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Landing the Big Check: Secrets to funding from an Entrepreneur & Investor


Landing the Big Check: Secrets to funding from an Entrepreneur & Investor

How do you fund a startup?

It's a simple question but the answer is anything but. With startups, funding is particularly difficult because there is so much inherent uncertainty in a startup that most banks and even investors will not even consider writing a check. What's an entrepreneur supposed to do then? It would be great if you could find out the answer from someone who has been there, done that and, fortunately for you, we have someone who fits that bill.

David M. Ochi is that person. He's a professor of entrepreneurship at UC Irvine and he knows the funding process inside and out as both an entrepreneur and as an investor. In this seminar, David will draw on his extensive experience in this space to help the audience understand the intricacies of the investment process and provide a framework that startup founders can use to give themselves their best chance at landing that big check.

Lunch will be served and we hope to see you there!

About David M. Ochi

David Ochi has over 25 years of experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise – a tutoring company called A’s Unlimited - at the age of 13. Mr. Ochi ran this company for 11 years while attending high school, college, and graduate school. Mr. Ochi utilized this experience to become an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine in 1999.

Mr. Ochi entered the world of technology in 2000 with the co-founding of Strevda LLC, a technology incubator. Mr. Ochi campaigned successfully for two rounds of investment funding for the nine projects. At its peak, Mr. Ochi managed and supervised nine incubation teams comprised of 95 persons.

In 2004, Mr. Ochi co-founded Websonic, LLC, a small business technology consulting firm focused on assisting small businesses to utilize technology in a strategic manner. With over 200 clients, Mr. Ochi oversaw the marketing and finance operations of the company and provided managerial consulting for clients.

In 2006, Websonic LLC was sold so that Mr. Ochi could co-found Alpha Sprouts, an early-stage consulting company. The charter client was the master licensee of Disney Consumer Products for Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam. Mr. Ochi lived in Viet Nam for nearly two years while consulting for Disney Consumer Products and other companies in a variety of industries including mining, energy, education, and mobile technology. With consulting experience throughout Asia, including Viet Nam, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and South Korea, Mr. Ochi returned from Viet Nam in late 2008 to continue the consulting of early-stage companies from Orange County, California.

In 2010, Mr. Ochi co-founded Sunnox Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy solutions for private and municipal street lighting. Mr. Ochi is the recipient of the 2011 Green For All Business Academy Entrepreneurial Concept Award. Mr. Ochi is the founding Executive Director of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine.

In addition to his entrepreneurial adventures, Mr. Ochi is also an amateur inventor having participated in the filing of over a dozen patents and trademarks in his career.

Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of seven early-stage companies. Mr. Ochi is also very actively involved on the Board of 4 alumni organizations at UC Irvine, the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Club Board of Directors, the former Alumni Advisor for UC Ideas program at the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business as well a former board member of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) in Orange County. Mr. Ochi sits in several investment screening committees including EvoNexus. Mr. Ochi also is 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 holds a BA in Political Science, a BS in Biological Sciences, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, Mr. Ochi graduated from the Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters in Project Management.

About Seminars at the CSUF Startup Incubator

The CSUF Startup Incubator is dedicated to helping enrich the entrepreneurial community through advising and the hosting of seminars with subject matter experts. Our seminars are built to empower attendees with actionable strategies and information that they can use to launch and/or grow their businesses.

Entrepreneurs who are working on launching a concept are encouraged to apply to become a part of the CSUF Startup Incubator. At the CSUF Startup Incubator, entrepreneurs work with our experts over the course of six months to develop and launch an effective startup strategy.

Entrepreneurs who already have a business and are looking for new ways to grow or to address existing issues would be an excellent fit for the CSUF Consulting program. Clients of this program work with a team of students, a mentor, and professor to create a comprehensive strategic plan that will align the business for future success.

Directions and Parking

Parking is available on the Irvine campus for a fee. For more information about parking on the CSUF Irvine campus, please go here: http://www.fullerton.edu/irvine/about/campusmap.php


For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

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