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

Big goals for Southern California.

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.

Vision 2025: Making a better future for Southern California.

Octane’s accelerator, LaunchPad, and our newest platform, Octane Enterprise Solutions (OES), will help create 22,000+ high paying technology jobs by 2025 and 55,000+ by 2030.  Additionally, we will enable companies to access growth capital, operational expertise, shared services and talent.

Octane Foundation for Innovation*

Since its inception in 2004, Octane Foundation for Innovation (OFI) has been committed to empowering tech and medtech startups. This mission has expanded to include the promotion of economic inclusion & opportunity for underrepresented populations, the infusion of capital into the regional economy and creation & retention of high-paying jobs.

 

*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 490+ Companies Receive FundingThose companies have created 10,290 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

Paul Tobin
President, Octane Enterprise Solutions

JC Ruffalo
Director, LaunchPad SBDC & Investor Relations

Teresa Madden
Director, Partner Relations

Deb Hart
Managing Director, Octane Enterprise Solutions

Carol DiStanislao
Managing Director, Octane Enterprise Solutions

Cara Davidoff
Director, Marketing

Rita Battocchio
Head of Events

Cara Parchment
Signature Event Manager, ATS & OTS

Maggie Carranza
Signature Event Manager, HTA

Jamie Hill
Director, Operations

Elsa Kondri
LaunchPad SBDC Analyst

Mallory Grimaud
Senior Designer

David Ruff
Product & Operations Manager, Octane Enterprise Solutions

Nicole Washington
Senior Advisor, Community Engagement

Paul Symczak
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kenneth Stanigar
Senior Advisor, Octane

Marc Bellotti
Senior Advisor, Octane

Scott Johnson
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

Chunk
Chief Happiness Officer