts served and services to cohort graduates to increase their impact in underserved & underrepresented communities. Learn more.

Next Wave

  • Provide greater access and awareness to culture by impacting and creating a generational bridge of Orange County leaders. Learn more.

STEAM Ahead

  • Increase the number of organizations and educational institutions involved in making STEAM education accessible for all in Orange County. Learn more.
Ecosystem Leadership

Events

  • Expand content, speakers, panels and startup company presentations to drive community engagement and networking opportunities

Octane Capital & Growth

  • Provide resources to help companies grow through new executive peer groups, additional professional growth services offerings, and increased capital funding opportunities

Donors may select a focus area for funding.

All donations will go to Octane Foundation for Innovation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization for which donations are tax deductible. Tax ID 90-0176361. 

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

An Increased Job-Growth Trajectory

A tax-deductible contribution to the Octane Impact Fund will allow the organization to rapidly expand and accelerate, leading the increased job growth, capital infusion through our Accelerator, LaunchPad SBDC and Octane Capital & Growth, and increase community impact through our Foundation.

The Octane Impact Fund will create additional economic impact with a $253M increase in payroll tax revenue from direct & indirect job creation, plus a $369.6M fiscal impact in 10 years.

Areas Your Donation Can Help Make An Impact

LaunchPad SBDC

Create Equitable High Pay Jobs & Capital Infusion

Non-Profit Accelerator

Empower non-profit organizations to better serve underserved communities

Women Leaders of Octane

Increase the ranks of women entrepreneur’s access to funding & influence on boards

STEAM Fellows

Provide career pathways in STEAM & entrepreneurship

Next Wave

Inspire the next generation of business and community leaders

Healthsocal.ai

Leverage AI to create the healthiest population in the world in one generation