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10 Ways to Create a Successful Business Pitch

Recently, the term "business pitch" has become as popular as the term "startup." A pitch is essentially a business plan that one presents verbally to potential investors of a business. A shorter summary of the complete pitch is an elevator pitch. The startup owner has to clearly explain the business opportunity to the investors, so...
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Killer Business Plan

A business plan is as important to a new business as a map is to a ship, or blueprints are to an architect. A written business plan will guide your actions and keep you focused on your short- and long-term goals. Your business plan puts your aspirations into words (and charts), demonstrating to partners, investors...
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Investment Tips From the Funder and Founder Perspective

Recently, Sofia Fund, one of the country’s longest-running angel investor groups focused exclusively on women-led startups, invested in StormSensor, a climate tech company that helps municipalities manage flooding caused by climate change. Both company’s CEOs are highly skilled in their respective roles: giving and getting investments. Cathy Connett is CEO and managing partner of Minneapolis-based...
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7 Tips for Getting a Product on Shark Tank

Growing up in San Diego, California, I was unprepared for how mosquitos would impact my family’s quality of life when we relocated to South Florida. My young daughter and I were constantly suffering from mosquito bites and none of the post-bite treatments available on the market were effective. Determined to find a solution, I spent...
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From Concept to Delivery: Tips for Perfecting Your Investor Pitch

Raising money for a startup is a long process, but an important one. Securing funding may not be easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In order to successfully pitch investors, you’ll need to move through several steps, from concept to pitch deck to the act of pitching itself. Below are some pointers to help...
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7 Lessons This Entrepreneur Learned From Raising Seed Capital

I’ve learned a lot from raising £650K (equivalent to approximately $853,000) in seed capital from investors. As a fellow entrepreneur, I’ll share those lessons here, so you don’t waste any precious pitching opportunities. Take the investor’s point of view As an entrepreneur, you’re completely absorbed into your startup. This is your baby, your life. You...
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8 Things I Learned in My First Year as a Freelancer

Last year I had to unexpectedly kickstart my career as a freelance website designer. I took like a duck to water with some things, while others took a lot more figuring out, as I’d previously been working in an entirely different industry. As it’s my one-year birthday as a freelancer, I thought I’d share these top...
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Distill Your Business Plan Into the Perfect Elevator Pitch

You’ve spent plenty of time polishing your business plan, and you know that the only thing separating that plan from reality is that one golden opportunity to present it to the right person.  Lucky for you, as you wait in line for your morning cup of coffee, that perfect person just so happens to be doing...
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5 Tips for Making the Perfect Investor Pitch

You’ve heard it before and you’ll surely hear it again: “What is your elevator pitch?” Compressing passion, data and complicated work into a few key points is no small feat, but it’s necessary for introducing your startup and approaching potential investors. Whatever stage your organization may be in, always be prepared to strike up a...
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The Anatomy of a Pitch Deck

Have questions on what it takes to get funding? Utilizing a pitch deck, share your compelling story in order to influence an audience to fund your business. For those unfamiliar with the term, a pitch deck is a presentation used to present a business plan to potential investors in person or via an online meeting. Why is...
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How to Deliver a Great Elevator Pitch

"I have a great idea!" "I want to tell you about my project." "You have to hear this pitch!" OK, so you've teed up a conversation, but can you deliver on it? When the person you're wanting to impress (the decision maker who could literally change your life or your business) is ready to listen, do...
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StartupNation Elevator Pitch Contest helps you build your dream business

From Joan Isabella, StartupNation Radio consultant Here at StartupNation, we are gearing up for the second Elevator Pitch Contest which hits the airwaves on November 4th. This time, the prize will be The Ultimate Hook-Up: A chance for the winner to fly in to StartupNation headquarters for coaching and to meet with real investors. If...
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What is the best small business elevator pitch in the pitch-off? You tell us!

From Joan Isabella, StartupNation Radio consultant A signature feature on StartupNation Radio is The Elevator Pitch . Participants have one minute to verbally hook the interest of a potential investor on a virtual elevator ride. We are having the first ever “StartupNation Radio Pitch-Off” on StartupNation Radio and here in the community forums at StartupNation.com....
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Entrepreneurial Success is Where Bold & Aggressive Meets Preparedness

A week ago I posted a blog about an entrepreneur who appeared on the August 20 radio show, Emily Blumenthal, and how she was passionate in getting her product on QVC. I wrote, "You gotta' be bold and sometimes you gotta' be aggressive." Well, that's not the entire message. On this weekend's radio show, a...