Pointers on How to Create Pitch Decks For Startups

Pointers on How to Create Pitch Decks For Startups

Learning Moulik Jain
There is no hard and fast rule on how to make a Pitch Deck as each will vary according to their purpose. A Startup looking for investors needs a Pitch Deck that brings their idea and business plan across and also proves their credibility. To achieve this, one can use the following pointers to create persuasive and deal-winning Pitch Decks. A Hooking Intro An introduction should contain something which triggers intrigue in the audience. It should make them to wonder what lies ahead and keep them gripped throughout the presentation. Your vision should be strongly evident and it should set the base for your entire presentation Give Solid Numbers Providing numbers in the form of user engagement, traffic, growth metrics etc can be very beneficial as most investors like to…
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3 Things Most People Won’t Tell You About Pitching for Funding

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

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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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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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Walmart – Flipkart Group Investor Pitch Deck

Walmart – Flipkart Group Investor Pitch Deck

Learning Moulik Jain
    World's biggest E-commerce deal valued at $16 billion sealed!! Walmart acquired 77% of Flipkart's stake.   Do you know why it happened? US e-commerce giant Amazon announced that they would invest $3 billion in India. Walmart is already very well known for their robust retail operation processes.                                                                           Note: We don't own this Presentation.     How would Indians benefit from this? Indian online consumers would soon be inundated and there will be much to look forward to with a variety of shopping options. Walmart is known for its extremely low prices, and…
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Who Is An Angel Investor?

Who Is An Angel Investor?

Learning Moulik Jain
  The definition of an Angel Investor is an individual who invests their own money in an entrepreneurial company.       In the recent years, a growing number of individuals have started seeking for better returns on their money that what they can get from traditional investment methods. There has also been a rise in startups seeking for investment and thus a lot of people have opted to become angel investors to try to earn money via this method.   It might be hard to believe, but most angels are NOT millionaires. They typically earn between 60k - 100k USD per year.   Angels could be professionals such as doctors, lawyers; business associates such as customers, suppliers and executives; and even other entrepreneurs. Unlike venture capitalists and bankers, many…
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What Investors Want To Know About The Founder And The Company?

What Investors Want To Know About The Founder And The Company?

Learning Moulik Jain
Your investor could be a banker, VC’s or angels - but pitching an idea to either could be quite intimidating. If you need some input on what they want to know about you, you will have to put yourself in their shoes. Here are 5 of the most important things they are looking for.       1. Industry Experience and Background. Investors are looking for experience entrepreneurs who have already made and learnt from their mistakes. No one wants and slip-ups happening on their dime. Be ready to have your background and experience investigated. And make sure what you tell them about your past matches with what they have already found out. Don’t lie about things that would make you look stupid. No investor wants an untrustworthy entrepreneur.  …
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What is ‘Seed Capital’?

What is ‘Seed Capital’?

Learning Moulik Jain
  The initial capital used while starting a business is known as Seed Capital. It often comes from the founders’ personal assets, from relatives or friends, and is used to cover up initial operating expenses to attract venture capitalists. Seed funding is often obtained in exchange of equity stakes in the enterprise. It is often seen as a risk by banks and venture capital investors and many might wait until the business is more established before making any larger investments.   A Breakdown of 'Seed Capital'     The stages involved in financial startups is seed capital, venture capital, mezzanine funding and an initial public offering. Seed Capital is usually provided for market research, prototype production, product development, or any other early stage operations.   Factors that help determine how…
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An Elevator Pitch For Dummies

An Elevator Pitch For Dummies

Learning Moulik Jain
  An elevator pitch, is as its name suggests, is a brief introduction with which you can share your expertise and credentials quickly and effectively with people who don't know you; which should be about as long as it would take for you to reach your floor in an elevator. Which is a really, really short duration of time. Blabbing on won’t do you any good because your potential investor will be gone before you get to the best part. You need a fool-proof pitch that gives the precise details in a ridiculously short span of time - in an appealing way.       So, that brings us to the HOW?   How do you approach making your very own elevator pitch.   Here’s how.   1. Be Brief.…
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Making a Pitch – The Art of Storytelling

Making a Pitch – The Art of Storytelling

Learning Moulik Jain
What is the world without a little imagination, and what is a person without a story. Investors get bored at the beginning of most pitches, because usually; the slides look drab, the presenter drags on about boring stuff and no one is keen on listening to their 100th blah pitch of the day. What really catches the investor’s attention, is something fresh, something that they can relate to. So, how do we present our idea in a way that doesn’t completely suck?     Your best bet would be to narrate your pitch as a story, an interesting mix where your product is the hero that saves the world from the supervillian.   This is how you could approach the narrative:   1. Identify the problem that your product is…
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