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Startup Fundraising: The Executive Summary

Startup Fundraising: The Executive Summary | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

As you prepare for your startup fundraising effort, you need to master the Executive Summary, Presentation and Financial Model before you can present.

The Executive Summary, Presentation and Financial Model are your marketing collateral to sell your product. You’ll build a funnel of prospects, requiring both research and introductions.

The goal is to create competitive term sheets, from multiple investors, for your growth capital. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Some basics you need to have before #raising any kind of #funding.

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How To Create A Great Investor Pitch Deck For Startups Seeking Financing

How To Create A Great Investor Pitch Deck For Startups Seeking Financing | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Pitching to investors can be tough, so it’s important to nail your presentation. Learn do’s and don’ts for an investor pitch deck as well as the most important elements it must include.
Startups frequently prepare a “pitch deck” to present their company to prospective angel or venture capital investors. The pitch deck typically consists of 15-20 slides in a PowerPoint presentation and is intended to showcase the company’s products, technology, and team to the investors.

Raising capital from investors is difficult and time consuming. Therefore, it’s crucial that a startup absolutely nails its investor pitch deck and articulates a compelling and interesting story.

In this article, I provide important advice for creating a strong, thorough, and engaging investor pitch deck, along with guidance on presenting to angel and venture capital investors. I also provide links to sample pitch decks you can check out for reference as you begin the process of building your own. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The ABC's of creating a #PitchDeck for #Startups.

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Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M

Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
A collection of real pitch decks from real startups. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million. Use these pitch deck examples for inspiration.

 

 

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Great examples from #pitch #decks that produced real #funding

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Modi government to provide launchpad for disruptive ideas: Startup Act in works - The Economic Times

Modi government to provide launchpad for disruptive ideas: Startup Act in works - The Economic Times | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
At the heart of the initiative is distilling the cumbersome process of compliances under 22 different laws into a two-page Startup Act.
NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government wants to provide a powerful launchpad for startups by drastically simplifying the rules and ensuring that innovators are able to take advantage of such an enabling environment, thus unleashing entrepreneurial energiesBSE 1.29 % and creating jobs.

At the heart of the initiative is distilling the cumbersome process of compliances under 22 different laws into a two-page Startup Act, a senior government official told ET. The Department of Industri ..


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#India has big #startup ambitions. Government support will definitely be of great help.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs

What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

At Greylock, my partners and I are driven by one guiding mission: always help entrepreneurs. It doesn’t matter whether an entrepreneur is in our portfolio, whether we’re considering an investment, or whether we’re casually meeting for the first time.

Entrepreneurs often ask me for help with their financing decks. Because we value integrity and confidentiality at Greylock, we never share an entrepreneur’s pitch deck with others. What I’ve honorably been able to do, however, is share the deck I used to pitch LinkedIn to Greylock for a Series B investment back in 2004.

This past May was the 10th anniversary of LinkedIn, and while reflecting on my entrepreneurial journey, I realized that no one gets to see the presentation decks for successful companies. This gave me an idea: I could help many more entrepreneurs by making the deck available not just to the Greylock network of entrepreneurs, but to everyone.

And so today I’ve published LinkedIn’s Series B deck on my personal website. There are three thematic emphases:

  • how entrepreneurs should approach the pitching process
  • the evolution of LinkedIn as a company
  • the consumer internet landscape in 2004 vs. today

To help you figure out what aspects of the pitching process you’d like to understand better, I’ve summarized seven prevalent myths below, which I address more deeply in the full presentation.

1.
MYTH: The startup financing process is about one thing — money.
TRUTH: A successful financing process results in a partnership that delivers benefits beyond just money.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 17, 2013 1:43 PM

Great information. Please read the article first, then have a peek at the complete information of the Linkedin pitch to Greylock. Interesting material. Much to learn here.

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Successfully Delivering Your Story: The Ultimate Startup Investor Pitch Deck

Successfully Delivering Your Story: The Ultimate Startup Investor Pitch Deck | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

After 14+ years of writing hundreds of investor pitches that raised hundreds of millions of dollars — here’s the winning formula! When you see about 50 pitch decks a week over 14 years, you see A LOT of repeat mistakes. And when you fix these decks, you see many successes.

People ask me: “How many slides should the deck have?” Or they’re sticking to a template that forces them into something that just doesn’t work.

So is there one “right” way to do a pitch deck? I think so! But if everyone uses the same method, won’t they all look the same? The answer is a resounding no! Read more: click image or title.

 

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Excellent article on how to weave your 'story' in your pitch deck and all elements of your presentation.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 4, 2017 1:30 PM

What a great pitch deck that follows the structure of a story!

 

We've known for quite awhile that when pitching your company to funders, you've got to tell your story -- of the problem, solution, your biz plan, benefits, etc.

 

But how do you put it all together using narrative structure? Well, here's your easy to follow guide. After reviewing dozens of these over the years, this one will definitely work for you and bring in those bucks (as long as your product, solution, benefits are spot on).

 

Happy fundraising...

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Let’s face it, it’s time to upgrade the Pitch Deck to a Pitch Video

Let’s face it, it’s time to upgrade the Pitch Deck to a Pitch Video | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

When founders get connected to investors, they are often asked to send the deck ahead of the meeting. We’ve written here why sending the decks, especially before the first meeting, is generally not a good idea.

Startup founders cannot be defined by their decks.

The main issue with a pitch deck is that it is subject to misinterpretation. Investors get a lot of decks and they tend to skim and glance over them.

The founders aren’t able to tell their story, because they aren’t present.

The second issue with decks is that it is hard to capture the passion and the personality of the founders. Sure, a deck can have a creative design, but that’s not the same as hearing the founder talk about the business.

The third issue is that decks are flat.

Decks are just text.

In a world where everything is video/3D, the investor pitch decks are still bits of flat text.

What if, instead of sending a deck, the founders sent a 3-4 minute video walking the investor through the deck?

Having the founder narrate the deck seems like a simple idea that should solve for all the issues above. That’s why we are encouraging the founders in our Techstars NYC Summer 2016 class to do just that.

Let’s take a look at how it turned out. Compare going through this pitch deck from LeBlum: Read more: click image or title.

 

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11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Like most VCs, we see dozens of deals each week. We've developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that don't fit our general investment..

The deals that survive this initial culling process are subjected to much greater scrutiny and due diligence. This process includes a thorough review of the deck, financial statements and projections; discussions with the founders, customers and other investors; and a review of third-party information relevant to the company, its product and industry. Companies are eliminated from further consideration during various stages of this process and, in the end, we ultimately invest in a small percentage of the deals we review. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Lots to learn form a list of reasons for NOT getting funded.

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How to prepare a startup pitch deck for Demo Day? (500 Startups Style)

How to prepare a startup pitch deck for Demo Day? (500 Startups Style) | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

My approach to presentations has always related significantly to storytelling: telling a good and exciting story that creates an impact in your audience, both in their minds as in their hearts. This is now combined with the input from the 500 Startups team as we went through the program. To check this slide presentation, click on the image, then start by clicking on the arrows.




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Nice way to make #SlideDecks. Very visual, clear and simple.

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