Creating a successful pitch deck for your startup requires some effort, but its well worth it in the end. Here are a few tips to help you craft the perfect startup pitch deck:
Slide 1: Elevator Pitch
A five-line quick pitch on what the Company does, what new benefits it provides, how it is differentiated from competitors, etc.
Slide 2: Vision & Mission Statement
Define the vision and mission statement of the Company.
Slides 3-4: Market & Industry Environment
Provide facts about the market, such as market definition, key segments, and size of target segments, growth rates, key market trends, competitive scenario, and entry barriers.
Slides 5-6: Value Proposition, Key Products/Services & Differentiation
Explain why customers are passionate about the Company’s products/services, what benefits they get, and how the business is deeply differentiated on a sustainable basis.
Slide 7: Business Model and Sales/Marketing Strategy
Describe the sales/marketing strategy, product/brand positioning, sales/distribution strategy, business development alliances/partnerships, and pricing approach.
Slide 8: Market Traction
Provide metrics such as key accounts, number of unique users, distribution partners, average revenue per account/user, etc., and forecast projections for the next four quarters.
Slide 9: Management Team
Share facts about the team’s past and why it can meet the challenges posed by a dynamic market environment.
Slide 10: Organization
Describe the human resource structure, number of employees and locations, Board of Directors, and Board of Advisors (if any).
Slide 11: Financials
Show audited annual high-level Profit and Loss statement for the last three years (if applicable) and projections for the next three years, with a breakdown of revenues by the main business lines/products/services.
Slide 12: Exit
Explain why an extremely well-funded new entrant in the market will not succeed in dislodging the Company’s position.
Slide 13: Capital
Tell us how much money is being raised and how it will be deployed across the business streams/segments/functions. Also, include information on the capital shareholding structure, history of earlier funding, and recent exit valuations in the market.
Slide 14: Risks & Gaps
Share the specific risks and gaps that the venture and market/industry face and the steps being taken to mitigate them.
By following these tips and creating a comprehensive, polished pitch deck, you’ll have a much better chance of securing the investments you need to grow your business. Good luck!