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Pitch Deck A pitch deck’s goal is to make an investor excited in you and your business. To do this you need to tell a compelling story in about 20-30 minutes. Here is a good starting point for your pitch deck storyline Fill in the details with your answers to the last section and talk the story out loud. You should iterate on the order and the content to get it flowing right. As a general rule, put your companies strengths higher up the order. OPENING SLIDE BUSINESS DESCRIPTION PROBLEM SOLUTION MARKET SIZE COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE AND DIFFERENTIATION SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE TRACTION / STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS MODEL AND MONETIZATION MILESTONES AND INVESTMENT PROPOSITION TEAM CONCLUSION

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PITCH DECK TEMPLATE
Content:
1. OPENING SLIDE
2. BUSINESS DESCRIPTION
3. PROBLEM
4. SOLUTION
5. MARKET SIZE
6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE AND DIFFERENTIATION
7. SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
8. TRACTION / STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT
9. BUSINESS MODEL AND MONETIZATION
10. MILESTONES AND INVESTMENT PROPOSITION
11. TEAM
12. CONCLUSION
BEFORE READING THE TEMPLATE
We would like to introduce you to the type of format we used so that you can better
understand the approach and key takeaways we would like you to reach with this document.
A different kind of template
We grew increasingly dissatisfied with templates that include with detailed information on
every single element to include in each slide of a pitch deck. They are very structured and
not flexible enough to take into consideration the different situations of the companies.
Presentation becomes mechanical and standardised, while it should be the expression of the
company creating it.
This approach is more focused on the principles and on the message you want each slide to
convey to the investors.
Premises
• Goal: mitigate risk perception
• Attention span: very low
• Flow: Logical and consistent
LOGO
[and tagline]
OPENING SLIDE
This is the most important slide because it is read when investors has the
peak of their attention (around 30 seconds).
If they don’t understand what your business is about here, they won’t
understand the rest of the deck and will pass.
• Describe your business in the most simple and straight forward way
possible.
• Do not include the problem you are addressing and business model, they
will come later.
Tips: describe it as you would describe it to customers.
An investor wants to understand who, why and for how much somebody
would buy your offering.
BUSINESS DESCRIPTION
What problem are your addressing and why does it exist? What makes your
offering needed by the market? Sometimes this is self-explanatory so try to
focus on why YOUR offering is wanted.
• Describe the Customer Pain
• Give the feeling of inevitability: that problem is going to be there and
somebody is going to take advantage of it, whether it is you or somebody
else.
• Outline how the customer addresses the issue today.
If you succeed in presenting the problem this way, the VC will not wonder if
there is a business case but everything will become just a matter of “who”, of
evaluating if you are the right company for that.
The rest of the deck should prove that…
PROBLEM
Why are you the best company to solve the problem?
Explain your value proposition to serve the problem.
• Highlight your USP (Unique Selling Proposition) to prove that you are
the right company to solve the problem and to make the customer life
better.
You can use:
- User cases
- Example with comparables
Or any other material that proves your point according to your company’s
situation.
The answer should be in line with the features of the problem you described.
SOLUTION

