Aliso Viejo, Calif., March 13, 2019 -- OCTANe, Orange County’s technology and life sciences accelerator organization, today announced the appointment of Debra Hart as Director of Capital Markets. In this newly created role she will manage the OCTANe Private Investor Network, Institutional Venture, Corporate Venture and other sources of capital.
Hart has more than 20 years investor relations experience, including business development, capital raising, corporate communications and client relationship management. Most recently she served as Regional Director for a Chicago-based alternative investment firm and was responsible for presenting the firm’s investment offerings to independent investment advisors, family offices and high net worth individuals throughout Southern California.
Previously, Hart spent over 15 years as a senior investor relations officer focused on supporting the development of small and mid-cap companies. She has contributed to a broad spectrum of financing transactions and supported numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions. Hart is a registered representative holding FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses as well as an NFA Series 3 license.
With this latest appointment, OCTANe will have an unprecedented investor reach to provide companies access to diverse capital markets and growth resources as part of its Growth Services platform.
"This is an exciting time for Southern California companies as we work to bring more capital into our region,” said Bill Carpou CEO of OCTANe. "We know that Debra will bring the right blend of investment management experience and entrepreneurial thinking to her role and we feel strongly that she will truly serve as an invaluable resource both to investors as well as early stage company leaders."
Hart will begin her role on April 1, 2019