When The Buddy Group learned of the opportunity to partner with OCTANe on a build of their new website portal we jumped at the opportunity. Not only because they’re a smart, collaborative team, but we are passionate about helping other Orange County-based organizations thrive.  


“I look forward to helping Orange County thrive, grow, give, and build sustainable businesses over the next 10 years and create an even better Orange County for my kids and future entrepreneurs to enjoy.” –– Pete Deutschman, chief executive of The Buddy Group


OCTANe exists to connect entrepreneurs and early stage companies with investors, advisors, and resources to develop and grow Orange County technology startups. Coupling human interaction with their predictive analytics process, they have helped to accelerate over 2,000 companies in Orange County and raise $1.2 billion in startup investment capital. Unlike other organizations OCTANe provides a whole ecosystem of startup offerings including their accelerator “LaunchPad” program.


When we first engaged with their team, we learned that OCTANe is already successful at supporting their founders, investors, and advisors through relationship building and various offline resources. But there was an opportunity to build an online experience to enhance the value of a being a member. The Buddy Group developed “The Portal By OCTANe” a responsive experience where users can login to see helpful content and engage around their needs. The experience became 1) a vehicle for connecting startup CEOs to strategic advisors  2) a platform to showcase companies who are in need of capital to prospective investors and 3) an educational resource to engage with at anytime and anywhere.


Built on a PHP framework and powered by BUDeSYSTEM, this portal enables both members and founders a sense of community that helps to:

  • Generate additional value for membership

  • Generate an additional hook for sponsors

  • Demonstrate the “network” available to investors

  • Generate additional revenue for the organization


Without further ado, take a look for yourself at what our team did. Bear in mind, in order to gain access to the entire experience you must be a member.  

by The Buddy Group

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