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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),...
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This Angel Investor Shares 11 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Raise Smart Money

Oftentimes, I read articles offering tips for entrepreneurs that revolve around generic advice on getting started. However, what is often direly needed is how to appeal to investors and raise smart money — knowledge that is essential for fundraising and a master key to building, accelerating and scaling your new venture. The investment platform I...
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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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StartupNation Radio: Shark Tank Tips and Success Stories

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by leading business coach and co-host, Jon Dwoskin. Together, they interview three entrepreneurs who have pitched their businesses on “Shark Tank.” Today’s featured guests are Renaldo Webb, founder of Pet Plate; Tate Stock, founder of Chirp; and Meredith Jurica, CEO of Makeup Junkie bags. Together, they...
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How to Pitch Like a Shark Tank Winner

During my 20 years in the window industry, I’ve dealt with countless and constant complaints from my customers about the inherent problems with traditional window screens. I was beginning to feel more like a screen replacement man than a salesman, and I decided that there must be a better way. In 2013, I set up...
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What We Learned From Turning Down a Deal on Shark Tank

When we appeared on Shark Tank to pitch our popular Zipadee-Zip swaddle transition product, we were thrilled to receive three different offers from the sharks. We ended up striking a deal on the show with Daymond John for $200,000 in exchange for a 20 percent stake in our company, Sleeping Baby. The last thing we...
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The 4 Essential Factors That Make a Good Business Pitch

The following is excerpted from "Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion" by Meredith Fineman, in agreement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © Meredith Fineman, 2020. Natalia Oberti Noguera is founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that’s changing...
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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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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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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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How to Show Your Audience You Believe in Your Business, Product or Service

The following is excerpted from "The 3-Minute Rule: Say Less to Get More from any Pitch or Presentation" by Brant Pinvidic with permission of Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © Brant Pinvidic, 2019. When I’m working with someone or speaking, I always say, “Let’s identify...
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How Pitch-a-Kid Connects Curious Kids and Entrepreneurs

Several years ago, startup advisor and mentor Mike Millard was hard at work on a resource website for startups in Austin, Texas, where he and his family live. When Millard’s daughter, Audrey, expressed curiosity about the project, it inspired the father/daughter duo to launch Pitch-a-Kid. The organization allows entrepreneurs to hone their pitches with kid judges...
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10 Tips for Women to Successfully Raise Startup Capital

Women have more of a challenge than men when it comes to raising money. According to Fortune Magazine, all-women teams raised only 2.2 percent of available capital in 2017, versus 79 percent for all-male teams. To address this imbalance, women need to be keenly aware of what it takes to make a successful pitch to...
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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 Pitch a Shark: Everything You Need to Know

If you have an idea for a business, or if you already have a company of your own, then you probably love the show “Shark Tank.” It’s reality TV, sure, but it’s not like a lot of the other junk that’s out there. The people who go on “Shark Tank” are real entrepreneurs with real...