Investor pitch · Pitch competition

There are so many places to pitch your project, how do you choose the best ones or should you choose them all?

Jeffrey Stansfield Ringmaster of Esports Circus: Come run away with the circus

November 30th, 2020

Every day I get pitched a new place to pay my hundred bucks to pitch my 90 second pitch. Are these really worth it? Other than getting practice do these really help? How do you choose the right one?

Tim Krebs CFO, CFA, startup advisor & capital raising

December 2nd, 2020

Do you mean an investment pitch? If so, I would not suggest that you pay anyone, there are a ton of free platforms out there. Check out 1 million cups, gust, or just google search for venture / startup groups in your area. hope that helps?

Chad Pavel CFO for Startups

December 4th, 2020

I'd try to spend more time pitching customers than investors. ProductHunt...Facebook Groups...LinkedIn Groups...sending 1,000 cold emails / or Facebook Ads to landing page with a headline, video, signup page...etc.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

Last updated on December 8th, 2020

Anyone asking you to pay to listen to your pitch is in the business of collecting $100 bills from suckers, not in investing. They don't even help you practice because you're not likely to get useful feedback.

It sounds like you may not even know what kind of investor needs to hear your story (not pitch), and that's a first step. Allow me to recommend the book "The Art of Startup Fundraising" written by the creator of CoFoundersLab, Alejandro Cremades. To be sure, there are 6 different types of investors. Each of them has different wants and needs to be approached with a different set of information. Most likely there will only be one or two types that are a match for the type of business or stage you're in.

Any investor or investment group you have not researched should not be pitched. If you don't know about their past investments, the results, the qualifications, the personalities, don't pitch them. Do your research first!

What I'm going to recommend is an entirely different strategy. Re-write your business plan as though you knew you would never get a dime of outside money. What would you do differently so your company would be self-funded? Investors favor companies that don't need their money, but where their money enables something extraordinary.

Since most entrepreneurs will never get an investor dime, a plan that doesn't require one is a good plan. Figure out how to begin on your own nickel and you'll be in a far stronger position with potential investors.

My first question to a company like yours would be, "How much of your own money have you already put in and what has it gotten you?" There are several answers that would immediately turn me off, and you can probably guess what those are. No one wants to invest in someone who will use their money to run an experiment.