Dream Focused – Business Minded

May 2023

Denichiro “Denny” Otsuga Ph.D.

Denichiro "Denny" Otsuga


Intellectual Property Management |

Angel Investments, Venture Capital

Denichiro “Denny” Otsuga is an experienced business advisor and entrepreneur. Denny was the co-founder of a specialized intellectual property management consulting business. The company experienced rapid growth and was subsequently acquired by a publicly traded company.

Denny was trained as a scientist; he holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and worked in a biotechnology startup venture company bridging science and business operations. Additionally, Denny has worked in venture capital firms and a boutique management consulting firm specializing in innovation and innovation ecosystem development. He has also held senior management positions in various universities, overseeing intellectual property management and technology-based venture startups.

Through his wide-ranging career experience, he has a wealth of experience in negotiating and executing various agreements. Specifically, Denny has negotiated; patent licensing, non-disclosure/confidentiality, collaboration, consortium, sponsored research, grants, and corporate sponsorship. Several agreements led by Denny are valued more than $1M. Denny also has experience in business strategy, equity financing in pre-seed/seed stages, investor pitch, and angel investment.

Denny is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs, and he has been actively contributing to the growth and success of startup companies through his involvement with Rockies Venture Club, a non-profit angel investor network organization.

Consulting Expertise Includes:

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Creative Business After Hours: Advocacy, Agency, and Anti-Oppression in the Arts

Creative Business After Hours: Advocacy, Agency, and Anti-Oppression in the Arts in partnership with Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

How do artists advocate for themselves in spaces that have limited resources and no real functioning systems of support?

Where do artists go when they have a complaint or need help navigating the space that they are in?

This panel discussion is designed to help the performer and artist navigate these unique business situations, and understand what some of the resources available to them are.

As artistic spaces evolve, Full Expression! wants to connect our creative community with individuals who are doing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work daily while offering practical ways and resources on how to embody advocacy. Panelists will represent different areas of advocacy ranging from anti-bullying, sexual abuse prevention and education, anti-racism, disability activism and other fields.

This panel is for anyone who identifies as an artist and wants to be part of the conversation. We will offer a facilitated group panel followed by smaller group discussions, as well as an opportunity to network with guests.


5:15pm – 5:45pm: Check-in
5:45pm – 6:00pm: Networking
6:00-7:45 pm: Panel and Breakout session (with networking breaks)

This is a FREE event and will be hosted at the Museum of Discovery. We do have limited capacity and ask that you pre-register.


Josef Canaria (he/him) Program Manager at Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

Patrice Palmer (They/Them) – CSU Director of Social and Cultural Inclusion in the College of Business

Alicia “Lisa” Young (She/Her) – Founder, ShEO, actorvist of IDEA Stages

Ben Raanan (He/Him) – Artistic Director at Phamaly Theatre 

Karen Wong Brown (She/Her) – Founder of Unified Workforce

Breakout Moderator: Andrew Magaña (He/Him) – Odell Brewery

Panel Moderator: Maya Jairam (she/her) – owner/founder/consultant at Equity Works, LLC, JEDI Director at Full Expression! A Dance Collective, Creative District Steering committee member, IDEA Stages board member

Co-Sponsor(s): Presented by: Full Expression!, Larimer SBDC, The Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, in partnership with Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

This is a FREE event and will be hosted at the Museum of Discovery. We do have limited capacity and ask that you pre-register to reserve your FREE spot today!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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