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7 Reasons to Create a One-Page Pitch Before You Plan

by Noah Parsons

A business pitch or elevator pitch is not only a crucial tool for getting investment, it’s also one of the best tools you can use to flesh out your business concept, iterate it through different variations, and find a business model that works and will turn into a profitable company. But, shouldn’t you have a... Read more »

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Exit Strategy

What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies

by Tim Berry

  Startups looking for angel investors or venture capital (VC) absolutely need an exit strategy because investors require it. The exit is what gives them a return. Exit strategies related to startup funding are quite often misunderstood: The “exit” in exit strategy is for the money, not the startup founders or small business owners. The... Read more »

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What My Startup Accelerator Taught Me About Pitching

by Ely Greenberg

The culmination of an entrepreneurship accelerator is the opportunity to pitch investors on your business. After my business partners and I spent eight weeks in a startup accelerator at the JFE Network, we got the chance to show off Credential Cabinet to a room full of attentive investors. Pitching was a great experience. We told... Read more »

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The Time Is Now

How I Set My Pitch Apart and Won a Pitch Competition

by Allison Berliner

The competition itself forced us to move from the business planning stage to the real world, and in the process we learned what makes for a compelling pitch. Read more »

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9 Things That Take a Pitch From Good to Great

by Caroline Cummings

When I think about what set the excellent pitches I've seen apart from the rest, it turns out that they all shared some of the same qualities. Read more »

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Shark Tank

5 Lessons “Shark Tank” Can Teach You About Pitching to Angel Investors

by Tim Berry

The TV show "Shark Tank" has a lot in common with the normal flow of angel investment. These are the five key lessons to take away from it. Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Investors [WEBINAR]

by Bailey Koharchick

Thanks to everyone who registered for our webinar! Caroline and David were thrilled. For those of you who didn’t get the chance to ask questions, feel free to post them below!   Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Angel Investors [FREE WEBINAR]

by Andrea Vedder

Join Caroline Cummings and David Rose on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am PST, for a free webinar on how to pitch your business to investors. Read more »

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Top 10 Questions on Pitching Using LivePlan

by Dave Cannon

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. Read more »

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How to Make Your Gust Account Stand Out to Investors

by Caroline Cummings

These are my recommendations for how to help your company profile stand out on Gust, so you can successfully grab attention and raise capital. Read more »

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Building confidence in key moments to build a breakthrough startup

by Joe Abraham

Whether its delivering a TED Talk, or a pitch, you're going to need to shake the nerves and show some confidence and preparation. Read more »

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Alternatives to PowerPoint

Tired of PowerPoint? Here are the best alternatives

by Dave Cannon

Roughly 95 percent of slideshow presentations are still given in PowerPoint, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t evaluate other tools. We’ll run through the top alternatives and weigh the pros and cons. Google Docs Presentations A free feature in Google Docs (Trust us, it’s there; you just never use it.) If you consider yourself a... Read more »

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The 10 Questions I Didn’t Expect to be Asked by Investors

by Caroline Cummings

If you're raising money for your company and you want to pitch to angel investors or venture capitalists, then there are a few important things to know that savvy investors care about. Read more »

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How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

by Caroline Cummings

Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business opportunity to investors—this is a format I've successfully used and seen work for many other first-time start-up CEOs. Read more »

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The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch

by Noah Parsons

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is essential. Read more »

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Is a great pitch without a plan even possible?

by Palo Alto Software

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... Read more »

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10 Things I Hated About Your Business Pitch

by Tim Berry

I’m writing this in the airport on my way to Austin, TX., where I’m going to be a judge at the University of Texas Venture Labs global business plan competition (used to be Mootcorp). Between contests like this one and angel investment, I’ve heard two dozen or so business pitches lately. I’m talking about the... Read more »

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5 Things You Should Never Say When Fundraising

by Amanda Frazier

Doing your homework before seeking an investor is absolutely number one priority. There are thousands, if not millions, of entrepreneurs that haven’t the slightest clue how to approach a deal. Here are some common mistakes I see entrepreneurs make when they’re talking to investors. Don’t say or do any of the following, and you’ll have... Read more »

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How to use your business plan

by Tim Berry

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... Read more »

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Presentation-Skills

To Secure Investor Funding Improve Your Presentation Skills

by Linda Finkle

For the last several years YPO (Young President’s Organization) has held a “Raising Capital Conference” to teach entrepreneurs and CEOs who want to raise venture capital how to make successful pitches to investors. They firmly believe that if you improve your presentation skills, you will increase your chances of getting investors to say ‘yes.’ Your... Read more »