What are the best hacks to improve your pitch deck? Ready to create a winning pitch deck that attracts the capital and investors your startup needs to be successful? Check out these hacks and smart tips for building a better pitch deck…
Your pitch deck is the key to raising the financial fuel your venture needs, as well as enrolling your ideal investors who will become pivotal stakeholders and business partners. Unfortunately, this is one area in which entrepreneurs still really struggle with nailing.
Whether you are just preparing to craft a pitch deck for the first time, or you aren’t getting the results you hoped for, these tips and hacks will help improve your chances of fundraising success.
Recognize that you will often only have one chance to get your pitch deck right when approaching investors. These are the essentials and improvements you need to make so that you don’t blow that all-important first impression and connection.
What Makes A Good Pitch Deck?
Make sure you are sticking to these golden rules for acceptable and investor approved pitch decks. If you can’t nail these basics, don’t expect investors to take you seriously.
Simplicity & Clarity
The number one foundational principle of a successful pitch deck that 99% of entrepreneurs fail at is trying to cram in too much information.
They think more information and detail is better. They think they can make up for their lack of self-confidence or established credibility with more text and data and explanation of their technology. That just isn’t true. It not only does the opposite in showing how inexperienced you are and how little confidence you have, but it will also sabotage your fundraising efforts at every turn.
It also leads to that other critical mistake, demanding NDAs before showing the deck to anyone. That just isn’t going to happen when you are approaching serious investors that actually have the capital and experience to help you build this business to its full potential.
If in doubt, leave it out.
A great pitch deck is simple, clean, and displays the few most important points you need to convey very crisply and clearly.
Think big fonts. At least 30 points. Embrace more white space. This is one of the key hacks to improve your pitch deck.
Keep in mind that in fundraising storytelling is everything. In this regard for a winning pitch deck to help you here, take a look at the template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash.
Remember to unlock the pitch deck template that is being used by founders around the world to raise millions below.
Failure at the above typically shows up as either cramming too much onto slides, or having too many slides in your deck.
As an early-stage startup, you do not need more than ten slides. No ifs, and, or buts.
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