Accelerating STEAM Non-Profits
in Orange County

Octane’s Non-Profit Accelerator

We provide non-profits with the tools they need to expand their impact in the community, specifically those non-profits that serve under-represented people in STEAM and healthcare.
By adapting Octane’s award-winning LaunchPad SBDC evaluation process, non-profits receive a similar evaluation of their organization and expert advice. The graduates of the Non-Profit Accelerator emerge more empowered and capable of improving the lives and communities of the people they serve.
The Non-Profit Accelerator is made possible by a generous grant from Edwards Lifesciences Foundation.

2022 Non-Profit Accelerator Fall Cohort 

The 2022 Fall Cohort Application is now open!

View eligibility requirements here.

Apply Today! Application Deadline is September 2!

Octane Non-Profit Accelerator First Cohort

The purpose of the Non-Profit Accelerator is to help non-profit organizations optimize their resources, build capacity and improve sustainability.

Increasing Impact

By providing opportunities, expertise, and coaching, we believe that Non-Profits will create more impact in the local community. The three goals we are focusing on are:

Increasing Community Reach

Using our LaunchPad SBDC Accelerator process, we can help non-profits make a greater impact in the community.
Support this initiative by volunteering to serve as a subject matter expert.

Increasing Grants & Funding

The Non-Profit Accelerator program helps non-profits prepare more effective strategies for grants and funding.

Increasing Sustainability

We believe that people and communities are better served when non-profits and their missions are capable of reliably delivering their services. The Non-Profit Accelerator experience helps these organizations build the capacity and effectiveness necessary to achieve long-term sustainability.

Get Involved with the Non-Profit Accelerator

Our Cohorts

Cohort 1 – Fall 2019
Cohort 2 – Spring 2020
Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies Logo - STEM non-profit
Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano - Southern California Non-Profit Organization
Innovos Robotics Logo with Gears
Med Tech Color Logo - Orange County Non-Profit
Patient Safety Movement Logo - Octane Non Profit Accelerator Company
Cohort 3 – Fall 2020
Cohort 4 – Spring 2021
Cohort 5 – Fall 2021
Cohort 6 – Spring 2022
Cohort 7 – Fall 2022 (Applications Now Open!)
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July 2022

Healthsocal.ai Official Launch Event

July 13 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Flight Tustin, 1715 Flight Wy
Tustin, 92606 United States
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Come join our fireside chat panel on Mental Health and AI, which will include business, technology, and community leaders discussing how to solve for mental health issues in underserved and underrepresented SoCal communities via Artificial Intelligence. Be the first to hear about our point of view on AI in mental health along with various areas of engagement for collective impact. Join for our first in-person launch of healthsocal.ai on July 13th, which will include a fireside chat panel followed by…

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Women Leaders of Octane – July Quarterly Meeting

July 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, July 20 from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Mina Sooch, CEO, President, and Founder of Ocuphire Pharma and Vice-Chair of the Board. 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…

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WLO Convene

July 28 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Each quarter, one or more of our Women Leaders of Octane will plan a date and location for women to gather (not sponsored) for a casual cocktail hour at a local area bar/restaurant patio. Join these WLO Convene events to expand your network as we work to increase the ranks of women entrepreneurs and business leaders, help facilitate access to funding, and influence more women on boards. Thursday, July 28 5:00 pm, Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA. Register…

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August 2022

Summer Social 2022

August 10 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Edwards Lifesciences, 1 Edwards Way Irvine
Irvine, California 92614 United States
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​​2022 is a big year for Octane as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. We are so grateful for everyone who supports our business as members, partners and advocates. We hope you come and enjoy an evening of appetizers, drinks, guided tours of Edwards Lifesciences and mingle with Octane Board of Directors, Leadership Teams and other luminaries who have contributed to our success over the last 20 years. Wednesday, August 10, at Edwards Lifesciences Headquarters in Irvine, CA 5:00PM - 7:00PM…

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Leadership Ignite Series with Ramin Mousavi, President & CEO of CathWorks

August 18 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$25.00

Leadership Ignite Series 2022 This year, Octane will host a series of six intimate Zoom sessions featuring prominent leaders in Orange County. Each session will allow you to hear about the leader and ask them questions in an intimate digital or in-person session (when applicable). Join us for this exciting opportunity. All sessions have limited capacity. Join us at our upcoming event: August 18th: 10-11AM PST - Ramin Mousavi, President & CEO of CathWorks Topic: Leading Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The…

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September 2022

High Tech Awards 2022

September 29 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States
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The much-anticipated High Tech Awards celebrate the top innovators, entrepreneurs and technology leaders in Orange County. Join us for the 2022 High Tech Awards to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation. RSVP here September 29, 2022 at the AV Irvine,  16500 Scientific Way, Irvine, CA 92618

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October 2022

Octane / Insperity Webinar: Recession, Inflation, Business realities – what they mean to your employees and your profits

October 12 @ 8:00 AM

Join Octane and Insperity for a live webinar on Wednesday, October 12th at 8AM PST. Tough times don't last; tough people do. In business, tough means resilient, adaptable, strategic, and focused on a vision.  Unfortunately, the news lately has been ominous, and the economy, the stock market, and the supply chain are all telling us there might be a storm approaching.  This webinar will discuss things you, as a business owner or leader, can do to shore up your people…

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Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting – October 2022

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

RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, October 19th from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Caren Mason, President and Chief Executive Officer at STARR Surgical. 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…

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WLO Workshop: Women on Corporate Boards

October 27 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Join us at for a Women Leaders of Octane interactive workshop part of Octane's Medical Innovation Forum taking place October 27-28 at the Irvine Marriott! You must be registered for the forum to attend this free workshop. Register first for Octane's Medical Innovation Forum here. Once registered for the Forum, to attend the Women On Boards Workshop you can sign up here>> Women on Corporate Boards: What it’s Like, How to Prepare & How To Do It Thursday, October 27…

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November 2022

Webinar: Thinking of Opening a US Branch Office? US Work Visa Options

November 4 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Setting up a business in the USA can be quite exciting. But there are also many challenges. In-depth market research and planning can minimize the risks. Join Mitch Wexler, Managing Partner, Fragomen as he discusses US Work Visa Options. This will go over the more common visa options that you should consider, their timelines, eligibility requirements, challenges and the application process for each. Register Here>>  

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