Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development, Small Business Growth, Entrepreneurial/Innovation Education, Startup Finance and Marketing, International Business Strategy
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, Ochi has started over a dozen companies in diverse industries such as fashion, technology, international distribution, startup incubation, clean tech, biotech, mobile, social media, and education. He is a regular speaker at industry events throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, most notably on topics involving startup strategy and early-stage funding.
Currently, Ochi is the Executive Director of the CSUDH Innovation Incubator, where he focuses on expanding the entrepreneur mindset and skillsets into diverse communities. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a handful of startup companies and is actively involved in the growth of several early-stage companies. Ochi is also very actively involved in several charity and industry organizations including seven organizations at UC Irvine as well as a former board member of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) in Orange County. 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.
M.B.A., UC Irvine
Master’s in Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management