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5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer'

5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer' | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Jennifer McRea has changed how people think about fundraising for causes that matter.

If you want to change the world for the better, it’s going to take a lot of money. However, according to philanthropist Jennifer McCrea, money should never be at the center of what you do.

McCrea, who has been called “the billionaire whisperer,” has partnered with philanthropists and nonprofit leaders for more than 27 years to raise resources to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. She is also a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, where she teaches a course on Exponential Fundraising.

During my recent talk with McCrea, one thing was strikingly clear -- she is passionate about creating a better world. In her work, she has shifted the way we look at fundraising and philanthropy and the lessons she gives are relevant to us all. Read more: click image or title.

 

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The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice

The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Over the past 10 years I’ve been on the first cap tables of three startups for which I’ve been responsible for closing their capital-raising efforts. I’ve been in over 200 investor meetings as part of the operating team, and have raised money from the smallest angel investor to the biggest European VC funds and some of the world’s largest corporate investors.

My present role as head of corporate development at Founders Factory has me on the other side of the table, assessing the materials and pitches of many early-stage startups, as well as running the internal Founders Factory program designed to assist our cohort close out their next round of financing. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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About the magic of delivering a great pitch.

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What To Do When Your Fundraising Is Not Going Well - Techstars

What To Do When Your Fundraising Is Not Going Well - Techstars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

One of the worst things that can happen to a CEO of an early-stage company is to be in the state of perpetual fundraising.

Here is how you can tell that it may be happening to you:

  1. You have been fundraising for a while
  2. You are fundraising and running the business at the same time
  3. You don’t have strong interest from investors
  4. Investors aren’t engaged / don’t ask a ton of questions
  5. Investors keep telling you it’s early / to keep them posted

The list can go on, but you get the point.

You are wasting your time because you aren’t prepared and the timing is likely off.

Please go and read my popular post about 9 seed funding gotchasand I will be right here when you come back.

So what can you do?

Here are some things for you to consider to help the situation.

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A description of the #funding process with great advice.

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The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality

The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Finding funding as a startup can be a scavenger hunt, with nuggets of information hidden by bureaucracy and scattered across the Internet.

You’ve got a brilliant, multimillion-dollar business idea and want to start a startup. Great! … Uh, now what?

To steal a joke from a 1998 South Park episode, the void between ideation and value creation often looks like: Phase 1 — Start company. Phase 2 — ?????. Phase 3 — Profit!

How startups develop the second, mystery phase depends on how strong their resolve to raise cash is, how developed their contact network is and how much risk they’re willing to take. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com


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This article in the Montrealgazette is written for the Quebec #startup community, but it accurately describes the #funding process and a variety of options #founders have when looking for money.

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7 Amazing Ways To Get Your Startup Funded | StartUs Magazine

7 Amazing Ways To Get Your Startup Funded | StartUs Magazine | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Having trouble getting your startup funded? Follow these 7 easy steps and see for yourself how every investor will want to work with you.

If only there was a magic formula that would get your business started right away! Unfortunately, there is no such thing and if you are thinking about opening your own startup, you are in for one long, sometimes tiring process!

They say that good things come to those who wait. Actually, good things come to those who work day-to-night and bring their passion into everything they are do. Then again, isn’t this the beauty of this whole journey? As overwhelming as the road might feel, there is no greater accomplishment, than knowing that you have managed to complete it.

Now, even if we are unable to give you that drop of magic, we can provide you with some advice on how to find funding for your startup. There are so many options of doing it that for an inexperienced person, it may seem both confusing and overwhelming. Read more: click image or title.

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

 

 

 

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Rethinking The Accelerator: What You’ll Achieve At 500 Startups

Rethinking The Accelerator: What You’ll Achieve At 500 Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Before Avanoo arrived at 500, they were making about $2,000 a month selling self-help videos. But after a spell of stardom on Reddit, their social marketing channels had pretty much dried up. As cofounder Daniel Jacobs put it, “you can only do so many #1 posts before the Reddit people want to throw pitchforks at you.”

