David M. Ochi
David Ochi is a persistent entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise at the age of 13. Since then, Mr. Ochi has started over a dozen companies in diverse industries such as fashion, technology, international distribution, startup incubation, cleantech, biotech, mobile, social media, and education. Mr. Ochi is the recipient of the 2011 Green For All Entrepreneurial Concept Award. He was the founding Executive Director of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Ochi also utilized his experience to become an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and is an adjunct faculty member of both Saddleback and Irvine Valley Community Colleges. In 2007, he moved to Viet Nam for nearly two years launching Disney Consumer Products into the Indochina market. He is a regular speaker at industry events throughout the US, Europe, and Asia most notably on topics involving startup strategy and early-stage funding. He was the Chief Strategy Officer of Convert Coal, Inc., a cutting-edge coal cleaning technology company based in the United States with initial market efforts throughout Europe. Mr. Ochi is the co-founder and CEO of V1 Ventures, a health sciences & technology acceleration firm focused on exponentially growing scale-ups by facilitating rapid international expansion into global territories. Currently, Mr. Ochi is the Executive Director of the Innovation Incubator at California State University Dominguez Hills near Los Angeles, California where he focuses on expanding the entrepreneur mindset and skillsets into disadvantaged communities. Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of 7 early-stage companies. Mr. Ochi is also very actively involved in several charity and industry organizations including 7 organizations at UC Irvine as well as a former board member of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) in Orange County. Mr. Ochi was a co-founder of the not-for-profit MORE Foundation whose mission is to connect intellectual property opportunities with undergraduate students at local universities. Mr. Ochi has a Masters in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and an MBA, a BS in Biological Sciences, and a BA in Political Science from UC Irvine.
Specialties: Strategic, Sales Management & Recruiting, Team Development & Motivation, Entrepreneurial Finance, Ethical Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Worksite Marketing, Sports & Entertainment Management, Sports Facilities Management, Public Speaking & Professional Networking
- Brand Identity
- Web Design
- Packaging Design
- Layout and Print Design
I am a CSUDH Alumni with a degree in graphic design. I love making logos, motion graphic videos, and print works. I look forward to growing as a designer and exploring what it has to offer.
I am a Cal State Dominguez Hills Alumni, and a resident in Los Angeles, CA. My passion in the graphic design field is creating logos, and illustrations and incorporate them into posters, packaging, and branding designs. As for my photography, I’m interested in taking photos of anything that is a focal point, nature, cityscape, night scene, and portraits.
Innovation Incubator Mentors (Primary & Secondary) serve multiple roles:
An effective mentor is invariably accomplished in their professional role. They are generally admired and respected in their position, and their achievements in that position. Clients will often look for a set of habits, approaches, style and skills that the mentor exhibits and that the mentee wishes to emulate and practice.
Good mentors have to be good listeners. They need to foster confidence in the Client. Primary Mentors, who provide opportunities for their charges to articulate and develop ideas without fear of pre-judgment, criticism or ridicule, contribute real value to the relationship.
Mentors can offer guidance. Guidance is different from leading – it allows discovery. You do not provide answers directly. The subject range is broad and can, for instance, relate to career development or strategies and tactics for achieving particular professional goals.
It is valid for a mentor to assume a teaching or coaching role around a particular skill set, helping the Client to learn quickly, in the format and style of the culture. This role should be specific, short-lived and not performed by proxy.
Advocate and Champion
Good mentors may choose to do more than just interact with their Client. They must actively and wisely foster support for the client across the community, influencing and promoting the mentee’s reputation, capabilities, and worth.
Every new Mentor you introduce to your client is an opportunity. Invite them to other meetings you deemed important such as industry, community or professional events.
Secondary Specialist Mentor Referral
On an as-needed basis, the Lead Mentor should refer a Secondary Specialist Mentor to assist the Client in areas where the Lead Mentor is not a subject matter expert, similar to a general physician referring a podiatrist when the patient needed help with a foot injury. The Secondary Specialist Mentors serve areas like Marketing, Social Media, IT, Legal, HR, and Finance, plus specific industries such as food, textiles, and manufacturing.
Our Mentors do not tell our Clients what to do, we only recommend. We do not do the work for our Innovation Incubator Clients. Instead, we establish accountability milestones and Mentors hold clients accountable for doing whatever the client promised to do or accomplish during coaching sessions.
Innovation Incubator Primary Mentors
Secondary Mentors- Subject Matter Experts (SME)
|Joe Donnini||Franchise Atty|
|Mark Hiraide, JD||Securities/ CrowFd|
|Bree Nguyen||Social Media|
|Brett Parker||Supply Chain/ Logistics|
|Silvia Van Dusen||HRM|
|Elizabeth Yang, JD||Intellectual Property|
Faculty/ Academic Mentors: Subject Matter Experts