SCOTT BERNSTEIN

PRINCIPAL

Scott’s career has spanned portfolio management, product strategy, and product development across VC funds, large financial institutions, and early stage startups. Scott began his career in Chicago, working in private wealth management at Harris Bank before joining MainStreet Advisors, an investment advisory firm. He then became a Program Manager for Omnium, a spinout of Citadel Investment Group, where he led various internal product development initiatives and global hedge fund client implementations.

 

In 2012, Scott brought his technical and strategic expertise to the startup space, moving to St. Louis and joining Coolfire Solutions as a Product Strategy Manager. After building a reputation for helping startups scale, Scott was approached by tech accelerator Capital Innovators, one of the nation’s top 10 accelerators, to lead operations. Scott grew Capital Innovators’ network, led their startup recruitment and diligence process, and actively coached portfolio companies.

 

Subsequently, Scott partnered with Tom Hillman and Brian Hopcraft to launch Lewis & Clark Ventures, St. Louis’ first $100MM+ venture fund. At Lewis & Clark Ventures, Scott uses his expertise in investment analysis, marketplace strategy, and startup stewardship to drive capital deployment, advise portfolio companies, and develop larger fund strategy.

 

Scott received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Scott serves on the Arch Grants Competition Committee, and acts as a judge for several perennial Washington University in St. Louis startup competitions. Scott was named to the St. Louis Business Journal “40 Under 40” and actively participates on the boards of both Adarza BioSystems, a proteome focused biotech company, and OneSpace, a SaaS platform that facilitates freelance work at enterprise scale.