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At any stage of starting your business, support and advice is a necessity. We offer free, confidential, one-on-one consultations for UC Irvine students, faculty, staff, alumni and teams including UC Irvine affiliates. If you are seeking advice for a business idea, prepping for a pitch competition, or attempting to understand where to take your company next, schedule an appointment with us!


David Ochi, MBA

Interim Director of New Ventures

Areas of expertise:

  • Angel investment
  • B2B
  • Bitcoin
  • Brand strategy
  • Business development, models, and operations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Ecommerce
  • Intellectual Property (Patents/Trademarks)
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Partnerships
  • Venture Capital
  • Wholesale

Breanna Hale, MBA

Assistant Director

Areas of expertise:

  • Competitive analysis
  • Connection to entrepreneurial resources and events
  • General strategy
  • Market analysis
  • Marketing
  • Motivation
  • Presentations and pitches
  • Sales
  • Team building

Crystal Sanchez

Student Consultant
Founder and CEO, Guardian Locket

Areas of expertise:

  • Business plan
  • Business plan competitions
  • Customer needs
  • Customer profiles
  • Early stage start ups
  • Elevator pitch
  • Growth strategies
  • Pitch deck
  • Problem/market/solution
  • Recognizing opportunity
  • Steps to launch

Zachary Little

Student Consultant
Social Media Marketing Agent and Physical Product Brand Builder, SourceClub Commerce Group

Areas of expertise:

  • 3D Printing/Additive manufacturing
  • Amazon
  • Automation
  • Digital marketing strategy
  • Distribution
  • Goal setting and prioritization
  • Physical product launching

Keene Do

Student Consultant

Areas of expertise:

  • Business Development
  • Customer Discovery
  • Early Stage Start Ups
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Kickstarter Campaigns
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Problem/Market/Solution
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Team Management

Natalie Sweis

Student Consultant
Founder and CEO, Failsafe Application
Co-Founder, Seasonally Fresh

Areas of expertise:

  • Agriculture Industry
  • Concept Paper
  • Customer and Product Validation
  • Mobile App Management for non-coders
  • Personal Safety Industry
  • Pitch Deck
  • Startup Competitions
  • Supply Chain
  • Software Development Life Cycle
  • Team Building & Management
  • Sustainability Industry

Matthew Nguyen

Student Consultant
Co-Founder and CFO, Apeel Juice
Owner, TrumpetBird Productions

Areas of expertise:

  • Business Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Team Development
  • Market Discovery
  • Financial Projections/Modeling
  • Media Production
  • Website Design

Huan Quach

Student Consultant
Co-Founder, Apeel Juice

Areas of expertise:

  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Ideation and Implementation
  • Operations
  • Problem/Market/Solution
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Team Building and Management