They had a plan to move from consumer to B2B and pivot from self-help into ongoing employee education for large corporations, but they were having trouble starting conversations with the execs they needed to reach. That’s when Jacobs and his cofounder got accepted to Batch 12. Less than six months later, Avanoo was an enterprise company worth $15M.

Avanoo’s success wasn’t about changing anything about their product or their plan. It was about taking the success they had already achieved and compounding it through rapid iteration, pushing forward through every failure: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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"We want to help more companies in that same way, and that’s why we’ve recently re-oriented the #accelerator around #growth. We’re working with companies ready to #scale rather than focusing on companies in the pre-product or idea stage. And we’re modifying our accelerator schedule to cultivate more intense, productive relationships between companies and their growth coaches."

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What Startup Accelerators Really Do

What Startup Accelerators Really Do | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Here’s what we know.

The well-advertised boom in startups and venture capital in recent years has coincided with the emergence of new players in startup ecosystems. One of these, startup accelerators, has received a great deal of attention but also little scrutiny. Moreover, they are commonly misunderstood or mistakenly lumped in with other institutions supporting early-stage startups, such as incubators, angel investors, and early-stage venture capitalists.

In a recent analysis published by the Brookings Institution, I tackle some of the confusion around startup accelerators by laying out a clearer picture of what they do, and how they differ from other early-stage institutions. I also provide a review of the research literature on the effectiveness of accelerators to achieve their stated aims, some best practices for accelerator programs, and some figures on the size, scope, and impact of these organizations in the United States.

Accelerators are playing an increasing role in startup communities throughout the United States and beyond. Early evidence demonstrates the significant potential of accelerators to improve startups’ outcomes, and for these benefits to spill over into the broader startup community. However, the measurable impact accelerators have on performance varies widely among programs — not all accelerators are created equally. Quality matters. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Get clear on #accelerators, are they for you?

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10 Answers That Will Make Your Startup Plan Worthy of Investment

10 Answers That Will Make Your Startup Plan Worthy of Investment | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Having all the answers when you pitch investors will lead them to ask only one question: ""How soon can I sign up?"

Entrepreneurs who are looking to attract investors need to develop and pitch a plan -- preferably written -- that answers every potential investor question about your startup before it is asked. You may be quick on your feet with answers, but if investors have to ask any of these questions, you raise the specter of hiding something, or of not being astute enough to know what’s important.

Either of these qualms can ultimately sidetrack your startup as not worthy of investment, so it pays to do your homework on what you say and how to communicate effectively. As a startup advisor and investor, I recommend a pitch deck with about 10 slides backed up with a written business plan of approximately 20 pages, both containing quantified answers to the following key questions. Read more: click image or title.



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Brief overview of how to prepare your #investor #pitch.



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Top Three Pitch Presentation Tips for Tech Startups

Top Three Pitch Presentation Tips for Tech Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

You’re standing in the hallway with a group of fellow entrepreneurs; everyone is nervous, yet pretending not to be.

In the room next door, 400 people sit awaiting your appearance on the main stage. You are sixth in the line to give a two-minute pitch to the 800 eyeballs looking in your direction.

Do you have a clicker for the PowerPoint? Are you ready for the Q&A section afterwards? Should you rely on your note cards or try to do it from memory?

Just to add to your nerves, your phone is buzzing in your pocket. Will you check it now, or might it throw you off? Wait..where is the closest bathroom???



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How do you get yourself under control before delivering your #pitch to an audience? Here are some interesting tips. I especially like 3.

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4 Signs Your Start-Up Needs an Exit Plan

4 Signs Your Start-Up Needs an Exit Plan | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Ready to kiss your start-up goodbye? VC principal Geoff Lewis offers four ways to tell if you're prime for the picking.

Exit strategies are rarely mentioned by start-ups, yet they are something every business owner needs if they hope to be acquired, said Geoff Lewis, principal at Founders Fund, a venture capital firm.

Speaking Tuesday at Internet Week in New York, he explained, "entrepreneurs and VCs don't often talk too candidly about how to think about getting acquired, because the best start-ups don't actually sell. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of start-ups will not IPO, and most start-ups are also not suicidal. They do not want to die. Start-ups do not want to go off into the night with no exit whatsoever." 

