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Find Investors


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This presentation explains how to find investors for your startup or existing business. Outlines the various types of investors including Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Banks.

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Find Investors

  1. 1. How to Find Investors For Your Startup or Existing Business by
  2. 2. Key Items • Find the Proper Type of Investor • Create a Compelling Pitch • Avoid Common Mistakes • The 10/20/30 Rule
  3. 3. The Proper Type of Investor • Angel Investor: Invest $25K to $500K. Invest in early stage startups as well as existing businesses. • Commercial/Retail Bank: Risk averse. Prefer traditional & safer ventures such as dental/medical/law practices. Offer SBA loans. • Private Equity: Often provide secondary funding to existing businesses. Traditionally focus on mid-sized companies. Less demanding than VCs. • Venture Capitalist: Seek high-growth, high-potential companies. Invest $500K and up. Demand greater control & return on investment.
  4. 4. Create a Compelling Pitch • Make It Current: Describe how your product/service fits into today’s environment and why it’s relevant. • Make It Interesting: A long boring fact/date filled pitch will put investors to sleep. Keep them attentive and awake by making your pitch have some personality to it. • Demonstrate Value: Offer 3 key points on why you’re better than your competition. • Keep It Soft: On first approach, tell them you just want to bounce the idea off them, rather than directly ask them for money on the first encounter.
  5. 5. Avoid Common Mistakes • Avoid Jargon: Investors might not be familiar with your industry & technical language, and it won’t impress them. Speak in simple terms. • No Ego: Act too overconfident and you’ll end up looking like a fool. Investors are the ones with the cash, and you’re at their mercy. • KISS: Keep it simple, stupid. Avoid getting into too much detail. • Competition Exists: Never say you have no competition. Everyone, including Google, has competition. It makes you sound naïve. • The 1% Mistake: Never say “All we have to do is get 1% of X and we’ll make X money.” Instead, focus on how you’ll get any % at all.
  6. 6. The 10/20/30 Rule • 10 Slides Maximum • 20 Minutes Maximum Presentation • 30 Points Minimum Font Size • Do NOT Read Your Slides Verbatim
  7. 7. Get Funded! • To broadcast your idea or pitch to tens of thousands of investors, check out Go BIG Network; the world’s largest community of company investors.