Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

This is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching SeriesIn this post we’ll go over advanced-level (301) techniques. The one (maybe two) number rule.

Startup Pitching 201

Paul G. Silva

This is the 2nd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. So simplify your pitch. If your product solves 10 pain points then in the pitch focus on the top 2-3 most important ones and simply hint at the others. You can take the same concept and apply it to your pitch.

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Startup Pitching 101

Paul G. Silva

Multi-person pitches add complexity that almost always leads to people going over time, stepping on each other, or confusing the audience. Most of the time it is simply to get another, longer “date” with the people you are pitching to.

Startup Pitching Checklist

Paul G. Silva

This is the checklist / boil down of the techniques listed in the pior 3 posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. After you complete a draft of your pitch, go over this list to make sure you’ve applied as many of the techniques as possible. One rehearsed presenter – Pick one person to deliver your presentation, don’t tag team your pitches. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series.

When You Pitch, Focus on Your Essence

GAN

I heard an EdTech startup pitching to GAN Ventures do this recently, too. You can’t expect just to show up and give a pitch that’s simple and coherent. But, coming up with that 30-second pitch doesn’t just happen.

Pitch me!

This is going to be BIG.

It''s a co-working space full of creatives and freelancers, most of whom who have never pitched an investor, and probably never seen a startup pitch either. The first question I always get, which I find endlessly hilarious, is "Don''t you get tired of people pitching you all the time?". That''s the key--when you think you can help just about anyone, and you really do like helping people, each new pitch is an opportunity. Other pitches!

When You Pitch, Make Sure to KISS

GAN

Not long ago, I found myself pitching GAN. As I thought about other examples where this has happened, I realized that—as companies pitch me for investment dollars from GAN Ventures—I often don’t immediately understand what their companies do, even after their first 15 minutes of presenting to us. Unless you boil your points and supporting research down to their essence, every time, you might botch inevitable questions that come up during your pitch.

Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle

Venture Well

VentureWell Director of Venture Development, Eli Velasquez offers insights on how to develop pitch competitions that provide maximum support to startups. The post Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle appeared first on VentureWell.

The Art of the Pitch

Guy Kawasaki

For entrepreneurs, the operative phrase is, “I pitch, therefore I am.” Pitching isn’t only for raising money—it’s for reaching agreement, and agreement can yield many good outcomes including sales, partnerships, and new hires. Here are the key elements of a great pitch. When the meeting starts, you should set the stage for the rest of the pitch. Entrepreneurs believe that a pitch is a narrative whose opening chapter must always be autobiographical.

How To End Your Pitch with Your Vision

Dream It

Selling a compelling vision is so critical that some investors weigh it more heavily than the pitch deck itself. “It’s Strategies for crafting a strong and compelling vision for your startup: Towards the end of your pitch, tell investors that “this is just the beginning” for your startup.

5 Tips for Pitching VCs in Virtual Times

500

The post 5 Tips for Pitching VCs in Virtual Times appeared first on 500 Startups. All founder pitching oracle for startups pitching pitching investors virtual pitchingGuest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by JD Weinstein, Oracle for Startups.

What do you need for a VC to properly evaluate a pitch?

This is going to be BIG.

Pitch deck outlines are ok, but they don’t say much about what you’re trying to convey besides particular categories that may or may not be relevant. Too often people only pitch what they have, not where they’re going—and they forget that fundraising is selling tickets to the future, not asking for rewards for the past. If you’re going to try to pitch metrics and momentum as the main feature of your pitch—make sure they’re as great relative to other startups as you think they are.

THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PITCH WINNERS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, The Tech Celerator @StateCollege, a partnership with Invent Penn State that has helped create more than 130 new startups, hosted a zoom pitch event. The post THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PITCH WINNERS!

Scavenger Hunt: What To Look For In A Pitch Deck

The Seraf Compass

I’ve talked about the role of a compelling executive summary to get an investor's initial attention and secure their agreement to take a pitch meeting. But what should that investor expect out of the ensuing pitch deck Deciding whether to invest in a good idea is hard.

#DreamitLive with Ron Gula: Five Slide Pitch Deck

Dream It

In the episode, Steve asked Ron about his “five slide pitch deck.” Read Ron’s article on his five slide pitch deck here In our most recent episode of DreamitLive , Managing Partner Steve Barsh spoke with Ron Gula , President and Co-Founder of Gula Tech Adventures.

The Most Important Question to Ask Potential Investors After Your Pitch

Dream It

Startup pitch meetings are pretty predictable. You walk into a venture fund’s conference room or Zoom room (if they’re progressive), pitch the partners, offer to answer their questions, maybe ask them a bland question or two, and then leave the meeting to await a response.

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

About Slidebean: Slidebean is a pitch deck and presentation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital.

A Tale of Two Pitches

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#. I recently wrote a blog post here in which I argued that the best VC meetings are discussions and not sales pitches. Many people agreed and added that even the best sales meetings are also discussions and not pitches.

When Men Start Pitching to Women

This is going to be BIG.

And when guys start pitching to women for capital, that's when you really get behavior change. Don't you think guys would be a little more thoughtful about a slate of bros on their team page if they were pitching in front of a partner meeting of all women? The problem is that so few women pitch. I have this vision.

Future of Real Estate Pitch Competition in Miami

Dream It

Apply to Pitch at the Event The top 10 finalists will be given the opportunity to get their ideas in front of distinguished investor panels, influential media, global partners, and over 300 esteemed guests.

