Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

There are several tools for the corporate VC to use in a venturing program.

Here’s a list to consider:

  • Hackathon - invite those in the industry or area to participate in a coding challenge to solve a particular problem.
  • Shared resources - provide the community with a set of tools and data sets and invite open community collaboration.
  • Challenge prize - offer a cash prize for the winner of a competition.
  • Corporate venture capital - offer investments into startups that meet specific criteria.
  • Commercial incubators - set up a partnership with incubators to provide support in exchange for access to deal flow.
  • Internal incubators - set up an internal incubator and invite employees and partners to participate.
  • Strategic partnership - set up partner programs with accelerators, venture capitalists, and other groups to provide deal flow.
  • M&A program - set up a program for acquiring companies and onboarding into the corporation.

Consider augmenting your corporate venture fund with these tools and activities. 

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In this episode, Hall welcomes David Meltzer, CEO of David Meltzer Enterprises.

David is the Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire. Considered one of the top esports entrepreneurs and investors, David is also a three-time international best-selling author, a Top 100 Business Coach, and host of the top entrepreneur podcast, The Playbook.   

David is the Executive Producer of the Bloomberg and Amazon television series 2 Minute Drill and also is the executive producer of Entrepreneur’s #1 digital business show, Elevator Pitch. David is featured in many books, movies, and TV shows such as World’s Greatest Motivators, Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy and Beyond the Secret, airing on Netflix. Additionally, he has been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  

His life’s mission is to empower OVER 1 BILLION people to be happy! This simple yet powerful mission has led him on an incredible journey to provide one thing…VALUE. In all his content, and communication that’s exactly what you’ll receive. For the past 20 years, David has been providing free weekly trainings to empower others to be happy. 

David shares what led him to start working in the eSports space, what excites him now, and he advises both investors and startups. He discusses some of the challenges startups face and how he sees the industry evolving.

You can visit David at,, via LinkedIn at,, and via Twitter at

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