Start Your Startup | Create the Perfect Pitch Deck
Stephen Semprevivo is a firm believer that the if your business plan includes getting capital from investors, you’re going to need a pitch deck. A pitch deck is a short presentation that gives investors a concise but thorough overview of your business plan. You can make a pitch deck using any slide-building software. Prezi, PowerPoint, and Keynote are among the most common tools used.
You will use your pitch deck when you present to investors, either in-person or virtually. Your pitch deck needs to be powerful and thorough. The goal is to get investors interested in learning more about your company by seeing its value. You likely won’t get a firm “yes” after showing investors your pitch deck. If all goes well, you will get another meeting with investors to dive deeper into your business plan.
Pitch Deck Examples
Review these examples of pitch decks that resulted in millions of dollars from investors.
Launchrock’s cover slide says as much as the next 14 slides in their deck. With minimal text on each slide, this deck is clearly designed to be presented in person, keeping investors’ focus on the person speaking instead of a heavy-texted deck.
The pitch deck from Airbnb follows the outline above. It is clear and concise, giving investors all the crucial information they need to decide that this is an obvious choice for their next investment. Their competition slide highlights where they fit in the market and who their direct competitors are.
Each slide includes data points that show how The Waypoint fits in the market. The first few slides clearly articulate how the company solves the problem of booking a boat slip online.
Have Someone Review Your Pitch Deck
Find a mentor who can deliver honest, actionable feedback about your pitch deck and ensure that it presents your company to investors in the best possible way. Practice your pitch in front of multiple people before going into a meeting with investors to ensure you are relaxed, calm, and ready to answer any questions they have about your business.
As a successful entrepreneur, Stephen Semprevivo is always looking for new businesses to mentor. If you have an idea for a startup and are ready to take the next steps, apply for the Stephen Semprevivo Startup Scholarship. Two student entrepreneurs will receive a $2,500 scholarship along with mentorship and guidance. Learn more about the scholarship program and apply today. Remember, the best time to start a business is NOW!