The Thing About the Best Pitches

This is going to be BIG.

The best pitches have a hook. They mostly talk about where you're going, because the what you've done up until now in a seed pitch usually isn't that much. The best pitches acknowledge the reason why we're here--for you to ask me for money and for me to make a bundle of it investing in you. The best pitches follow the word problem with. The best pitches are ambitious--they ask for enough and aim to do something big.

Tips on Pitching in Person

This is going to be BIG.

Personally, I find pitch events to be a little bit contrived. For the most part, while the companies may be interesting, the actual pitches are usually so-so. That being said, too many pitch presentations have the delivery of a Powerpoint as the main focus, verses the story. You should be able to get mugged, lose all your stuff, and walk into anyone with an internet connection being able to give a pitch.

Don’t Pitch Me Your Product

Founders Coop

But it’s not the founders’ fault for pitching us this way, it’s on us as early stage investors to help them better frame the conversation. Armed with those learnings, we went out to pitch our investors and asked for $750k to see if enterprises and larger agencies would pay large amounts of money for our solution. Don’t pitch me your product

How to CRUSH Your Demo When Pitching

Dream It

Make sure your demo highlights how your product solves a big and urgent need, which is the most critical element of your investor pitch. Aligning the key benefits and differentiators from your pitch deck It’s important to note that “now by using our product.”

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR PITCH NIGHT TOOK HOME A TOTAL OF $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

LANCASTER, PA – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 six local tech-entrepreneurs made pitch presentations to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000. The audience of more than 70 people who attended also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite pitch.

BEN FRANKLIN PORTFOLIO COMPANIES PITCH AT INVENT PENN STATE VENTURE AND IP CONFERENCE!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

The post BEN FRANKLIN PORTFOLIO COMPANIES PITCH AT INVENT PENN STATE VENTURE AND IP CONFERENCE! News Newsroom ben franklin technology partners entrepreneurs how to make a pitch innovation Invent Penn State product development startup funding in PA tech startup technology

Are you Ready 2 Pitch? (R2P)

Impact Hub

Are you Ready 2 Pitch? 48 start-ups were carefully selected from the total number of applicants to present their commercial or investment pitch at the final event on the 27 th & 28 th of February 2019. The post Are you Ready 2 Pitch?

How to Deliver a Bulls Free Pitch

Dream It

Before you can deliver a bulls free pitch, you must know what red flags to avoid. Red Flag 2: Mistaking prospects for paying customers Many pitch decks we see include a slide with a list of big-name logos. Before you pitch, comb through your deck and identify the red flags.

What is the worst startup pitch ever?

Gust

Take your choice (these are both real, honest-to-God pitches, and I’ve got the originals in my possession): Contestant A. Power Pitches bad David Rose pitch startup worst CluelessCo is an internet startup company seeking $2 million of equity financing to fund our company for at least one year. CluelessCo will become the main consumer outlet for the internet, digital cable and satellite TV, and cell phones and PDAs.

Canned: My new response to blogger pitches.

This is going to be BIG.

I'm not a journalist by trade so I'm really not an appropriate person to pitch in such an automated way. To deal with these pitches, I just created a Gmail canned response: "Hi, this is a canned response in response to your canned pitch. If you really knew me, you'd know that I write a personal blog and don't write book reviews off of pitches, interview founders for my readers, or cover events as news.

The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

Guy Kawasaki

It’s quite simple: a pitch should have ten slides , last no more than twenty minutes , and contain no font smaller than thirty points. In a perfect world, you give your pitch in twenty minutes, and you have forty minutes left for discussion.

Build Your Pitch on Fundamental Stories

Gust

The best business plans are stories, and the best pitches are stories. Pitch tip: don’t start with a boring introduction; start with a slide showing a great picture, nothing else, and use that picture to tell your story.

From Stethoscopes to Pitch Decks

Dream It

One of the big discussions in the healthcare community is whether healthtech platforms are enabling clinicians to be more efficient or if current systems are too out of touch with end-user, causing discontent among clinicians.

The BF TechCelerator is Hosting a Pitch Event: Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On December 6, 2018, six emerging tech entrepreneurs will compete for up to $10,000 at the BF TechCelerator’s graduation “pitch” event. The post The BF TechCelerator is Hosting a Pitch Event: Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000! A panel of local judges will evaluate the presenters who have been honing their business concepts for the past ten weeks in an intensive business startup accelerator. You Won’t Want to Miss This!

BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR@ERIE ANNOUNCES PITCH CONTEST WINNERS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

ERIE, PA – At a standing room only event on August 21, 2019 in Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, five entrepreneurs, who had been participating in an intensive, ten-week startup program, made pitches to a panel of local judges in hopes of taking home a cash prize of $10,000.

5 Tips to Craft Your Perfect Business Pitch

Smart Hustle Magazine

For now, keep reading to learn how to start crafting your business pitch. A sales pitch can come off like a con if you pursue prospects who aren’t really interested in your product or services. You don’t want to use the same standard sales pitch for each person you speak to.

What Would it Look Like if Elon Musk Pitched a VC Today?

Both Sides of the Table

It is Nikolas Tesla pitching a VC firm. Because the videos show exactly what life would be like if a young Elon Musk came to pitch VCs today and said I want to transform P2P finance, get people driving electric cars and send a man to mars in our lifetime.