LaunchPadTM

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LaunchPadTM is OCTANe’s hand’s-on, pro bono accelerator for start-up companies in the technology, life science, and clean tech industries. LaunchPad 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.

LaunchPadTM Results:

With LaunchPad’s help, 95 companies have raised in excess of $200 million in capital infusion.

How is LaunchPadTM Unique?

LaunchPadTM doesn’t just provide advice and feedback. Companies that fully participate in the LaunchPad program receive a highly detailed and quantitative evaluation of their business plans. Using advanced analytics, LaunchPad can provide specific recommendations, gap analysis, strengths and weakness analysis, investor perceptual maps, and likelihood of being funded. 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 CEOs know exactly what elements of their business plans differentiate them from other startups and which parts of their plans need improvement. Entrepreneurs tell us there’s nothing else like it. 

Get Involved

Entrepreneurs – To get started, email the executive summary of your business plan or your
investment presentation slide deck to us.

Investors – Qualified investors can tap into the qualified deal flow from companies that have completed the LaunchPadTM process. Please contact us here.

Advisors – The LaunchPadTM program depends on the expertise of OCTANe’s extensive resource network, which includes start-up CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, functional experts, strategic advisors, and corporate executives. These advisors support the mission of OCTANe and also get early visibility and access to Orange County’s start-up and innovation community.

The LaunchPadTM SBDC is hosted by OCTANe and 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. LaunchPad SBDC is part of the Orange County/Inland Empire Regional SBDC Network.                                                 

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