Attracting and retaining the next generation of leaders in Orange County through arts, culture & diversity

Octane Non-Profit Accelerator First Cohort

Next Wave Impact

Designed to engage community leaders and approach economic impact in your business through the continuous development and growth of the Orange County innovation ecosystem.

This initiative seeks to provide greater access and awareness to the community by impacting and creating a generational bridge through a cultural movement that focuses on attracting and retaining talent.


Next Wave is influencing the Next Generation of Leaders through a movement focusing on attracting and retaining talent in Orange County through culture, arts and diversity.

How Next Wave Will Achieve Our Goals

Build Community Impact that provides greater access and involvement for individuals to engage in the community

Utilize Octane’s Infrastructure to convene and engage the community

Build, retain, and attract talent

Measuring Success

Reduce turnover in 35-45 year olds by at least 10% in companies involved with Next Wave

Increase engagement in Next Wave events by 25% each year over the next three years

Increase the number of 35-45-year-olds by at least 9% that go through the Octane LaunchPad Accelerator each year

Next Wave Board


Bob Bilbruck
CEO, Captjur

Bill Carpou
CEO, Octane

Cara Davidoff
Managing Director, Next Wave, Octane

Marinela Gombosev
COO, Spark Neuro

Reza Jahangiri

Jason Lantgen
Vice President, JLL

Maaza Martin
Senior Marketing Director, Tarsus

David Moatazedi
President and CEO, Evolus

Rachel Valentine
Head of People Operations, Vincit

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June 2023

Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023

June 8 @ 4:30 PM - June 9 @ 7:30 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States

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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July 2023

Women Leaders of Octane – July 2023 Quarterly Meeting

July 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Register Here >> Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST, featuring Thought Leader: Cynthia West, Ph.D.  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 & Communications – Nanneke Dinklo Plus, after…

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September 2023

Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023

September 15 @ 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 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
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 - October 26
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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