There might not be an incentive to plan, as there's nothing to gain for investors, but entrepreneurs don't want to risk running their company into the ground before the deal has been finalized. 

Here are four ways to tell if your company needs a makeover before you try to offload it: Read more: click image or title.


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Ready to quit? Time to look at #exit strategies.

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4 Things You Need To Attract Venture Capital Firms 

4 Things You Need To Attract Venture Capital Firms  | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

With the striking advances in technological innovation in India, the venture capital market is becoming increasingly competitive. Ensure that you put your best foot forward to convince an investor. Otherwise, you might miss out on golden opportunities. Research shows that out of 100 startups, only two or three are able to make it to the next level. So if you are aiming for venture capital firms in India, you must start with the right set of things.
 
Knowing how to raise capital in India is critical as the market is so huge that there is enough chance of losing potential investors. Here are a few simple tips that can make it easier for you to attract venture capitalists.


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Approaching #VentureCapital companies is a challenge. Preparing the right way will increase your chances. This article offers some great insight.

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How to get your project funded, some advice and ideas

How to get your project funded, some advice and ideas | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Funding multi million dollar projects is a serious matter. Having a great idea is just a start.
Here are a few steps to follow:

Have a set of quality documents ready for the funding process, first of all you need a good teaser, this is a brief description of what you are looking for: Do you want equity or debt or a combination? How much are you looking for? What type of project do you have? What country is your project in? Just remember, this is like an elevator pitch, you only have a few seconds to catch the attention. Make a good title and put all of the important information in that title or first sentence. The rest of the paragraph is a description with a few more details and contact information. Read more: click image or title.





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Dealing with this on a daily basis is frustrating. It triggered me to write this brief article on what matters when looking for #funding.

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$7.3 billion invested in Indian startups in three quarters of 2015

$7.3 billion invested in Indian startups in three quarters of 2015 | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

In the past nine months, angel investors and venture capitalists have been active. Between Jan-Sept 2015, $7.3 billion has been invested across 639 deals.

Is the number of startups being funded in India enough for the country’s ambition?

While the highest number of deals for a given month in India was 99, in the US there were 1200 deals in Q2 of 2015. According to PwC and National Venture Capital Association historical data, in Q3 2015 there was a dip in terms of the number of companies being funded in the US, though the invested dollar amount didn’t take that much hit.

And in the US, the amount invested in Q2 2015 was the highest since Q4 of 2000. Q3 2015 was down by 5 percent in terms of money poured in startups in early and late stage deals. Read more: click image or title.



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#India is moving up in the #startup world. Even Modi sees the potential, as stated in the article.

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All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered

All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Start-up fundraising is hard. Despite ubiquitous headlines about unicorn valuations and how it’s never been easier to raise money in Silicon Valley, the process of raising capital can be grueling, unpredictable, and non-transparent. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, I sat down with my partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs have about fundraising today. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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These guys live and breathe #funding of #startups, interesting conversation, directly from the insiders.

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Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them

Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Starting a business that would one day go on to achieve a gross transaction value of £450m and net revenue of £25m around the time of the dot.com boom, entrepreneur Dale Murray has a story with as many twists and turns as a Stephen King thriller. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A couple great stories from a #startup #entrepreneur successfully navigating the pitfalls.

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Inside the boot camp that teaches startup founders how to raise millions of dollars

Inside the boot camp that teaches startup founders how to raise millions of dollars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
First Round's Pitch Assist program helps startups raise their funding.

Dennis Pilarinos was frustrated and a little "pissed off" after his first day in a special program that teaches startup CEOs the delicate art of raising money.

The CEO of Buddybuild was eager to go deep into the specifics of his company, but he was told he was doing it all wrong. Instead, he was instructed to focus on what he considered big-picture platitudes.

"I was completely wrong," acknowledges Pilarinos, who now credits the program with helping him raise more than $7.4 million in two weeks for his startup. Read more: click image or title.

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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#VC's are teaching their #startup #founders how to raise funds for the next round.

