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Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch

by Briana Morgaine

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for funding, you know how important—and involved—the pitching process can be. We’ve gone over the importance of your body language when giving your pitch, our favorite pitch deck resources, and the questions you may get asked, but don’t expect. All of this comes together in the form of a polished,... Read more »

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What to Say in Your 1, 5, 10, or 20 Minute Pitch (+ Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs!)

by Angelique O'Rourke

When you’re pitching your business, the time allotted will impact a great deal of what you should do and say. If you’re going to have a five minute time block followed by a Q&A, you will need to approach that differently than if you’re giving a one-minute presentation. So how do you know what to... Read more »

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How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour

by Noah Parsons

Most people think that writing a business plan has to be hard. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s possible to write your initial business plan in less than an hour. After all, you’re always thinking about your business and the strategies you’re going to use to grow,... Read more »

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Master Your Pitch and Find Funding Success

by Daniel Faris

As far as pitching an idea goes, business solutions very rarely sell themselves. If you’ve ever had to stand up in front of people with the power to decide the future of your enterprise, you’ll know how daunting it can be. The following article is divided into two sections. First, I’ll address a few of... Read more »

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Business Pitch, Elevator Pitch, and the LivePlan Pitch: What’s the Difference?

by Tim Berry

What’s a business pitch? Clearly that depends on who you ask and what they’re thinking about when you ask. It might be a slide deck, or a 20-minute presentation livened by a slide deck, or a short talk, or even a strategy summary. Either way, it’s confusing and I’d like to help clear it up. Here’s... 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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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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4 Problems with Your Executive Summary

by Tim Berry

Yesterday somebody asked me to look at his executive summary on SlideShare. He’s a Twitter friend; I like him, but I’ve never actually met him. And the request may have been aimed at having me invest in his company, but possibly just asking advice. I’m not sure. It seems like it might be useful to... Read more »

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Elevator Pitch Part 5: Nail Your Delivery

by Tim Berry

In the real world, you know your so-called elevator speech and you use it when appropriate. Every time you do it, you and it get better. I’d recommend taking time out and working on it, but you probably won’t; you’re too busy. Think about it in the shower. Think about it when you’re stuck in... Read more »