Success Stories


“I highly recommend Scott and his events. We went to our first VC Fast Pitch and have already connected with some great people with just the 1 minute pitch. Scott works with you, makes himself available, has incredible insights with great suggestions, and is genuinely interested in helping you.”
Jack Khayoyan, Ref Ratings March 22, 2019

“I made a pitch a Scott’s Fast Pitch events now twice. Both times, my experience has been the best. Well organized, to the point, combining the best coaching for entrepreneurs with world-class investors who open up to guide us entrepreneurs while seriously considering the opportunities.
The San Francisco VC Fast Pitch is the best pitch event I have ever attended. I recommend it. If you are an entrepreneur, follow Scott’s guidance and you might be ready for your dream to actually happen.”
Jorge Toro, Medinexo March 22, 2019

“Scott works tirelessly to bring together investors and entrepreneurs. Through his Fast Pitch event, we connected with a great vc who invested in our company.”
Richard Bronson, 70 Million Jobs March 7, 2019

“Scott is awesome. It is a pleasure to work with him. He is very smart, connected, and respected. He brings a lot of ideas and experience to the conversation and is pro-active when it comes to projects. We love working with Scott!”
John Vitti, MrktStar February 14, 2019

“Just attended Scott’s Orange County Investor event in Irvine, CA. What a great experience, not only was it valuable for the owners looking for financing but as a more casual observer, I was surprised how valuable it was for the education and networking. It was well worth the investment to attend and I am excited to use this information to prepare for my own funding efforts.”

“Scott Kelly is a well-connected, hard working fellow entrepreneur that any startup would appreciate having on its side. As one of the judges for his VC FastPitch conference I was very impressed with the event he put together. It featured the best collection of investors I’ve seen in Orange County, as well as dozens of interesting and well-qualified startups presenting. And Scott’s friendly hosting style put everybody in a good mood to share their expertise and knowledge. That takes serious organizational, people, and leadership skills and an awful lot of hustle, too. Thanks, Scott for working so hard to help startups.”
Scott Fox Startup Advisor & Exec, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Author, Deal-maker, Angel Investor July 15, 2018

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend your awesome OC Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference. The organization, venue and the quality and caliber of entrepreneurs and investors was terrific…everyone had ample opportunity to collaborate!

Keep up the good work…the entrepreneurial community needs all the help it can get from professionals like you and the conferences you manage!”
Michael Grimshaw Entrepreneur + Educator July 13, 2018

“When it comes to finding investors in your arena, Scott knows his stuff very well. Scott is easy to work with and gives great suggestions without making you feel that you should already know. If you are seeking funding, reach out to him or attend one of his events. He is definitely one to keep close as your business grows. Thank you Scott for all the help and advice you have given me. You are an awesome team member.”
Rick Narpaul Founder and CEO at Mach1 Services May 9, 2018

Scott is focused on delivering results. He helps startups get groomed and ready to present to investors. This was my first Black Dog event and I was impressed with how organized everything was. From the registration, communication, and attendees everything was seamless and geared toward helping people with similar goals connect. – Brian LaBlanc December 8, 2017, Brian was a client of Scott’s

Scott is a nice, personable and seasoned executive who has made it his passion to work with entrepreneurs of all sizes and aid them in growing their businesses via numerous services he provides including his Fast Pitch expos hosted across the country. I recently reached out to Scott in a time of need and he delivered! Within a few hours he had us in motion and within days he was able to assist in securing us funding.

