ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 2, 2019 – OCTANe, Orange County’s technology and life sciences accelerator organization, today announced the continued growth of its signature event, Technology Innovation Forum (TIF). Themed Evolve, this year’s conference will take place at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa from May 13 to 14.
TIF will set the stage for technological innovation in Southern California, featuring top executives and experts from among the leading companies in the area, including Cylance, Experian, FivePoint, Goldman Sachs and SAP. OCTANe CEO, Bill Carpou will also take the stage to announce a handful of major, new initiatives for the organization that will further demonstrate leadership by OCTANe and contribute to the ongoing growth of technology in the Southern California region.
Another component of TIF will be the OCTANe signature event staple, LaunchPad company presentations. By using a unique predictive analytics process to position companies and their underlying business models, LaunchPad helps organizations make effective presentations to investors. Since 2011, the LaunchPad SBDC panel process has reviewed over 571 companies. Of these, 86 percent have received funding, and 88% of those receiving funding remain operational. Since inception, LaunchPad has successfully raised over $2.1 billion in investment capital, which has produced over 10,290 jobs. The eight LaunchPad companies presenting at TIF include:
A success story from LaunchPad, Blast will also present during TIF. Blast has created a gamification platform intended to help people micro-save and earn money while playing games. The company's platform utilizes in-game events to trigger savings, which are multiplied through interest paid on balances and dividends from missions and weekly leaderboard payouts, enabling gamers to get financial benefits as well as build incremental wealth for investors.
Upcoming OCTANe events include OCTANe’s Ophthalmology Technology Summit, taking place June 28 at the Fashion Island Hotel, and Medical Technology Innovation Forum, which will follow later in the year from October 28 to 29 at the Newport Beach Marriott.