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5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital

5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
The founder's primary job is stretching those first funds to afford a team, a prototype and a marketing plan.

One of my favorite consulting services is advising founders on how to build their startups.

I work with a founder who knows what problem he wants his startup to solve and asked for advice on how to work with potential investors to raise capital.

He has persuaded some investors to write checks and as the money rolls into his bank account, he is turning his attention to using that capital most effectively.

Based on the hundreds of entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the seven in whom I've invested, I know that there are plenty of traps to avoid at this stage. Among the most dangerous is a founder's desire to build what he believes to be the perfect product. But what if he spends every waking moment coding, only to realize that all his seed capital is gone and his startup has no paying customers?

 Here are five steps that founders should take to make sure they turn their seed capital into a paying customer. Read more: click image or title.
 

 

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4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors

4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Investment decisions are supposed to be based on rational analysis. But don't discount the power of a compelling narrative to engage a funder emotionally.

Like many technology entrepreneurs, I'm more comfortable with logic than storytelling. But entrepreneurs need to be able to tell an engaging story to attract capital and advice from investors.

The gap between many entrepreneurs' weak storytelling skills and the high demand for that ability is so often seen that one venture-capital firm, Greylock Partners, hired Elisa Schreiber, a marketing partner to help the firm's entrepreneurs to tell their stories more effectively.

As she wrote in Fortune, "I work closely with entrepreneurs to help them shape their company’s communications strategies. No matter the sector, I have found that the organizations who effectively tell their stories are the ones who can recruit the top talent, acquire long-term customers, and build brands that endure." Read more: click image or title.

 

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Packaging your #funding request is not just about numbers. You're dealing with humans who have emotions. Tell a great #story.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 19, 12:48 PM

Just yesterday I finished putting together a storytelling program for startups to create their pitch deck. Lots of specific stories are needed in order to create a winning pitch to venture capitalists.

 

Then today this post pops up on my screen. Talk about serendipity! What I like about the article are the 4 story types that a startup can take. Each startup story is unique, yet typically falls into one of these 4 story types.

 

What I don't like about the article is that the original title is "4 Keys To Crafting A Winning Startup Story". It sounds like you are going to get tips for crafting your startup story. The article isn't about that, but it does lay out the 4 types very well.

 

If your are struggling with your startup story, this post will definitely help you. Which story type fits you best?

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How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors

How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Check out these different ways to raise money for your startup idea.

Trying to generate funds for your new business idea, especially an attempt to raise money online, is fiercely competitive and can easily become discouraging -- if you let it. But as we all know, the most tenacious and driven entrepreneurs are most likely to succeed.

Approaching VCs and angel investors with your pitch is one way to get funded, but what's the next step if it's not panning out? Check out these 3 ways to raise money without begging investors to give you a shot. Read more: click image or title.

 

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This #ounder is sharing some great experience for the #funding process.

 

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This #ounder is sharing some great experience for the #funding process.

 

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Tools Required To Raise Venture capital

Tools Required To Raise Venture capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Capital raising is an important chapter in almost every entrepreneur’s life. To turn the dream business idea into reality, entrepreneurs try out various tools to raise capital for their startups although the capital raised is often not enough to support complete growth and expansion. This results in the need for further rounds of financing. However, Venture capital is one such source which can provide the entrepreneurs with the maximum amount of capital though raising venture capital is the toughest job for the entrepreneurs. There are many things that the entrepreneurs need to take care of while venture capital raising and these are nothing but the fundamental tools to raise capital. The first and the most important thing is, to decide what you want and how much you want.


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#VentureCapital is the most difficult way to #fundraising. Find some good tips in this article.

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10 key pitching tips for future success... - Tech2Brand

10 key pitching tips for future success... - Tech2Brand | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Over the next 12 months, many start-ups will be involved in high pressure 'pitching' competitions, here are my 10 key tips for succeeding when you next compete.

As a start-up, over the next 12 months, you will be involved in high pressure ‘pitch’ competitions, Whether your pitch needs to be 1 minute, 5 minutes or 20 minutes, it is crucial that you get it right ‘first time’ if you want to succeed.

