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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...
women angel investors
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6 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Successfully Pitch to Women Angel Investors

The stats for women in investing are somewhat bleak. Only 11% of VC partners are women, and as a whole, women angel investors have only reached 22%. On the entrepreneur side, things look better, with over 40% being women. However, things are starting to look up even more. According to the Angel Capital Association (ACA),...
entrepreneurial spirit quarantine
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5 Actionable Steps to Unlock Your Entrepreneurial Spirit During Quarantine

COVID-19 has not only drastically impacted the health, finance and business sphere, it’s also had serious ramifications on social behavior. Mandatory quarantines have forced people to remain home for weeks (even months) at a time. And while millions of people have struggled to adapt to the new limited lifestyle, others are taking a more pragmatic...
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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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Practice Your Pitch: 5 Techniques for Success

Everyone wants to have an effective presentation that really captivates their audience's attention. If you are unprepared and relying too much on a script or reading directly from the slides, you're in for trouble. In order to have a successful presentation, you must communicate with your audience. Communicating with the audience means having the perfect delivery style, and...
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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...
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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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How to Design a Pitch Deck That Captures a Crowd

Starting a business is the ultimate dream for many, but often times, what stands in the way of reaching the pinnacle of success is the ever-dreaded pitch deck. Whether it’s for investors, a new partner or a networking group, presenting a pitch can be nerve-wracking. How can you create a deck that captures the attention...
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5 Things You Need to Do Before Approaching an Investor

Would you be surprised to know that some of the most innovative startup ideas fail to secure investor funding? Although many startups focus on perfecting their concept, the idea itself is one of the least weighted factors considered by investors. Startup investors listen to pitches constantly, and while they are presented with many “great ideas,”...
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How to Take Your Pitch Deck From Good to Great

What’s the difference between a good and a great B2B pitch deck? A good pitch deck clearly explains your product and what it does. It thoroughly illustrates product features, and it demonstrates how smart and credible your team is. It’s easy to build good B2B pitch decks. There’s just one problem with good pitch decks,...
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Why I Quit My Job to Launch a Startup, Failed and Would Do it All Again

This isn’t an overnight success story, this is a real story. It was a mid-September afternoon in 2016. There I was, on the top floor of some swanky office, peering through floor to ceiling windows over the autumn skyline. I’d gotten a promotion a few weeks before, my second in just four years; someone up...
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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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9 Ways to Win Your Next Pitch Presentation [Infographic]

Considering what a rare commodity human attention is these days, it’s become more critical than ever for entrepreneurs to make an impact while giving a pitch presentation to prospective clients, investors and partners. Interestingly, when it comes to the all-important pitching process, 78 percent of clients admit they’re most influenced by the business that proves how...
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Business Builder E-Book Series: Build Your Perfect Pitch Deck [Free Download]

StartupNation's Business Builder e-book series provides you with a FREE downloadable guide to help you start, grow or manage your business. In this guide, "Pitch Deck Fundamentals," produced by Venture Formations, you’ll learn everything you need in order to build your perfect pitch deck. Your guide to a perfect pitch deck covers the essentials like the purpose of...
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Angel Investors Share Tips for Successful Business Pitches

As any entrepreneur knows, having support from angel investors in the early days can make all the difference when it comes to the success, or failure, of a startup company. It’s a boost just to know that someone has faith in you, as a person, and your idea – but real cash means you can...
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Year in Review: StartupNation 2016

This year was one of change for StartupNation: we restructured our website to serve you better, featuring improved article layout and author profiles. Our ongoing drive to provide readers with articles, audio and (coming soon in 2017!) native video that interests entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners most is one we will continue to strive...
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Top 5 Best Presentation Apps Your Startup Needs

When your business is starting out, you need to present yourself quickly and show what your startup is about as easily as possible. Telling your company's story for sales, events and investment pitches means you need to look good and have a clear tale to tell. The right app will mean you have the best chance...
Funding
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Busting the Myths of Small Business Funding

Securing funding for your startup may seem impossible, but it is no more difficult than making a sale. Fundraising is not impossible, it is an obstacle that requires the proper focus, beliefs, capabilities and strategies to achieve. Below, you will find several common myths that entrepreneurs face while looking for investors, and how to bust all...
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6 Simple Rules of Pitch Deck Slide Design

You only get one chance to make a first impression with investors; you don’t want them to be so turned off by your slide design that they are not able to truly see what a great business you have. Below, find some pointers on the rules of slide design to make sure you are creating a visually pleasing...
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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...