Underestimating the importance of investor pitching is one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make. Many argue that spending the time on product development is more effective than attending pitching and networking events. This understanding is very limiting for the startup.
Entrepreneurs, who fail to position their companies well in the local and global entrepreneurial ecosystems, are up for a challenge as they lower their competitive advantage. Networking events are the best way to put their companies out there, to increase their chances of receiving funding, reaching new potential customers and talent, building meaningful relationships, receiving feedback and so on. By refusing to participate, the entrepreneurs refuse to embrace an opportunity to grow.
Getting behind the perfect investor pitch is a long process that requires a lot of effort. To help you through the process of crafting the most effective investor pitch, here we’ve collected 10 blog posts that cover the essentials of pitching. This framework will give you the base knowledge you need to build on in order to put together the perfect pitch.
12 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Attend Pitching and Networking Events
Attending networking and pitching events plays a tremendous part in the lives of almost all entrepreneurs. Here we will leave aside the main and most obvious reasons why entrepreneurs should attend networking events and pitching events, such as:
Meeting with investors and having the enormous opportunity to present your startup in front of them and through great pitching to win funding for your company;
Meeting with fellow entrepreneurs to share ideas, expand your business network, find not only business partners but also friends and like-minded people.
There are many more benefits from attending pitching events and here you can find 12 of these reasons… continue here.
7 Books to Read before Pitching Investors
There are many things that the entrepreneurs should take under consideration when they prepare their pitch – the time frame, the audience, their goals, and especially they should be thinking about to whom they are pitching. Through practice and right preparation, perfection can be achieved. To help you get ready for your next pitching event, here you can find seven books that can be very useful to read before you pitch investors… continue here.
7 Udemy Courses to Help You Nail Your Next Investor Pitch
There are many things that successful entrepreneurs have in common and the long-life passion for learning is one of these important aspects of becoming really good at what they do. Entrepreneurs should never overlook the importance of improving their pitching skills, which is why here we’ve collected for you seven Udemy courses that will help absolute beginners and advanced founders to nail their next investor pitch… continue here.
The 5 Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck
The pitch deck has to be tastefully designed in order to help you achieve the desired results and to present your startup, business plan and even your company vision in the right way. There are many things that you should consider when you create pitch deck for your next pitch: the number of slides, their order, the length of text on each slide, the formatting, colors, included pictures and so on.
As the different pitch decks have a different purpose, they should be also structured according to the main goals of the pitch. But there are some slides that always should be part of your presentation. To help you nail your next pitch, here we have put a list of the top five slides that every pitch deck should have… continue here.
20 Questions Investors Ask Entrepreneurs at Pitching Events
All entrepreneurs must have a clear strategy and well-prepared action plan when it comes to pitching investors. Here is important to remember that investors have specific goals and look for specific traits of a company, which will define its potential and future success. The stake is high so the performance should be even higher. Investors will ask you many questions, which is a good sign – this means they are interested in you and your business. The way you respond to these questions will determine the outcome of the whole situation. So, to help you feel more prepared, here we have put together 20 questions, which you are most likely to be asked at every pitching event… continue here.
7 Phrases (+ one extra tip) That Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch
After years of studying startup pitches and receiving feedback from the investors we work with, we have come to the conclusion that there are certain phrases in a pitch that really hit the nail on the head. We have narrowed it down to the following 7 phrases (+ one extra tip) that work precisely well in a stage of a pitch competition like The Pitcher.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should use the exact phrase. It is important that you understand the reason why these phrases work and craft them according to your pitch style… continue here.
Changing Perspective: Pitching Through the Eyes of Investors
One of the key ingredients of a successful pitch is the right preparation, which always needs to include a research on the investors that you are going to pitch in front of. Knowing your audience is the key element of success – it gives you better chances of including the right elements in your pitch. Knowing what the investors look for is important, but of greater advantage will be to have a perspective on the way investors, in general, think about investing in startups… continue here.
5 Ways to Make Your Startup Irresistible to Investors
Raising funds for a starting company is not an easy task. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs start preparing themselves for this moment long before they actually need (or are ready) to start raising money. They know what it takes to build a company that is irresistible to the investors. Here we will boil down the most important steps and practical ways to follow if you want to make your startup irresistible to investors, to win their attention and keep their interest longer… continue here.
5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Funding for Your Startup
Even though there seems to be a pattern when it comes to defining the qualities and traits that investors look for in entrepreneurs, it is important to note that all of the investors have a unique approach, which they have built through the years of experience. Investors often point out the essential elements that they look for in a startup – the team, the market share, traction, the list goes on and on, – but you will rarely hear them say the thing that we all know they need to be sure of before they agree to write you a check – will this investment make them money!… continue here.
Three Reasons to Follow Up After Meeting with Investors
All entrepreneurs know that it is never easy to arrange a meeting with a prominent investor. This is why one of the biggest opportunities, which networking and pitching events present to all startup teams, precisely the opportunity to meet with notable investors, is good enough reason to attend as many of these events as you could.
Meeting investors requires specific preparations – the preparation of the presentation slides and the research on the investors are just two elements of the preparation process. But the work is not completely done after your pitch is done and the Q&A session completed. Many entrepreneurs overlook the importance of following up after a meeting with investors, which is why they never do that… continue here.