2018 Finalists

Finalists were chosen from over 80 companies in the Orange County Area.  OCTANe is excited to present you with this year's finalists. 


Outstanding Private Company CEO


Andy Firoved

HOTB Software Solutions believes in developing ideas into innovative products by cultivating technology, providing solutions, defining workflow, powering automation and connecting users.

What sets us apart from other software providers? Out of the box thinking, rigorous development and testing standards and a proven track record deploying large-scale programs.

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Ladeira Poonian

iBASEt is a leading provider of software solutions to complex, highly regulated industries, like Aerospace and Defense, Nuclear, Industrial Equipment, Electronics, and Shipbuilding. iBASEt’s software streamlines and integrates Manufacturing Execution Systems and Operations Management (MES/MOM)Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Enterprise Quality Management Systems (EQMS) for operations and Supplier Quality Management.

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Russ Garcia

Menlo Micro is reinventing the electronic switch. The company’s Digital-Micro-Switch platform is a game changer for those who design electronic systems – with a market opportunity of more than $20B – serving multiple industries including next-generation 5G mobile networks, industrial IoT markets, battery management, medical equipment, home-automation, test and measurement, and more.

Outstanding Public Company CEO


Dean Stoecker

Revolutionizing business through data science and analytics, Alteryx offers an end-to-end analytics platform, which empowers data analysts and scientists alike to break data barriers, deliver insights and experience the thrill of getting to the answer faster. Organizations all over the world rely on Alteryx daily to deliver actionable insights.


Michael Burdiek

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) is a technology solutions pioneer transforming the global connected economy. Our software applications, scalable cloud services and intelligent devices collect and assess business-critical data from mobile assets, cargo, companies and cities. We power autonomous IoT interaction, facilitate efficient decision making, optimize resource utilization and improve road safety.


Outstanding Private Technology Company


NGD Systems

NGD Systems is changing the world of data analytics with advanced computational storage deploying patented In-Situ Processing. Achieving unparalleled scalability for near real-time petabyte scale data processing with patented algorithms delivering industry leading capacity, scalability and reliability. This team also delivered the world’s first enterprise SSDs, therefore reshaping the storage industry again.




Mavenlink is a transformative software platform for the modern services organization. Mavenlink combines best practices and technology to help services organizations improve operational execution, become more agile as a business, and drive improved financial performance. It is the only solution to be listed as a Leader in both G2 Crowd’s Best Professional Services Automation and Best Project Management Software grid.



Swift Engineering

Swift Engineering is an innovation company providing products, technologies and fully integrated product development solutions from ideation to market. We have over 30 years of design, engineering and build heritage in intelligent systems, and advanced vehicles; including autonomous systems,helicopters, submarines, spacecraft, ground vehicles, and robotics.

Outstanding Public Technology Company


Core Logic

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider. The company’s combined public, contributory and proprietary data sources include over 4.5 billion records providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. For more information: www.corelogic.com.

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Experian unlocks the power of data to create opportunities for consumers, businesses and society. At life’s big moments – from buying a home or car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business exponentially by connecting it with new customers – we empower people and organizations to manage their data with confidence so they can maximize every opportunity.

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A leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and solutions with an open, extensible platform that combines powerful applications with orchestrated cognitive computing to transform unstructured data, extracting actionable intelligence from public and private content globally.

Outstanding Emerging Technology Company



Rallio is more than a social media management technology. It’s a smarter, simpler way for brands to maximize social marketing efforts. Rallio technology provides a complete social media ecosystem allowing manufacturers, corporate brands and their locations, employees and customers to build a local community, share experiences and drive local business.


Site 1001

Site 1001 is an advanced building operations platform that uses core building information, building systems and sensor data in combination with artificial intelligence to put the “smart” in “smart buildings.” Site 1001 helps owners, operators and FM pros save money and improve building performance without adding to workloads.

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Smart Energy Water

Smart Energy water (SEW) is the #1 global energy and water cloud platform for customer engagement, workforce engagement, and smart analytics to the energy and water utility sector. We lead the industry with innovative solutions that integrate seamlessly with utility systems, increase operational efficiency, and reduce IT costs by leveraging AI, cloud and mobile technologies.

Best Technology Innovation in a Consumer Product

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Concierge Key Health

 Concierge Key Health is the first concierge membership to expand the benefits of personalized, on-demand access offered through a primary care physician to all of the specialists that make up your healthcare team. Now you can receive the personalized service, 24/7 access and VIP treatment through the entire continuum of care.




