3 Things Most People Won’t Tell You About Pitching for Funding

3 Things Most People Won’t Tell You About Pitching for Funding

Learning Admin
Pitching your startup idea to investors is an exciting step in the process of becoming an entrepreneur. However, it can also be terrifying. Often the future of your business is determined in these meetings, and, unfortunately, trying to get funding can lead to a lot of rejection. The upside is if you stick with it, and if you have the right approach, then it’s quite possible to find someone willing to invest in your business and help get it off the ground. So, what constitutes the right approach? This is a tricky question, as each business, and each group of investors, is different. Fortunately, there are lots of resources out there to help you figure out how to succeed. Yet sometimes the best thing we need in life is splash…
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Types of Investments

Types of Investments

Learning Pranjali Jakatdar
In today’s business landscape filled with emerging businesses and startups, there are many different types of investments. How do you know which kind of an investment is the right one for you? Each kind of an investment has an advantage and a disadvantage which largely affects your business in the long run. ‘The one size fits all’ strategy doesn’t work and you need to be extremely wary of the kind of investment that you choose according to your requirements and needs. If you are familiar with the various types of investments and know which kind of an investment is your best bet, it will help you in coming up with an efficient investment pitch deck which relates to your business idea.   So, let’s look at the types of investments in…
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Predictable things that VCs will want to know if you ask for funding :

Predictable things that VCs will want to know if you ask for funding :

Tips Moulik Jain
"How to make sure that you bag the funding from Venture Capitalists"       Venture Capitalists (VC's) often ask some questions to get a detailed perspective about your business idea before investment. Read on more to find out about the same and increase your chances of bagging a successful investment by Peter Thiel.       What venture capitalists look for :   1) Macro a. Are you a company or just a product/feature? b. Your vision for the company             2) Your product(s)   a. What it is b. What problem it solves c. Why it is superior d. Why it is not likely to be displaced for some time     3) Team  a. This is the ethos part of the presentation…
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Best Tools for Designing Pitch Deck

Best Tools for Designing Pitch Deck

Tips Pranjali Jakatdar
A pitch deck is a brief presentation of around 8-15 slides, usually created using PowerPoint or Keynote. However, nowadays, a lot of people have started using professional designing softwares like Photoshop and Illustrator to create a better impact. It is an introduction and overview of your business plan and is used to convince your audience during face-to-face or online meetings with potential investors, co-founders, bosses, partners or clients. The design of a pitch deck is need-specific, for example, a startup investor pitch deck would be different from a corporate pitch deck.   Tools for Pitch Deck   There are several tools one can use to make their pitch deck hold the audience’s attention for a longer span of time.   These tools help add elements to your presentation that makes…
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Professional Tips for Deck Redesign

Professional Tips for Deck Redesign

Tips Pranjali Jakatdar
So, you successfully ideated an innovative business idea, worked out all the details and then also designed a pitch deck to present to the investors. Later, you had a successful presentation in front of the investors too! But did it result in any investments?   If your answer is no, then here are a list of things you need to look out for. Follow these professional tips for Deck Redesign!   Deck Redesign Ideas   1. Convert your Statistics into a Meaningful Story :   More often than not, entrepreneurs rely on a lot of research to support their business idea to ensure it is something that is needed by their Target Audiences. Later, they also end up adding most of their research in the pitch deck. This is one…
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Shark tank pitch to take inspiration from

Shark tank pitch to take inspiration from

Tips Pranjali Jakatdar
Tips inspired by 'Shark Tank' to Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch     If you’re from a business background or are passionate about starting your own business or even if you’re just into discovering new ideas and new concepts, it is very likely that you might have seen Shark Tank! If you have, high five! If not, don’t worry. Just read on. Let’s look at one of the best Shark tank pitches to take inspiration from it.   So, Shark Tank is a reality TV Show where in businessmen from all over USA, pitch their unique ideas to Business Giants i.e multi-millionaires from different business backgrounds, known as Sharks! (We got to say that Shark is an ideal name for them due to their strong and majestic personalities.Let us know if you…
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Design Aesthetics for Presentations

Design Aesthetics for Presentations

Learning Pranjali Jakatdar
5 Tips for Better Presentation Design   Do you remember sitting through those long boring presentations back in your college days when you just couldn’t wait for the lecture to end? Yes, we do too. Those are the kind of presentations with way too much text and a limited amount of visuals, the ones with a boring layout and lack of any design aesthetics. Yes, these are the ones which need to be avoided. So what does it take for a presentation to be professional? Let’s look at the Design Aesthetics to follow for presentations. In every Powerpoint/Keynote presentation, there are 2 important elements. They are Content and Design. Both these elements are equally important, hence make sure that one doesn’t overpower the other. In order to maintain that balance,…
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Tips for a Successful Start-Up Pitch

Tips for a Successful Start-Up Pitch

Tips Pranjali Jakatdar
  Before any important pitch, young ‘to be businessmen’ try their level best to make sure everything seems and looks perfect, is easily understandable and includes relevant information which supports their product/service perfectly. They do not want to leave any stone unturned and that’s the reason why young entrepreneurs come up with a ‘Data-rich’ presentation, hoping to get some eyebrow-raises.   Well, but do these frequently followed methods help them in making a lasting impression on the investors?   The answer is No. More often than not, the statistics and the numerical data helps in supporting our argument, but does not lead to a successful interactive pitch. That is why, it does not lead to any funding.   So, what do we do to make sure we have all of…
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Design An Emotionally Intelligent Pitch Deck – Here’s How!

Design An Emotionally Intelligent Pitch Deck – Here’s How!

Tips Nikita Fernandes
  What story are you telling your audience?   Are you matching their wavelength? You need to resonate, and make an impact!       You could love making Presentations or absolutely hate it, but you cannot deny that your Investor Pitch Deck is one of the most important documents of your professional life. It helps you get your company started and continues to keep it afloat, as and when funding is required.   To create a pitch deck that is extremely effective, one needs to add a special ingredient into the mix - a dash of emotional intelligence, also known as EQ. Here are a few ways to add just the right amount of emotions for a great response from your audience.     STEP 1: A SPRINKLING OF…
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5 Pitch Decks To Gain Inspiration From

5 Pitch Decks To Gain Inspiration From

Tips Nikita Fernandes
The first step to help you raise funding from a VC or any other type of investor, for your startup, is by creating a pitch deck. A pitch deck is a presentation that serves as a precise summary and summation of all your ideas, strategies, budget, plans, business model and contact details. It conveys what your company is all about to your potential investors and gives them a reason as to why they should choose you.   Whether you are looking to raise 20,000 USD or 50 Million USD, a pitch deck will be your best buddy.   Creating the perfect pitch deck can be extremely difficult. There is so much you want to convey, and somehow you are meant to compile it into as few as 10-15 slides! The…
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