I look forward to working with with Scott and Black Dog Ventures in the future and recommend entrepreneurs engage with him to learn about the options and services he can provide. – Jack Gaffney CEO, Co-Founder at Bad Kitty Inc. October 19, 2017, Jack was a client of Scott’s

Scott is one on the most thoughtful and thorough professionals I’ve had the chance to collaborate with. Because of his knowledge and business intelligence we were able to take an idea from concept to execution in a extremely short amount of time. The outcome was the launch of a three-part series that focuses on preparing your company for investors. It’s the first time we’ve offered a clear, non-academic path and learning process for our students and alums. The first session was a phenomenal success and we expect a high turnout for the next two sessions. I would highly recommend working Scott. – Orlando Harris Director at San Francisco State University September 28, 2017, Scott was a client of Orlando’s

“In 2016, we discovered Ron Babich- CEO of MobileLogix at Scott Kelly’s FundingPost Event. After a couple of weeks of understanding his space and his team we syndicated and closed a $2.2M round.” – David Paul, DWP Investments

“Scott Kelly is remarkable and immediately filled several critical roles upon joining More Bass as CRO and Marketing Director. Exceeded expectations would be the understatement of the year; Scott has already secured multiple key partnerships, helped to greatly refine the revenue model, developed a comprehensive marketing strategy, produced significant investment interest, and brought in highly qualified personnel to complete the management team. It’s not fair to just say I cannot recommend him enough. I personally cannot thank him enough. If he sees value in a start up, he will absolutely put every effort possible into ensuring it’s success. Black Dog Venture Partners are irreplaceable assets, and everyone at More Bass is extremely fortunate that Scott and his team share the same vision as we do, and have done so much already. Please consider Scott and Black Dog Venture Partners for your start up needs. You will not be disappointed.”  December 29, 2016 Scott Weber More Bass CEO

“Scott is a catalyst of business development and a keen architect of beneficial partnerships. The man is impressive, and the DUUL team is incredibly happy to have him on board.” April 22, 2016, Gabriel D. Kruse Founder and CEO of DUUL

“I have enjoyed working with Scott tremendously. He is a kinetic leader. When he says he will do something, he does it. His heart and mind are all in the right place and he is a great person with which to do business” February 11, 2016, Eric Dobson CEO Angel Capital Group

“Scott Kelly and the entire team at BlackDog are simply amazing! This month with all the Super Bowl events going on in AZ, he was instrumental in bringing media to our Super Kid Honors event hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete benefiting Autism Speaks and HollyRod Foundation. Holly said it best when she referred to Scott as the man who knows this entire townl! I highly recommend Scott for any assistance you might need from brainstorming to promotion and social media. His work is thorough and professional. Thank you, Scott.” January  31, 2015. Amy Hummell Executive Director Autism Speaks of Arizona

“Scott Kelly and his team delivered fantastic results for the first Arizona Sports Fan Expo. Scott was easy to work with, readily accessible and offered great advice. He was personally attentive to every detail of the project and the objectives of my company. His team was very professional and fun to work with. Black Dog Promotions got things done quickly and their contacts were impressive. I will certainly be hiring Scott and Black Dog Promotions again and recommend them to any one looking to promote event and generate extraordinary publicity ” July 11, 2014. Susan Ratliff President Susan Ratliff Presents

“Scott is a dynamic professional who is extremely committed to exceeding each client’s expectations. Scott is also extremely selfless and active with supporting various local charities. There is not enough positive feedback that I can provide regarding Scott. If you and your business are seeking a creative and talented PR and marketing professional, I highly recommend that you contact Scott.” June 21, 2014  Jason Bressler Pro Athletes Chamber of Commerce

“Scott has that rare ability to mix vision with an actionable game plan. He is easy to work with and his team delivers on the promise! Do yourself a favor and hire Black Dog Promotions today!” March 25, 2013 Ty Page Program Director at Grand Canyon Council, Boy Scouts of America

“Scott has been instrumental with helping our Social media team not only drive numbers but also quality engagement. I enjoy working with Scott and his team as he delivers… Great job Scott.” April 11, 2013 Lea Haben CEO at

“Scott visited my Public Relations class at Mesa Community College and did an outstanding job delivering real world knowledge and advise. My students are still talking about his views and expertise on the changing role of PR given the climate of Social Media. He has a wealth of experience to share and is able to connect well to a diverse student body.” October 6, 2012 Kimberly Devery, Business Dept. Adjunct Faculty, Mesa Community College