Having been a judge on numerous competitions, I have seen many pitches fail, not because the tech wasn’t right, but due to small errors occurring (eg. pitch running over time, videos not working on the day, formatting on the slides different to what was originally submitted).  Unfortunately, these small inconveniences, can be THE difference between success and failure on the day.

To ensure that you don’t make the same mistake as others before you, please find detailed below 10 key ‘pitching tips’ for future success:

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Never done an #investor #pitch before? Take a look at these tips. Good advice.

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What Investors Want - Visible.vc

What Investors Want - Visible.vc | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Figuring out what a VC investor wants is crucial for the success of your startup fundraising round.

With the number of places available to gather information on how VCs invest – Mattermark and CB Insights on the paid side, Crunchbase and Angelllist for the burn conscious – it is no longer difficult to understand who you should be trying to raise money from.

Want to know who most prolific early stage FinTech investors are, for example? LMGTFY…the first result from CB Insights gives you a good starting point. Great! So it looks like 500Startups is very active in the space but they are a big firm, who should I be reaching out to there? Well…a second Google search might lead to something like this. Read more: click image or title.



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How to approach the right #investor or #VC.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 23, 5:35 PM

Learn about the mindset of #VC's and how to approach them.

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Pitch, Please: 14 Must-Read Pitch Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Know

Pitch, Please: 14 Must-Read Pitch Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Know | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

A few reasons you won’t raise money:

  1. Your business isn’t the right fit for VC (which is totally OK!)
  2. You business could be interesting to VC, but you have nothing yet. Stop pitching, and focus on building a solid business that solves a big problem, getting customers, and assembling a great team.
  3. You’re not talking to the right investors, or you may live in a city without a mature ecosystem that supports early stage companies, or…..
  4. Your pitch sucks, and you can’t tell your story on stage or on the fly.  

I can help with the last one.

Building a great business is more important than a great pitch, but if you don’t know how to tell your story, you probably don’t understand what is most interesting about your business. This problem affects more than just fundraising.

The hardest part about pitching is that it’s not about you. It’s a delicate balance between being authentically who you are, but more so focusing on what is important to your audience. This is what I help founders understand. Read more: click image or title.



Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

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Another great article on how to pitch and the reasons VC's want to see to #finance you.

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How To Craft A Concise Pitch Investors Will Care About

How To Craft A Concise Pitch Investors Will Care About | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Over the course of many years working in venture capital and the video game business, I’ve listened to hundreds of pitches for new companies and products. After almost every one of those pitches, once the entrepreneur has left the room, a post-game review ensues. There are consistent patterns in those discussions; aspiring entrepreneurs, pay attention.

The first and most important element of your presentation is not a slide: it’s you. Most investors base their decisions on the passion, charisma and clarity of the founder and the rest of the senior team. If you don’t demonstrate true fervor for your idea and opportunity, don’t expect anyone else to, either. Beyond that here’s what you should consider when crafting your pitch. Read more: click image or title.





Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

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This is it: the perfect description of what a good #InvestorPitch should be like. DO READ THIS if you are in the market. Read it anyways, there is a lot to learn here. Everyone has to sell something, and the ideas explained here will apply. Highly recommended.

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ventureLAB's curator insight, December 8, 2015 3:29 PM

via Marc Kneepkens's insight:

This is it: the perfect description of what a good #InvestorPitch should be like. DO READ THIS if you are in the market. Read it anyways, there is a lot to learn here. Everyone has to sell something, and the ideas explained here will apply. Highly recommended.

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How To Close A Funding Round

How To Close A Funding Round | Pitch it! | Scoop.it


The following question was posted on my forum the other day and is something I get asked frequently. Here is the question followed by my answer:

Question

I am currently in the process of trying to close a funding round. I have investors who are willing to commit today and others awaiting advanced assurance for the Seed Enterprise Investor Scheme (SEIS). What is the best way of closing this round? Do I need to wait for everyone to be committted before i accept money from investors? 

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Great overview on how to finalize a #fundinground

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