Joseph Hirsch, Director of Client Relations from Globalview Advisors, attended OCTANe’s 25th Annual High Technology Awards Event, held this year at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach on September 27, 2018. It was emceed by Jane King, Founder & CEO of LilaMaxMedia LLC, a multi-platform provider of video content on consumer and business news. King currently provides daily business reports from the NASDAQ Marketsite in Times Square for 70 TV stations as well as online through the TheStreet.com.

The awards program honored Orange County-based companies that have demonstrated exceptional leadership while developing new technological advancements in their respective industries.

Ten awards, selected by a panel of 12 independent judges, were awarded to the following 2018 winners:

Two additional awards were distributed at the event.  The UCI Samueli School of Engineering Innovator of the Year Award given to Dr. Kyriacos A. Athanasiouas from the University of California, Irvine, as well as the Leadership in the Success of Orange County Award, honoring Linda DiMario, Executive Vice President, Greater Irvine Chamber.

During the event, Bill Carpou, CEO of OCTANe, announced the launch of the organization’s first ever capital campaign—intended to create 55,000 new jobs by 2030 and develop the infrastructure required to support this ambitious goal. “The goal of $3.3 million will provide the resources necessary to create a place for future generations to thrive,” said Carpou.

This year’s event was hosted at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, Ca. and The OCTANe High Tech Innovation Awards were sponsored by Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Greater Irvine Chamber, Haskell & White, Insperity, Irvine Company, JP Morgan Chase., Orange County Business Council, RSM, Savills Studley, Stradling, Squar Milner, Techspace and UPS.

OCTANe is building the SoCal of Tomorrow by connecting people, resources and capital to fuel technology growth in Southern California. Its members represent technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. The organization has helped more than 800 companies via the LaunchPad SBDC accelerator. LaunchPad companies have received more than $2.1 billion in investment and equity exits. OCTANe annually welcomes more than 7,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the region are OCTANe members.