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How to Pitch a New Business Idea - A Checklist for Entrepreneurs

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Your start-up idea can be a market-changing solution to an empty need. You have identified an isolated area in the marketplace and have the most profitable solution for the same. Communicating this idea thoroughly and concisely is an essential part of your business. New business ideas are a tough sell. It can be one of the most challenging aspects of any business plan to execute, but if you invest in your idea, you must do everything in your power to ensure it comes to fruition.

The first thing to do before you approach potential investors is to understand what people in the investment community think about your idea. Investors have a lot of information, and they base their decisions on quantitative and qualitative factors on the latest business ideas.

Identifying these potential investors is the most gratifying part, as it indicates whether or not your idea can succeed. Get ahead of the competition by developing a winning business pitch that engages your audience.

The Anatomy of a Great Pitch

You must create a pleasing business pitch. There is no denying the importance of an effective business plan in a pitch. The right images, graphics, and words speak volumes about your start-up ideas. A well-thought-out business plan should accompany each proposal.

When pitching a company for investment, the best way to get their attention is to outline how your business will add significant value to the customers and society as a whole. So how do you prove that your product or service will help investors make money? You've already done your homework and understand the market space. You also have a solid business plan and financials to support your claim.

When all of these things come together, you've nailed a perfect pitch that stands out in the crowd and makes it easy for investors to see how they'll benefit from investing in your company.

Never underestimate the power of body language. Your posture, your pitch, the way you make eye contact, and your hand movements are all significant factors that ensure you have captured your audience's interest. You are their probable partners for the long run; they would need to feel your dependability and cooperativeness.

Factors to consider when pitching a business idea

When pitching to investors and other potential partners, it's essential to be efficient. You need to get straight to the point. This can be tough if you've never pitched before. Still, if you've got a good idea and some solid information about your business, then all it takes is a few short sentences that sum up what makes your venture unique while describing how that uniqueness translates into value for customers and investors alike. Use your own story to make the pitch more relatable. Pitching is also a way to get feedback on your idea, so be open-minded and receptive to any feedback. Listed below are the tricks to nail that pitch to perfection!

Who to Pitch & Why?

Think like an investor and investigate your potential investors. Investors usually look for specific requirements before making an investment decision. Detail out those criteria and attend to each of those. At some point, you'll have to decide how much “hard sell” you want to do and how much research you want to put into the person who will ultimately invest in your company.

A successful fundraising pitch starts with understanding who you are pitching to and their needs. Are you catering to the new business ideas they are looking for? Has the potential investor attended a similar business plan presentation earlier?

Knowing the investor's backgrounds and expectations will help you determine who is right for the table. Knowledge of who your investor is and what start-up ideas. They have previously invested in will give you a good picture of who they are and help you develop your pitch. Understanding where their previous investments went can also help shape a good pitch for them.

Knowing where your start-up is in the funding process is important, but it can be hard to determine. Many start-ups go through many different stages of funding before they raise capital. Seed investing, angel investing, and venture capital are all common ways to fund a company. Knowing what stage your company is in can help you nail down where to look for seed money or angel investors.

Every investor has a different investment philosophy. Your job is to find an investor who shares your vision, values, and approach and nail your business plan presentation.

Brand Yourself, Not Literally

Here is where your personality comes into play. Who you are and what partnership you bring to the table, the goodwill you hold, and the promise you will deliver. All this makes a vast difference to the investors. Their willingness to fund your start-up idea highly depends upon the form you carry, the conviction you hold, and the confidence you display.

Investors are very inquisitive and will want prompt answers to their queries. They will raise questions such as, how will you increase your market share and get more customers than the competition? The conviction with which you demonstrate your market strategies will have a massive impact.

They will surely be searching for dependability and synergy among your partners. How well do you take constructive criticism? They also want to see evidence of past execution and clear communication skills. The trick is to go all out with character and humility and build equity for yourself.

Narrate your masterpiece!

Investors are constantly meeting entrepreneurs brimming with the latest business ideas every day. The impact you make largely depends on how you choose to narrate your start-up idea. A great way to deliver this is to identify problem statements and provide resolutions.

Share examples, create probable scenarios, provide the best solutions, and let your story be heard, enjoyed, and shared. Make use of data visualization tactics. Craft out your business plan presentation in the most creative manner possible. Give them an experience of your plan and Go to Market strategies for them to know the full potential of your new business idea.

The key to a successful pitch is being genuine and honest and staying professional. There are many rules of etiquette, but the most important one is: don't be over-the-top. Don't talk about how unique your new business idea will be or how much money it would make for them if they invested in it (unless that's what you want them to hear). Instead, focus on why they should care about what you have planned and share some personal details with them—this way they'll feel more connected with who you are as a person and be more likely to trust in your ability as an entrepreneur.

Give the full story

As much as the investors enjoy your story, you must remember they are here to leverage this opportunity. They will want a detailed study of your venture. Be informative, and share all your knowledge. Give them thorough projections, annual growth numbers, quarterly assessments if any, in-depth knowledge of the market, knowledge of the consumers, and profitability and competition analysis.

Include pointers that are specific to the sector as well as broader macroeconomic trends. Share with your investors a detailed market research report and profitability associated with joining hands with your venture. Throw light upon how you will gain a foothold in your markets and develop significant profit margins. Feed them the minutest of detail but stage it excitingly.

Highlight milestones

It's all about profits! Take the investors through the journey. Show them timelines of each milestone achievement and the profits associated with them. The cycle, the pace, the return, the growth, and where your investors stand at each stage of this partnership journey. Show them all their options, exit strategies, and the like. When attending to new business ideas, investors want to know it all.

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Pitch Styles to nail your presentation

Here we shall share with you three intriguing styles of pitches. You can opt for the best-suited style to your business plan ecosystem and set your stage into action.

The Elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a short description of your business idea, products, or services. It can be delivered in person, over the phone, or at a networking event. The pitch should capture the interest of investors immediately.

Elevator pitches should be 30-60 seconds long and must be simple, clear, and concise so that they can stay in the memory of the investors! What you say in the first 30 seconds of your elevator pitch will determine if they continue to listen. This type of pitch gives the listener a condensed amount of time to decide whether you're the best candidate for funding.

It's an opportunity to spark a conversation and grab that meeting opportunity where you can present to them in detail. It must be concise yet engaging enough to spark the interest of the investors toward new business ideas.

The Short-Form Pitch

The aim of pitching short-form presentations is to convey your message in the clearest, most concise way possible. Pitching to investors is a sales process, and it's not just about your ideas or product — it's about presenting yourself as an exciting source of profit for them. This style of pitch garners much-needed attention toward a long-form pitch.

The Long-Form Pitch

In this stage, all the attention is on you, and your performance will be judged. The moment where you have bagged their time, every minute counts. Detail out your business proposal: market size, SWOT, competition study, marketing plans, financial projections, revenue model, and customer experiences, if any.

This stage is your golden chance. Fill your investor with the details of your business plan, its yearly projections, and sustainability. Share insightful strategies to attract and retain your customers. As mentioned above, give them an experience of your plan and Go to market strategy (GTM) strategies for them to know the full potential of your new business idea.

The perfect landing!

Investors searching for new business ideas are on the lookout for proposals that give them the most value and ROI. The act of choosing your investors wisely and providing them with detailed information regarding business strategies and anticipated revenues they will make from this venture, you shall have landed that perfect pitch!



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