Investment Strategy


The Fund’s investment strategy combines the Principals’ understanding of the opportunities and challenges specific to the oil and gas technology industry with the team’s substantial experience as venture capital investors. Rather than investing in specific technologies – often in search of an application or market – the Fund will invest in “market-driven solutions” being applied to identified customer needs. The Fund’s strategy for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities involves the following key areas:

  • Investing in technology-based solutions to resource problems that are economically important to end-users.
  • Focusing on capital-efficient businesses with the potential to address multiple target markets.
  • Leveraging the Octane investment team’s position in the technology sector to access the proprietary deal flow, to lead investment rounds, and to attract high-calibre co-investors.
  • Profit from ‘market gap’ opportunities where producers and service companies are not incented to innovate.

The fund will invest in new technologies from a variety of sources including spinouts from petroleum and service companies, transfer of technologies from other industries that have oil and gas applications as well as energy technology start-ups. Octane will invest from early stage to later stage companies with a focus on technologies that have undergone field trials.


Octane will be unique in the focus on oil and gas technology with the ability to invest in oil and gas fields where the technology will significantly improve the fundamental economics. The principals have a strong technology commercialization background, petroleum investment experience and are able to focus on building world class management team and technology.

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