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. 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 $4.3B in fundingThose companies have created 26,316 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

Natalie Matsumoto
Director, Marketing

Teresa Madden
Senior Director, Partner Relations

Linda DiMario
Director, Community Engagement, Octane Foundation for Innovation

Mike Hill
Managing Director, Octane Capital Markets

Larry Stofko
Octane Capital & Growth, Executive in Residence

Carol DiStanislao
Managing Director, Octane Capital & Growth

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

Zeeshan Subzwari
Managing Director, healthsocal.ai

Jonno Wells
Director, Venture and Corporate Venture

Rita Battocchio
Head of Events

Jennifer Nguyen
Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator

Cheryl Wood
Senior Signature Event Manager

Andree Jacques
Director, Operations

Ryan Nishimoto
Marketing & Partner Engagement Coordinator

Joseph Wyno
Director, LaunchPad SBDC

Shaun Sanders
Senior Associate Director, LaunchPad SBDC

David Beck
GM, Haystax

Laura Beken
Senior Advisor, Octane

Marc Bellotti
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kenneth Stanigar
Senior Advisor, Octane

David Friedman
Senior Advisor, Octane

Paul Symczak
Senior Advisor, Octane

RJ Teno
Senior Advisor, Octane

Tom Mattoon
Senior Advisor, Octane

Kevin Nicusanti
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 (January 2024)

Virtual

Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, January 17 from 12 – 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Celine Martin, Company Group Chairman, Cardiovascular […]

Aesthetics Tech Forum

Balboa Bay Resort 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA, United States

Octane’s Aesthetics Tech Forum is the premier event for physicians, industry professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs in the aesthetics technology space. Our Forum brings together thought leaders and innovators to explore […]

Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting (April 2024)

Virtual

Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, April 17 from 12 – 1 pm PST, featuring our Spotlight Thought Leader, to be announced. In addition […]

Tech Innovation Forum 2024

AV Irvine 16500 Scientific, Irvine, United States +1 more

Tech Innovation Forum 2024 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 […]

Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2024

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA, United States

At Ophthalmology Tech Forum, industry, key opinion leaders, and top ophthalmologists discuss the future of the industry. The event is held annually in Orange County, the center for Ophthalmology in […]

Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting (July 2024)

Virtual

Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 17 from 12 – 1 pm PST, featuring our Spotlight Thought Leader, to be announced. In addition […]

Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2024

VEA Newport Beach 900 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA, United States

Octane’s Cardiovascular Tech Summit 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 […]

High Tech Awards 2024

AV Irvine 16500 Scientific, Irvine, United States

The highly anticipated High Tech Awards are a tribute to the leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology visionaries in Orange County. We invite you to join us for the 2024 High […]

Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum 2024

Irvine Marriott 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA, United States

Join us at Medical Innovation Forum 2024 as we collaborate with industry experts, strategics, physicians, entrepreneurs, and investors who have made significant strides toward an accelerated future in the medical […]

Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting (Oct 2024)

Virtual

Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, October 16 from 12 – 1 pm PST, featuring our Spotlight Thought Leader, to be announced. In addition […]

Contact Us.

 

info@octaneoc.org

949.459.3366

4041 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 260 Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

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