A pitch deck is a compilation of text and images that illustrate a venture’s story and business model. Pitch decks do three things: get people to understand, get people interested, and get people to take action. Entrepreneurs use pitch decks to raise money, build partnerships, sell products and services, and recruit employees. Pitch decks are one of the most powerful tools in an early-stage entrepreneur’s toolbox. They represent everything that is valuable about the startup including the vision, the team, the core elements of the business model, insights into consumers and perspective of the industry that the venture plans to disrupt
- The Hook – I refer to it as the “wow” statement. Get their attention early (see two-sentence pitch)
- Opportunity – What problem is the venture trying to solve or what you do?
- Solution – Product or service description
- Market – Size of market and target customer segments
- Competition – Overview of competitive landscape and what sets you apart
- Business Model – Costs, revenue and path to profitability
- Go to Market Strategy (? marketing plan, sales, customer acquisition, plan to scale, fundraising)
- Management Team – Placed either near the beginning or near the end
- Status & Milestones – Current status, accomplishments and upcoming milestones
A pitch deck also represents the company and is often the first formal document that a prospective investor, partner, customer or employee will see. Take the time and effort to make it smart, concise and the story compelling. Pitch decks can be easily revised and customized to your audience.
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