Octane leads a diverse innovation community, accelerating access to capital, resources & solutions, while providing high-value support to our partners and clients. 

Octane is future-focused.

Octane is a convening organization of the Southern California technology and medical technology business ecosystem. We connect 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 $8.3B in fundingThose companies have created 33,421 jobs

Our Team

Our Team is based in sunny Southern California, with our offices in Newport Beach, CA.

Bill Carpou
Chief Executive Officer

Janelle Brunette
Chief Operating Officer

Teresa Madden
Senior Director, Partner Relations

Natalie Matsumoto
Director, Marketing & Strategy

Rita Battocchio
Head of Events

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

Cheryl Wood
Senior Signature Event Manager

Mike Hill
Managing Director, Octane Capital Markets

Carol DiStanislao
Managing Director, Octane Capital & Growth

Jonno Wells
Director, Venture and Corporate Venture

Larry Stofko
Octane Capital & Growth, Executive in Residence

Linda DiMario
Director, Community Engagement, Octane Foundation for Innovation

Andree Jacques
Director, Operations

Jenny De Anda Fast
Office Manager

Ryan Nishimoto
Marketing & Partnership Manager

Jennifer Nguyen
Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator

John Wiet
Director, Octane LaunchPad Accelerator

Shaun Sanders
Senior Associate Director, LaunchPad SBDC

Darren Pak
Software Development Lead, Haystax

Evan Smith
Business Analyst, healthsocal.ai

Paul Symczak
Senior Advisor, Octane

Tapasya Bali
Senior Advisor, Octane

Laura Beken
Senior Advisor, Octane

Marc Bellotti
Senior Advisor, Octane

David Friedman
Senior Advisor, Octane

Tom Mattoon
Senior Advisor, Octane

Alisa Smith
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kenneth Stanigar
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

Scott Kitcher
General Partner, Elevation Ventures

Neal Rickner
Managing Partner, Elevation Ventures

Alex Shoer
Venture Partner, Elevation Ventures

Rachel Payne
Venture Partner, Elevation Ventures

Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting (July 2024)


Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 17 from 12 – 1 pm PST, featuring our Spotlight Thought Leader, Paige Hendrix Buckner, CEO of […]

Octane Summer Social

Octane HQ 4041 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, United States

Join us for Octane’s Summer Social, a highly anticipated event co-hosted by Lincoln Property Company. Save the date for August 21st from 5:00 - 7:30 PM, as we gather at […]

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