This presentation was made at DreamIt Ventures in July 2008. It discusses approaches entrepreneurs can use to "de-risk" their business plan, idea, service, or product before raising substantial sums of money (e.g, VC investment). Many entrepreneurs don't realize that there are many "out of box" ideas and techniques they can use to reduce risk in their business idea without spending or seeking significant capital investment. Finally, by applying the techniques and checklists included in this presentation, entrepreneurs will be much more likely to secure angel or venture capital investments. Written and presented by Steve Barsh.