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CVC Workshop Series: Corporate Partnerships for Startups, Featuring Scott Pollack (Digital Partnerships, AMEX)

Columbia Venture Community (CVC)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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When: Wed. 12/12 at 7pm
NYIT School of Management Boardroom (Room 408)
Floor 4
26 W 61 St. 
New York, NY 10023
Host: Columbia Venture Community


This CVC Workshop will feature BD guru Scott Pollack, discussing best practices for start-ups looking to partner with large corporations. Topics will include:

  • Partnerships and BD 101
  • How seed stage companies in particular should think about partnerships
  • Overview of various types of partnerships + examples
  • Risk/rewards of BD partnerships between start-ups and large corporates

About Scott Pollack

Scott Pollack is a self-described " deal-geek" with a weird addiction to business development.  With over 13 years of experience in Startups and Big Companies alike, Scott puts his unique perspective on business development to work as a teacher, writer, speaker, and doer.        


Scott currently works on Digital Partnerships & Development for American Express, where he's bringing the next generation of innovative products and partnerships to life for the company's customers and merchants.  Prior to American Express, Scott was responsible for a $30MM sales distribution partnership pipeline at Dow Chemical.


On the startup side, Scott was the founder & CEO of Hot Pot Culinary Events, a social cooking experiences company based in NYC.  Scott began his startup life as a Java developer during the Web 1.0 dot-com days, where he rose from intern to head of engineering for UVentures (acquired by Innovaro) as a 19 year old college freshman.


Scott writes about business development for Forbes and blogs at  He is a passionate teacher and lecturer on business development (Harvard, Wharton, Babson, NYU, Fordham, Skillshare, General Assembly) and is a tireless advocate for the New York startup community.


About CVC Workshops

CVC Workshops is an ongoing series intended to showcase and leverage the growing knowledge base and expertise that exists within the CVC organization. We typically feature a speaker who is an expert on a given subject, and focus each session on a specific area of entrepreneurship. Past workshops have included discussions around startup basics, like navigating a cap table for the first time and doing initial sales for a prototype product. CVC Workshops are highly interactive and are a great way to learn tangible insights around a particular topic that can be immediately applied to your business. Bring specific questions and practical use cases!


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NYIT School of Management Boardroom (Room 408)
26 W 61st St
Floor 4
New York, NY 10023

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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Columbia Venture Community (CVC)

Columbia Venture Community (CVC) is a community for Columbia students, alumni and employees interested in all aspects entrepreneurship. The group welcomes members from any school, sector or industry function (e.g., entrepreneur, VC, lawyer, etc.).

CVC seeks to foster entrepreneurship by facilitating communication, providing access to resources and creating community. Through CVC members meet every few weeks to participate in an array of events. Event formats include idea incubation, demo events, educational panel and speaker events and happy hours.

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