Pitching a Business

To Secure Investor Funding Improve Your Presentation Skills

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...


Business Plan Review: Share the Air

A few weeks ago a co-worker sent me an instant message: “You’ve got to watch this business plan pitch. It’s crazy!” Of course I clicked and watched it. It only takes a few minutes before the “disbelief” starts. I’ve seen professionals shun slick PowerPoint slides to use handwritten or even marked up on whiteboard slides...


Do You Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready?

Could you describe your company in 60 seconds? They call it the elevator speech, or elevator pitch, and it’s a good exercise. I was there last Thursday to hear these two pitches, two of the best from 16 one-minute pitches at the University of Oregon’s New Venture Championship. These are good examples of classic elevator...


Where to See Good Startup Pitches Online

I was browsing in Quora over the weekend–I like Quora a lot, questions and answers laid out conveniently–and stumbled on somebody asking for online startup pitches. One of the answers included a link to A dozen of the best start-up pitches on the web at JonBischke.com. That’s a really good list, with some winners, some...


Success by Listening, Correcting and Evolving

One proven way to build a company from zero to winning angel investment is by pitching, listening and correcting. Fill gaps. Strengthen weak points. Listen to your customers. I watched Precision Plant Systems pitch at the Bend Venture Conference last Friday for the third time in a year. The first time I was thoroughly unimpressed;...


Share your business pitch and get a FREE copy of Business Plan Pro

Can you communicate the core of your business plan in just a couple of minutes? How about in a single 140-character tweet? Our new Bplans Business Pitch tool can help you develop and refine your core message. Add your pitch now and you can even get a FREE copy of our best-selling Business Plan Pro...


Shark Tank – Perfect your pitch

A new television show debuted this past weekend, a show based on a popular UK show, Dragons’ Den. The US show is called “Shark Tank“.  The “tank” is a panel of highly successful business people with investment money to spend. Each week 4 to 5 entrepreneurs pitch their idea to the panel. There is a...


Pitching your business: a Survivor’s Story

You might call it “I pitched my business to venture capitalists and lived to tell the story.” Scott Gerber, who wrote this piece for Entrepreneur.com, called it 6 Steps to the Perfect Pitch. He didn’t get the money, but he learned a lot: As you might have guessed, I didn’t walk out of that meeting...


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