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 Forum

Cheryl Wood
Senior Signature Event Manager

Andree Jacques
Director, Operations

Yuewen Chun
Sales Operations Analyst

Ivy Zhou
Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist

Ted Wilm
Managing Director, Capital Markets & Strategies

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

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January 2023

Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting – January 2023

January 18, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, January 18th from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Anastasia Williams, The A List.  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 Morgan Private Bank Resources &…

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Next Wave Founder’s Circle January Program

January 19, 2023 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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Join Octane and our Next Wave Founder’s Circle for a program featuring Asante Cleveland, podcast host and former pro-football player on January 19th 5-6:30pm at LCAD Gallery. During this session, Asante will talk about his background, upbringing and how it shaped him to where he is today. He will also discuss the importance of arts, culture and diversity as it relates to sport and growth on and off the field. The program will be interactive, where we will encourage you to ask questions as…

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Aesthetics Technology Forum 2023

January 26, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - January 27, 2023 @ 5:00 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States

The 2nd Annual Aesthetics Technology Forum will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. This event will bring together leading physicians, industry, and entrepreneurs to discuss groundbreaking medical aesthetic technologies as well as unmet clinical needs and new business opportunities. Join leaders in the aesthetics field to examine how they fuel innovation in the medical aesthetic industry in Southern California. Learn more here.

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May 2023

Tech Innovation Forum 2023

May 10, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - May 11, 2023 @ 4:35 PM
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States

Tech Innovation Forum 2023 will focus on the acceleration of innovation in technology. The Forum will concentrate on topics such as the next industrial revolution- the role that Southern California is playing in both climate tech and space, and feature topics related to the investment landscape for emerging and growth companies. Learn more. Register here.

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June 2023

Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023

June 8, 2023 @ 3:30 PM - June 10, 2023 @ 1:00 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States
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Join industry physicians and top ophthalmologists who are defining the future of the field at Octane’s Ophthalmology Technology Forum (OTF). The event is held annually in Orange County, the center for Ophthalmology in the US. We will be hosting Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023 as a hybrid experience, which will allow our guests to attend in person or online. Learn more Register here

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September 2023

Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023

September 15, 2023 @ 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monarch Beach Resort, 1 MONARCH BEACH RESORT
DANA POINT, 92629

Octane’s Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023 will synergize innovative solutions in cardiology with physicians, industry strategics, and investors convening together to advance patient care. The Summit will explore the unmet needs in cardiology, highlight current buying trends of strategics and investors, review current funding models of cardiology innovation, present innovation trends, and showcase top emerging cardiology companies to our ecosystem of strategics and investors.

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High Tech Awards 2023

September 21, 2023
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States

The much-anticipated High Tech Awards celebrate the top innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders in Orange County. Join us for the 2023 High Tech Awards to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation.

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October 2023

Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum 2023

October 25, 2023 - October 27, 2023
Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
fireside chat

Octane will host our Medical Innovation Forum 2023 as an in-person experience.  Join us in collaborating with industry experts, strategics, physicians, entrepreneurs, and investors who have made significant strides toward an accelerated future in the medical industry.  The Forum will highlight the wide-ranging impact of the most recent medical innovations and how the industry will adapt to enhance patient care.

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