Connecting People, Resources & Capital to Help Create 55,000+ Jobs in Southern California.

Octane is future-focused. 

Octane is a convening organization of the Southern California technology and medical technology business ecosystem by connecting people, resources and capital. We will help create 55,000+ high paying technology jobs in Southern California by 2030 through our accelerator LaunchPad as well as our platform Octane Enterprise Solutions (OES). In addition, Octane hosts dozens of programs throughout the year and has direct access to capital and partners. We believe that action focused locally has impact globally.

Octane Foundation for Innovation*

The Octane Foundation for Innovation (OFI) was launched as a complement to Octane’s mission of creating 55,00+ high-paying jobs by 2030. The Foundation is targeted to advance equity, diversity, and inclusiveness across all industry sectors alongside Octane’s ambitious mission of growing & strengthening the Southern California innovation ecosystem by creating jobs, scaling startups, and developing businesses. Octane and OFI work with partners to enhance the economic vitality of the region, contribute to a sustainable ecosystem and augment the live/work experience in Orange County.

Octane Foundation for Innovation’s work is achieved through our initiatives, Women Leaders of Octane, Non-Profit Accelerator, and STEAM Fellows. These initiatives cover the spectrum of opportunities for young students, underserved communities, and women.  

*The Octane Foundation for Innovation is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as through public and private agreements. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Octane Foundation for Innovation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax ID# 90-0176361

Since 2010, LaunchPad has helped 570+ companies receive fundingThose companies have created 17,096 jobs

Our Team

Our Team is based in sunny Southern California, with our offices in Aliso Viejo, CA. 

Bill Carpou
Chief Executive Officer

Janelle Brunette
Chief Administrative Officer

Cara Davidoff
Director, Marketing

Teresa Madden
Director, Partner Relations

Linda DiMario
Director, Community Engagement, Octane Foundation for Innovation

David Beck
Vice President, Octane Enterprise Solutions

Carol DiStanislao
Managing Director, Octane Enterprise Solutions

Scott Lopez
Managing Director Octane Capital Markets

Rita Battocchio
Head of Events

Cara Parchment
Signature Event Manager, ATS & OTS

Elsa Kondri
Manager, LaunchPad SBDC

Mallory Grimaud
Senior Designer

Jackson Gathard
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

Paul Symczak
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kenneth Stanigar
Senior Advisor, Octane

Marc Bellotti
Senior Advisor, Octane

Tom Mattoon
Senior Advisor, Octane

Shaun Sanders
Senior Advisor, Octane

Jeffry Weinhuff
Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

Garrett Hamontree
Principal, Visionary Venture Fund