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 SBDC as well as our platform Octane Capital & Growth. 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 55,000+ 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 companies receive $4.3B in fundingThose companies have created 26,316 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 Operating Officer

Natalie Matsumoto
Director, Marketing

Teresa Madden
Senior Director, Partner Relations

Linda DiMario
Director, Community Engagement, Octane Foundation for Innovation

Mike Hill
Director, LaunchPad SBDC

David Beck
Vice President, Octane Capital & Growth

Carol DiStanislao
Managing Director, Octane Capital & Growth

Scott Lopez
Managing Director, Octane Capital Markets

Zeeshan Subzwari
Managing Director, healthsocal.ai

Cara Davidoff
Managing Director, Next Wave

Rita Battocchio
Head of Events

Cara Parchment
Senior Signature Event Manager, Aesthetics & Ophthalmology Tech Summit

Cheryl Wood
Senior Signature Event Manager

Andree Jacques
Office Manager

Yuewen Chun
Sales Operations Analyst

Mallory Grimaud
Senior Designer

Angelica Arias
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

Shaun Sanders
Senior Associate Director, LaunchPad SBDC

Laura Beken
Senior Advisor, Octane

Marc Bellotti
Senior Advisor, Octane

David Friedman
Senior Advisor, Octane

Tom Mattoon
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kevin Nicusanti
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kenneth Stanigar
Senior Advisor, Octane

Paul Symczak
Senior Advisor, Octane

RJ Teno
Senior Advisor, Octane

Joseph Wyno
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kip Knight
Chair, Octane Marketing Leaders Peer Group

Earl Slee
Chair, Octane Mavericks Peer Group

Jeffry Weinhuff
Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

Garrett Hamontree
Principal, Visionary Venture Fund

Lori-Ann Christie, PhD
Principal, Visionary Venture Fund

Neal Rickner
Managing Partner, Elevation Ventures

Alex Shoer
Venture Partner, Elevation Ventures

Rachel Payne
Venture Partner, Elevation Ventures

Scott Kitcher
General Partner, Elevation Ventures