Elevator Pitch Guide

Looking for actionable pitch advice from successful entrepreneurs and investors? You've come to the right place. From here, you can access articles, download a free "how to pitch" eBook, and find other free resources that will help you craft the perfect pitch for your business. Whether or not you're seeking funding, it's important to know how to succinctly communicate your business model, your market opportunity, and your value proposition.

Recent Articles on Pitching a Business

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How to Raise Startup Funding from Unlikely Angel Investors

By Jessica Magoch

I’m not your average angel. I’m a mom, a full-time sales manager, and recruiter. I’m not active in an angel group. I don’t have an MBA and I don’t live in Silicon Valley. I live in a small town surrounded by farms and I made my first angel investment at 29 because my dad said... Read more »

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5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

By Caroline Cummings

Having delivered hundreds of pitches myself (and bombed a few), as well as coaching dozens of entrepreneurs on how to pitch, I’ve definitely seen some doozy pitches. I sometimes wish I’d had a video camera with me to create a funny compilation of all the bloopers—something I might have shared with entrepreneurs on how not... Read more »

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12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

By Scott Gerber

What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,... Read more »

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Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations?

By Katherine Halek

You’ve struck stones together and you’ve finally seen a spark. You’ve worked hard to develop your ideas and build something worthy of faith and investment. But finding natural ways to pitch your startup may still seem like the most daunting task you’ve faced yet. Your elevator pitch, for all that it can be perfected,  can come... Read more »

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Got ‘Founder Fit’? If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

By Candice Landau

A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In as much as a scheduled interview with an angel investor can be, talking with Boris about what it takes to spark the interest of a venture capital firm was a coincidence. I’d reached out... Read more »