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LaunchPadTM SBDC’s proven data-driven strategy connects a wide network of business leaders and potential investors to support an entrepreneur’s new business, and assists in reaching the critical stage of any business’ development: investment funding.

OUR INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM PROVIDES ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTORS A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY THROUGH:
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OCTANe and the LaunchPadTM SBDC work synergistically to identify insights and experiences that will take your business planning to the next level. Our community resources will help you apply scientific methods to validate opportunities, accelerate your commercialization process, and attract investors.

Deep Industry Networks

Meet various individuals with tremendous sector and industry understanding that can help connect you with the appropriate community and assets needed to grow and launch your company.

Resources

Gain incredible insight through industry panelist ratings, reports, and constructive analysis relevant to your business plan.

Business Guidance

LaunchPadTM SBDC offers mentorship and guidance from various startup veterans and corporate executives recognized as experts in their respective fields who are ready and able to help you every step of the way.

Get introduced to investors seeking to finance emerging technology and life science companies.

Company and Academia Connections

Work with successful companies and academic professionals who have been where you are and know exactly what it takes to fuel your idea and advance it to the next level.

A unique ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new life science, information technology, clean technology, and sports technology companies to the OC.

LaunchPad

The LaunchPadTM SBDC process begins with a simple application that can be submitted online. Once the application is submitted and reviewed, qualified applicants will be invited to attend an initial consulting session, where it will be determined whether or not the LaunchPadTM SBDC process is suitable for the applicant’s company business plan. If the applicant is determined to be a proper fit, he or she will begin a highly curated consulting process that brings together category experts, strategic partners, and investors that are extremely helpful and relevant to meeting the applicant’s goals of obtaining adequate funding.

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LAUNCHPADTM SBDC PROCESS OVERVIEW

A process dedicated to progress.

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After completing our comprehensive program involving an initial consultation, panel evaluation, data analysis and consulting, an entrepreneur will received a detailed report comparing its specific business model with our database of thousands of companies. The LaunchPadTM SBDC participant will then know exactly what elements of their business plan differentiates them from other startups, what part of their plan needs improvement, and will work with OCTANe-appointed advisors who will help them make the appropriate modifications.

After the plan is perfected, the LaunchPadTM SBDC process works to identify the most appropriate sources of funding for the company, and introduces the entrepreneur to our exclusive network of venture capitalists, angel investors, grand funders, private equity firms, and corporate investors. Together, we’ll strive to make sure your hard work pays off! At no cost to you.

ARE YOU LAUNCHPADTM SBDC READY?

Have you examined crucial areas of your company that will need to be defined before beginning the LaunchPadTM SBDC process? How does your company and business plan rate?

Business Sector

Does your company fall into one of these business sectors?

  • Biomedical and life science technology
  • Information technology
  • Action lifestyle/sports technology
  • Clean technology

Market Opportunity

  • Value proposition
  • Addressable market size
  • Immediacy of market demand

Investment Opportunity

  • Liquidity horizon and exit potential
  • Investment returns
  • Perception with investors

Technical Solution

  • Market view and solution/product
  • Intellectual property
  • Sustainable competitive advantage
  • User interface/industrial design
  • Product differentiation
  • Product development

Business Plan

  • Use of funds
  • Financials
  • Manufacturing economies of scale
  • Scalability of business model
  • Business model
  • Manufacturing plan
  • Channel and distribution
  • Go-to-market strategy
  • Customer traction/pipeline
  • Customer acquisition costs

Management Team

  • CEO ability to execute
  • Technical team in place
  • Management team in place
  • Management team experience

If your business plan incorporates strategies on executing the items listed here, then chances are you are an excellent candidate for the LaunchPadTM SBDC program!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM, PERFECT YOUR BUSINESS PLAN, AND JUMP START YOUR BUSINESS TODAY

We believe great companies are built by revolutionary entrepreneurs and we are here to support those who are ready to turn their vision into a great business. See how the LaunchPadTM SBDC program can change everything about launching your new enterprise and sign up today!

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*LaunchPadTM SBDC does not charge a fee for its services and does not take equity compensation. There is no limit as to the amount of companies that can apply. LaunchPadTM SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 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.

Valuable Resources

Valuable Resources

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