Accelerate Your Startup

Jumpstart your tech, medtech or climate tech company by amplifying your capital funding strategy with our Top 5 SBDC ranked accelerator, a pro bono service funded by the SBA.

LaunchPad SBDC Offers

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A Strengthened Capital Funding Strategy

LaunchPad SBDC will help you improve your investor presentation and ensure you have all the components necessary for your round of investment capital.

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Actionable Feedback

Receive actionable feedback from subject matter experts in everything from taking your product to market, business plan and beyond.

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Access to an Influential Network

Gain exposure to our network of seasoned and vetted advisors & professionals.

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Our Proprietary Predictive Analytics

Get an in depth understanding of fundability through our proprietary analytics and data.

We work with companies in Southern California & beyond (Canada, Israel & many more places!)

Want to Apply to LaunchPad SBDC but Don’t have a Pitch Deck Yet? Get Our Templates!

Our templates will help you to create your pitch presentation step by step. From the essential information you need to include, to elements that will help you stand out from the crowd, our templates for your pitch presentation and executive summary will set you on a path toward success.

Octane & LaunchPad SBDC has assisted over 1,400 companies since 2010. In 2021, LaunchPad SBDC Alumni raised $414M in funding.

CLI Studios Completed $7M Round

Octane’s 2019 Technology Innovation Forum LaunchPad SBDC Presentation Winner, CLI Studios, completed a $7M round to expand and grow their company.  Read their success story and hear how the LaunchPad team helped them solidify their pitch and strategy leading into this funding round.

Our Proven Process

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Apply to LaunchPad SBDC

Apply to LaunchPad SBDC by sending an investor deck and executive summary, to be reviewed by the LaunchPad team.

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Meet the LaunchPad SBDC Team

Upon acceptance of your application, the LaunchPad team will schedule the first meeting with you.

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Strategic Mentorship

Meet with the LaunchPad SBDC team and present deck. If it’s the right fit, you will receive strategic mentorship until your company is ready for the LaunchPad SBDC Evaluation Panel.

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Present Your Company to Experts

LaunchPad SBDC Evaluation Panel: Present your company to a panel of subject matter experts related to your industry and receive quantitative and qualitative feedback.

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Receive Analytics & Feedback

The LaunchPad SBDC team will provide a debrief of the evaluation panel, including a detailed analytics report that will further prepare your company for raising capital.

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Join Our Alumni

You are now part of a distinguished alumni network! Get involved with Octane Capital & Growth and raise capital for your company.

Selected LaunchPad SBDC Alumni

Our Industry Focus in Tech, MedTech and Climate Tech

Aesthetics
AgTech
AR | VR | AI | IoT
Big Data & Analytics
BioTech
Cardiology
Clean Tech

Cyber Security
Diagnostics
Digital Health
Electrification
eSports
FinTech
Hardware | Software

Health Tech
Information Technology
Life Sciences
Medical Device
Medical Technology
Mobile

Mobility
Neurology
Ophthalmology
Pharmaceuticals
SaaS
Sports & Active Tech

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License the award-winning LaunchPad SBDC Process for your organization.

Utilize our proprietary process to launch companies locally! Your organization will be able to access our process for powerful analytics that drive success. 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Katrina Smith at (657) 278-3195 or via  kmpayne@fullerton.edu

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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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