GrandPad’s mission is to improve the lives of millions of seniors by reconnecting them with family, friends, and caregivers. The 8-inch tablet features a secure network and US based customer service. Family can video chat, receive voice emails, and share photos through the companion app on i0S and Android. 

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Soft Health Technologies

Soft Health Technologies is disrupting a growing yet innovation-stagnant $7 billion global industry with a first-of-its-kind product, Finess. Finess is a comfortable and compact patch providing the millions of women with light to moderate bladder leaks a new level of protection, confidence and simplicity, empowering them to live active lifestyles, laugh often, worry less and enjoy all of life's moments—leak free.

Best Technology Innovation in Software



MERIDIUN is an omni-channel mobile technology company enabling enterprises to deliver seamless experiences anywhere, anytime. We combine data-science, artificial intelligence and user behavior to create personalized and relevant digital AR experiences on top of physical spaces. Our data-driven platform creates engagements, monetizes content and analyzes interactions to drive business results.



NCompassTrac develops for the commercial market, cloud and mobile based products that offer innovative patented methods of acquiring, segmenting and retaining customers.  With a customer base over 2,500 dealers and OEMs, and a 50% CAGR, NCompassTrac has established itself as the retention and capture solutions leader for Automotive and Powersports industry.   

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NuEyes is a veteran owned, Newport Beach based, technology company dedicated to leveraging AR (Augmented Reality) wearables for the medical industry.  Our smart devices have been improving the lives of the visually impaired and we will soon be introducing a device that will be used by the physicians providing care. 

Best Innovation in MedTech/ Life Sciences



 Bonti is an innovative biotechnology company seeking to address key unmet needs in markets with significant addressable opportunities by developing and commercializing novel, fast-acting neurotoxin products for aesthetic and therapeutic applications. The company is led by executives with extensive experience with neurotoxin products at Allergan.

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Cellgen Diagnostics

Cellgen Diagnostics is focused on developing and commercializing an immuno-oncology, companion diagnostic platform that enables doctors to administer a simple, in-house blood test to measure the health of the immune system.  Each disposable test will help determine which patients are most likely to respond to a given immuno-oncology therapy.  Cellgen enables “precise” immuno-oncology.


FRESCA Medical

FRESCA Medical is a pioneer in sleep apnea treatment and connected health technology.  FRESCA’s first product, the CURVE™ Positive Airway Pressure System for sleep apnea addresses numerous unmet needs in the $35B available sleep apnea treatment market. For more information, visit: www.frescamed.com

VC of the Year

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Cove Fund

The Cove Fund is a family of seed-stage venture capital funds that provides startup funding for promising early stage Southern California technology and life science companies. The Fund is headquartered in “The Cove” at UC Irvine Applied Innovation, a centrally located and vibrant gathering place for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors.

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GE Ventures

GE Ventures builds collaborative networks and pioneers the future of industries to transform lives. Focused on the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and health care, GE Ventures combines equity investing, new business creation, licensing and technology transfer to deliver an innovation platform designed to drive growth for partners and GE. 

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Okapi Venture Capital

Okapi Venture Capital provides long-term capital to early-stage tech companies.  Okapi focuses its investments in startups in the OC, LA and San Diego regions and has 22 active portfolio companies including: CrowdStrike, Welltok, BabyList, SpecRight, WhiteFox Defense, TrackStreet.  Prior Okapi investments include: Connectifier, SignNow and Transaction Wireless.  Okapi’s office is in Laguna Beach, CA.

Deal of the Year

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“CombiMatrix is a clinical diagnostic laboratory specializing in cytogenomic testing for preimplantation genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis, miscarriage analysis, and pediatric developmental disorders. As a full-scale cytogenetic and cytogenomic laboratory, CombiMatrix offers single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chromosomal microarray analysis, next generation sequencing (NGS), standard and customized FISH, and high resolution karyotyping to help clinicians better care for their patients.



LKQD Technologies is a leading video advertising technology platform. LKQD provides a flexible and scalable end-to-end technology stack that digital video sellers and buyers rely on to build and grow their businesses. Today, hundreds of media companies use LKQD to power their video advertising across desktop, mobile, and connected TV.



Kofax provides software and solutions to automate and digitally transform human and information intensive processes by combining robotic process automation, business process management, multichannel capture and other critically important capabilities in a unified platform. More than 20,000 customers rely on Kofax to improve customer engagement, reduce costs, and increase growth and profitability.