The best thing you can do to nail an investor pitch is to learn how the process works and be prepared. Since you don’t know what to expect until you’ve tried it a few times, you can minimize missteps by learning from the advice (and mistakes) of others. Here are some frequently-asked questions on pitching an idea to investors.
Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is essential.
You’ve got a great business idea, so now all you need is a great pitch, right? No need to spend time on a business plan, just put together a few slides and a five to ten minute speech and investors will be throwing money at you. Think again. A great pitch is important, everyone agrees [...]
Bill Payne had a nice post on gust.com late last month titled Using your business plan, in which he lists the different forms or outputs people confuse with a business plan and sets each one into the proper use context. He defines the elevator pitch, video pitch, executive summary, PowerPoint presentation, and business plan as [...]
Could you describe your company in 60 seconds? They call it the elevator speech, or elevator pitch, and it’s a good exercise. I was there last Thursday to hear these two pitches, two of the best from 16 one-minute pitches at the University of Oregon’s New Venture Championship. These are good examples of classic elevator [...]
Hone that elevator pitch, and it’s good for you–and maybe good for your business, too. British Airways is offering 250 winners free trips and some special event invitations, and the three top winners get to present their pitch to a celebrity panel. The overall winner gets airfare for 10 round-trip Club World flights. If you [...]
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Consider yourself one of the first to know about the new Bplans.com pitch site at pitch.bplans.com. That means you can be one of the first to pitch and one of the first to get posted. No, it’s not about putting your business in front of investors, although maybe it could be partly related to that. [...]
I found out later she really didn’t want to do it. Clover Earl (second from left in the picture below) so much didn’t want to that she actually went back to the registration and took her business card out of the basket. She smiled and said “No, not ready.” But there was a chance to [...]
I’ve been listening to a series of investment pitches lately, most as parts of local contest events related to angel investment. As a reaction to several of these, I have a plea: Please, start by telling me a story. Seriously. Start with the story of a person who has a problem, and how your company [...]