LaunchPad SBDC is OCTANe’s hands on, accelerator for start-up companies in the technology, life science, and clean tech industries. LaunchPad SBDC helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful businesses.
OCTANe’s goal is to help new companies get started, help start-ups get funded, help funded companies grow, help growing companies get to liquidity exits, and create new jobs. LaunchPad is one of the ways we get that done.
With LaunchPad’s help, more than 128 companies have raised in excess of $494,400,000 in Seed, Series A, and Series B investments.
How is LaunchPad Unique?
LaunchPad SBDC doesn’t just provide advice and feedback. Companies that fully participate in the LaunchPad program receive a highly detailed and quantitative evaluation based on predictive analytics of their business plans. LaunchPad’s dataset contains thousands of data points on business plan elements gathered from hundreds of companies across all Southern California high tech industries. LaunchPad company CEOs know exactly what elements of their business plans differentiate them from other startups and which parts of their plans need improvement. OCTANe subsequently designs a company specific development plan, where applicable, based on the quantitative data set. LaunchPad does not charge a fee for its services and does not take equity compensation.
How Does LaunchPad Help Companies Get Funded?
The LaunchPad process can identify the strongest companies that are most likely to receive Start-up investment. The process makes it easier to identify and improve the business plan elements that could inhibit funding. When the start-up company and team are ready, we make introductions to our network of venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity firms, and corporate investors.
Entrepreneurs - The LaunchPad application process is very easy. Please email the executive summary of your business plan or your investment presentation slide deck to [email protected]
Investors - Qualified investors can tap into the qualified deal flow from companies that have completed the LaunchPad process. Please contact Paul Symczak ([email protected]).
The LaunchPad SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and California State University Fullerton and extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBA and California State University Fullerton cannot endorse any products, opinions, or services of any external parties or activities.