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Pitch deck template

  • 1. PITCH DECK TEMPLATE Content: 1. OPENING SLIDE 2. BUSINESS DESCRIPTION 3. PROBLEM 4. SOLUTION 5. MARKET SIZE 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE AND DIFFERENTIATION 7. SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE 8. TRACTION / STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT 9. BUSINESS MODEL AND MONETIZATION 10. MILESTONES AND INVESTMENT PROPOSITION 11. TEAM 12. CONCLUSION
  • 2. BEFORE READING THE TEMPLATE We would like to introduce you to the type of format we used so that you can better understand the approach and key takeaways we would like you to reach with this document. A different kind of template We grew increasingly dissatisfied with templates that include with detailed information on every single element to include in each slide of a pitch deck. They are very structured and not flexible enough to take into consideration the different situations of the companies. Presentation becomes mechanical and standardised, while it should be the expression of the company creating it. This approach is more focused on the principles and on the message you want each slide to convey to the investors. Premises • Goal: mitigate risk perception • Attention span: very low • Flow: Logical and consistent
  • 4. This is the most important slide because it is read when investors has the peak of their attention (around 30 seconds). If they don’t understand what your business is about here, they won’t understand the rest of the deck and will pass. • Describe your business in the most simple and straight forward way possible. • Do not include the problem you are addressing and business model, they will come later. Tips: describe it as you would describe it to customers. An investor wants to understand who, why and for how much somebody would buy your offering. BUSINESS DESCRIPTION
  • 5. What problem are your addressing and why does it exist? What makes your offering needed by the market? Sometimes this is self-explanatory so try to focus on why YOUR offering is wanted. • Describe the Customer Pain • Give the feeling of inevitability: that problem is going to be there and somebody is going to take advantage of it, whether it is you or somebody else. • Outline how the customer addresses the issue today. If you succeed in presenting the problem this way, the VC will not wonder if there is a business case but everything will become just a matter of “who”, of evaluating if you are the right company for that. The rest of the deck should prove that… PROBLEM
  • 6. Why are you the best company to solve the problem? Explain your value proposition to serve the problem. • Highlight your USP (Unique Selling Proposition) to prove that you are the right company to solve the problem and to make the customer life better. You can use: - User cases - Example with comparables Or any other material that proves your point according to your company’s situation. The answer should be in line with the features of the problem you described. SOLUTION
  • 7. Set-up the historical evolution of your category. Define recent trends that make your solution possible. Tips: Make it visual using a timeline WHY NOW?
  • 8. Now that the investor see that there is a problem in the market and a business opportunity to provide a solution, the next logical question is: How big is this business opportunity? There are a lot of theories on how to estimate the market size, Tips: Use references close to your product and solution. Example of ice-cream factory: don’t use market size of frozen products worldwide, but limit it to your local market and ice-creams. Don’t be afraid to use comparable companies as a reference (e.g.: combined turnover of current players): if you follow our instructions, investors will already have a hint on why you will be able to win the market. Calculate the TAM (top down), SAM (bottoms up), and SOM if you know something about this method. After calculating the market size, target a market share to reach within a # of years. The market share should not be larger than the market share of the present market leader unless the sector is growing through rapid changes and disruption. MARKET SIZE
  • 9. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE AND DIFFERENTIATION The best way is to identify 2 to 4 competitors and benchmark your company on a given set of features (possibly the same the customers of your problem want to see) and highlight how your offering is superior and will stand out. What do investors want to understand from this slide? That you perfectly understand what customers wants, because it is the key to solve the market. Moreover, this slide shows that you studied the market and learned from your competitors’ experience to develop your company. If you don’t have any competitor yet, include comparable companies. This is very useful in case you are creating a new market. If you don’t include them, investors don’t have anything to do research upon or evaluate your offering and you risk that they doubt there is even a market opportunity (not accomplishing the goal or mitigation of perceived risk). Example: booking website for ski rentals used as a comparable company for a bike rental booking website
  • 10. The previous slide explains why you are superior to your competitors today. In this one you should focus on how you will be able to retain your competitive advantage over time in face of new competition that will definitely arise if the opportunity is as big as you pitched in the first slides. How is your offering not going to be copied or even improved? In other terms: What barriers to entry will you create to new competition (coming from new entrants or even incumbents)? They vary according to the various business models, but some example are: - Network effects - Data supremacy - Fast distribution - Lock in effects Tips: “First mover advantage” is not convincing enough Investors should not doubt that you will be able to keep that edge over competition. SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
  • 11. What have you achieved to prove what you stated so far? Give facts! Traction can be based on a lot of different KPIs according to your business case. Especially in early stages, companies may on purpose decide to focus on one KPI instead of another, that can be different even for companies operating in the same market. Focus on giving numbers on the factors that you highlighted as your main competitive advantage in the previous slides. Examples includes: - MaU (Monthly active Users) - DaU (Daily active Users) - Annual or Monthly Recurring Revenues (ARR or MRR) - Volume on transaction for, e.g., payment service providers or a market place - Number of customers - Important distribution partnerships - Prototypes if you have tangible products Choose two to three important KPIs for you and show what you have done to achieve them until now. TRACTION / STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT
  • 12. This topic can also be included before or as part of the previous slide, depending on your case, but it is usually better to separate them. You should explain here how you will be able to generate substantial cash flows and revenues in the future, which is also connected to your competitive advantage. Clearly define how the company will generate most of its revenues and when. Some companies may plan a change in business model, decide to monetize at a later stage, or increase prices in the future. This is not a problem, as soon as you make sure that investors clearly understand where are you heading to. BUSINESS MODEL AND MONETISATION STRATEGY
  • 13. The most effective way to present the capital need and the use of funds is to describe the use of capital in function of reaching target KPIs (the same of the traction slide to be consistent and logical). - Make a timeline - Outline how the capital will grow each KPI you described in the traction slide This approach is very clear to understand and easy to measure after the investment. Tip: time horizon should be 18 months (max. 3 years, more than that sounds too speculative) Don’t give the impression the capital will be used to finish products or startup operations but rather say EXPAND. Capital fuels the engine, does to build one. Avoid to give that impression! Websites are never done, everybody knows that. Why would you say that then? It sounds early stage and increases the perceived risk. Example: don’t say “adding Spanish language” but rather “expanding to Spanish-speaking countries” MILESTONES AND INVESTMENT PROPOSITION
  • 14. At early stages investors are investing in the people more than on the business. This is your slide to shine. It can be that you want to include it earlier in the deck, but it depends on the specific cases. What do investors look for? - Experience in the field (from previous employments or startups) - Successful exits - How many years you worked together with founders and colleagues The team should be cross-functional If you are raising money to hire developers to build the platform from scratch, good luck! It is important to have a team that, at current stage, can already deliver upon the most important elements for building the venture. You should also be able to work in a complementary way, so that the output is bigger than the sum. TEAM
  • 15. FINANCIALS In this section, be very thoughtful with the content, as viewers will spend the most time on this section: • P & L • Balance Sheet • Cash flow • Cap table • The deal Some tips: • Include 3-5 years of financial projections • Mention key & critical assumptions in your model of expenses, customer conversion, market penetration % • Highlight each of these Yearly for at least 3 years:  Total Customers - Total Revenue - Total Expense - EBITDA
  • 16. Thank you note and contact details - Email - Phone number - Company address (geography is an important factor) Include only one contact person He/she should be in charge of fundraising, better if it’s the CEO: investors want to talk to leaders. This will be the only reference person during the negotiation and after the transaction. CONCLUSION
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