“Scott is one of those rare individuals who actually does what he says he’s going to do! Our results, in both Social Media gains, and new client acquisition in the past 3 months has been very impressive as a result of Scott and his staff’s efforts. Scott sees the “big picture” but also understands the need to accomplish the everyday tasks necessary to reach all of our goals. I am happy to endorse Scott and Black Dog Promotions!” August 31, 2012 Fred Mercaldo, Managing Partner Cities Planet

“Not only is Scott Kelly an expert in his field of marketing and social media management, but he has integrity and dedication to his clients. He has always come through for Raven Events with everything he committed to do regarding projects we have partnered on. I highly recommend him and his company, Black Dog Promotions if you want to propel your business forward and increase your revenue. Scott Kelly is the kind of business person you want on your side!” June 14, 2012 Raven Valdes, Founder & CEO, Raven Events, LLC

“Scott has found an extremely effective way to generate buzz and press for products, events and services that really helped put my organization and myself (as an actor/performer/speaker) on the map. If you want great results from a company that knows what they are doing, can give you some highly creative ways to do what you’re doing and do it with integrity, I recommend Scott and Black Dog to do it.” May 7, 2012 Tank Jones, Founder Choices Educational Empowerment

“Scott is an extremely energetic and creative business person. His knowledge runs deep in all the topics we’ve explored together. He has an amazing talent for quickly getting to the actionable items in a brainstormed list. He’s tactful in dismissing time wasting notions. Scott is a creative problem solver, who’s skills and acumen lead to great results.” March 6, 2012 Bruce Tarbet, International Sportsmen’s Expositions

“Scott was a great asset us at SocialMediaAZ (SMAZ) running the PR team and getting us maximum visibility for our event. I’d recommend Scott and plan on working with him on future projects.” April 9, 2011 Fred von Graf, Founder Social Media AZ

“The Kyrene Foundation has been lucky to connect with Scott Kelly. As a parent in our district he has lent his expertise to our Foundation and increased awareness of our projects and events tremendously. We are very thankful for all his time and contributions.” April 7, 2011 Nancy Dudenhoefer, Community Relations Manager, Kyrene School District

“We have five consumer events in five states, have been in business since 1975 and each year work with more than 1000 companies in the outdoor-sports industry, bringing them nearly 150,000 qualified consumers for face-to-face sales opportunity. Getting the word out is essential. In addition to advertising, we increasingly fuse publicity and promotions with social media.

This year we selected Scott Kelly of Black Dog Promotions to handle publicity for our Arizona event. Scott is the most responsive, connected, aggressive, hardest-working, informed and, it appears, successful publicity person I’ve ever worked with in more than a decade.

However, it’s hugely inaccurate to limit him to PR. He’s a promotional force of nature—that’s a very, very good thing. Never in our Phoenix show’s history have we had so much pre-show PR or as much PR lined up for the show this early.

I not only hope to work with Scott in Phoenix, but other markets next year. He’s that good, and a blast to work with, too.” February 17, 2011 John Kirk, International Sportsmen’s Expositions

“Scott gets it done!

We had our second interview with him December 22nd, 2010 and phoned him later that evening to inform him that we would be hiring Black Dog Promotions to manage our PR. The next day he called me to schedule a TV interview with Fox News.

He has officially been on our clock for 19 days and has already landed us 3 Arizona TV spots. We have a fourth tomorrow and an interview with the AZ Republic a few days after that. He has about 3-4 other opportunities about to jump on.

The great thing about all this PR is he followed the news, found a niche related to our industry that would drive interest, and he jumped on it. He is creating opportunity where most would struggle to think outside the box.

In the short time I have known and worked with him, I am impressed and would be happy to speak with anyone considering Scott Kelly and Black Dog Promotions for PR services. January 19, 2011
Robert Page VP of Operations and Co-Owner MedToGo International

“Scott delivers. If you are looking to get PR exposure for a client, social media marketing hits and and foot traffic to boot, hire Scott. He has relationships with media and expertise that are some of the best I have ever come across. He was also a pleasure to work with!” June 28, 2010 Rachel Van Nortwick, Director of Marketing and Events, Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson