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*PEOPLE: OCTANe Hires a Director of Capital Markets

OCTANe, the Aliso Viejo tech and life sciences accelerator, announced the appointment of Debra Hart as director of capital markets.

Debra Hart, director of capital markets, OCTANe

In this newly created role, Hart will manage the OCTANe private investor network, institutional venture, corporate venture and other sources of capital, according to a press release issued today by OCTANe.

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. At that firm, she was responsible for presenting its investment offerings to independent investment advisors, family offices and high-net- worth individuals throughout SoCal.

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 M&A transactions.

She’s a registered representative, holding FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses, as well as an NFA Series 3 license.

With Hart, OCTANe intends to have an investor liaison 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,” Bill Carpou CEO of OCTANe, said in the release. “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.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a veteran journalist, who's covered OC startups for two-plus years.

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