Dennis currently serves as Investment Director at Zeon Ventures, a newly-formed, early stage venture capital firm investing across materials, sustainability, climate and health. Zeon Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Zeon Corporation, a global leader in elastomers, polymers, and specialty chemicals.
Prior to joining Zeon, Dennis was at Honda for close to a decade spearheading the company’s corporate venturing and open innovation activities. While at Honda, Dennis co-founded Honda Xcelerator, one of the first mobility-focused corporate accelerator programs and led these activities on a global scale. Under his direction, Honda’s open innovation and venturing activities generated 40+ startup collaborations, numerous strategic investments, one acquisition, and a solid pipeline of deployments in consumer mobility products. Before joining Honda, Dennis worked at DEFTA Partners, a boutique venture capital firm, building bridges between technology upstarts in Silicon Valley and multinational corporations in Asia.
Earlier in his career, Dennis spent eight years in Japan working in a variety of sectors including banking and international civil service. While in Japan, he was awarded a Monbusho Scholarship to research social innovation and received his Master’s Degree in Development Economics.