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

Get Involved with the Next Wave

OC Innovation Week: Opening Reception

UCI Beall Applied Innovation 5270 California Ave # 100, Irvine, CA

Join us for the grand kickoff of OC Innovation Week at our Opening Reception, where excitement and innovation converge.

Fast Pitch

The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation 5270 California Ave, Irvine, CA, United States

Fast Pitch is a unique opportunity for Orange County's tech innovators to showcase their groundbreaking ideas. Participants present their pitches to a distinguished panel of judges, potential partners, and investors.

Contact Us.


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