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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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4 Tips for Writing a Standout Business Plan Financing Request

One of the most important elements of a business plan is a financing request, or the amount of funding your business is requesting of potential investors. Many entrepreneurs may worry they are asking for too much money, while others may not feel totally certain about the future of their company, especially nowadays. This leaves the...
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How to Design and Deliver a Business Pitch That Secures Startup Funding

A business pitch is a presentation put together to entice an investor or group of investors. The goal of your pitch is to secure funding to proceed with your value proposition so you can take your idea to the market. Remember, the pitch process is about getting investors to back people; it’s not about backing...
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Why Investing in Minority-Owned Startups is Key to Unlocking Innovation

Despite being a critical force in the future of the U.S. economy, people of color are disproportionately hurt by lack of access to capital. While diversity and inclusion initiatives are en vogue in Silicon Valley, the reality is that access to funding remains a tightly-guarded gateway to success — and venture capitalists today are missing...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Midwest Venture Showcase (Episode 215)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff and Paul W. Smith discuss the 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase, a partnership between the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and InvestMidwest, which will showcase 57 companies actively seeking funding to an audience of top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and business executives. The virtual event runs April 27 to 28, 2021. Tune in...
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2021 Midwest Venture Showcase to Feature 57 Companies Actively Seeking Funding

The 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase, a partnership between the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and InvestMidwest, will showcase 57 companies actively seeking funding to an audience of top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and business executives at the virtual event on April 27 to 28, 2021. The Midwest companies in the Showcase span the life sciences, medical...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies (Episode 211)

On this morning's Business Beat, Jeff welcomes Dr. Craig Everett, finance professor at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School, who shares details of the Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies competition. Built to help great companies succeed, the contest provides the opportunity for companies seeking funding outside of major investment areas like Silicon Valley to find investors. Tune...
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Get Startup Funding Fast! Applications Open for Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies

The Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University has opened entries to its fourth annual competition, Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies, to identify America’s Most Fundable Companies. All U.S.-based startups with less than $10 million in revenue are invited to participate. Participants in the Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies competition receive a comprehensive feedback report free of charge...
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How to Create a Fundable Business Plan

Business plans are created for various reasons. Sometimes a plan is prepared for a strategic partner. In this case, the partner might want to better understand your strategy, milestones and staffing to determine whether to work with you. Sometimes a business plan is created to convince prospective employees to join you. And oftentimes plans are...
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Embrace Your Bold Ideas: 3 Tips for Securing Investment During the Pandemic

Entrepreneurs are still the future of the economy. Entrepreneurs push innovation forward and find ways to solve the unique problems presented by COVID-19. Encouraging entrepreneurship requires investment capital and acquiring capital means investors must be willing to find opportunities during these uncertain times. Recent history shows it’s possible for investors to find great investments during...
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5 Terms That are Killing Your Startup’s Pitch

Whether you’re (virtually) presenting before a group of investors or meeting an angel investor one-on-one via Zoom, the words you use to explain your company and your strategy are critical to securing funding. While the content of your presentation itself is essential, even the best business ideas can be derailed by poor word choice or etiquette. Investors...
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Is Your Big Idea Investor-Worthy? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions Pre-Launch

Entrepreneurs certainly aren’t lacking for ideas — but that doesn’t mean every concept is worth pursuing. It’s not enough to separate the good ideas from the bad. It’s about identifying the great ones. Investors want to know you have an idea that can scale and deliver an attractive return on their investment. For an early stage tech...
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6 Tips to Improve Your Odds When Facing Investors

It takes money to make money. But how do you get startup funds to get your business off the ground? How do you fund your expansion into new products or increase market reach? External funds provide outsiders the opportunity to invest cash in your company in exchange for equity, or partial ownership of that business....
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Shark Tank Investors Say This is How to Win Them Over

Look the part, be disruptive and keep things simple, say Barbara Corcoran, Bethenny Frankel, Grant Cardone and others. You have a great idea. Now you need the money to make it happen. In this day and age when it seems like everybody is an entrepreneur, how do you convince investors your idea is worth their financial backing? We asked “Shark Tank”...
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How to Use Pre-Sales and Pre-Orders to Boost Your Cash Flow

It’s a naive mistake to assume that if you create something, an audience will automatically flood in to support you. It may have worked in “Field of Dreams,” but this is business. In the age of the internet, practically everyone is selling or promoting something, and sifting through the muck isn’t something consumers have time...
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How to Prepare Before Pitching Your Business to Investors

Several years ago, I was trying to raise capital for my business. I spent months working with a particular venture capitalist. After months of runaround, we ultimately got nowhere with the VC. Emails went unanswered and we were back to square one. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only entrepreneur to have this experience...