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  2. 2. Pitching Investors Best Practices by STARTUP STUDIO MONTERREY •  Based in Sequoia Capital, Crowdfunder, LinkedIn, Greylock and Tech Stars recommendations for Investors Pith Decks.
  3. 3. Four pillars of great pitch delivery SIMPLICITY CLARITY PASSION PRACTICE
  4. 4. What Your Pitch Deck Is For… •  The purpose of your Deck is not to answer all possible questions, nor close immediate investment. •  It is to open investors minds to your vision and get them excited to know more. •  The story you craft in your Deck gets them engaged…
  5. 5. What Your Pitch Deck Is For… •  You want to give enough information to grab their interest, but not too much as to overwhelm them. •  Give them enough to get excited about, but leave them wanting more. •  Your Deck should be able to stand on its own, without your presentation. •  Compelling Decks are concise, tell a story, are visual, 10-13 slides.
  6. 6. Common Deck Mistakes •  Too many slides, too much information. •  “Wordy slides”: To avoid, follow Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule of Power Point for slide design. 10 slides / 20 minutes to present the slides / 30 point font or greater. •  Too many product details, or too many financial details.
  7. 7. Common Deck Mistakes •  Belittling competitors. •  False confidence or arrogance. •  False and/or silly assumptions you can’t back up or don’t have data on.
  8. 8. Pitch Deck Content 1)  Company Intro - A quick and memorable one-liner summary of your startup 2)  Problem: What need do you fill? Other solutions 3)  Solution: Your solution 4)  Market Opportunity: Define market size & customer base 5)  The Product 6)  Business Model: Monetization / Key Revenue Streams 7)  Market Approach & Strategy: How to obtain & grow your business 8)  Unique Value Proposition & Competition 9)  Team & Key Stakeholders (Investors, Advisors) 10)  Momentum & Traction: Your key numbers 11)  Financials 12)  Investment: Your ‘Ask’ for funding, Basic use of funds Optional Slides: Intellectual Property, Exit Strategy, Partnership Agreements, Product/Service Demo, Existing Sales/Clients.
  9. 9. 1. Company Intro •  A quick one-liner summary that combines your vision/ product and the mission of your company •  Keep it short and memorable. •  Try: making it relatable… as in “We are X for Y” o  (“We are UBER for Food Delivery”) o  (“We are AirBNB for Event Spaces”) o  (“We are the Starbucks of Frozen Yogurt”)
  10. 10. Op#mizely:  Make  every  experience  count.     Airbnb:  Welcome  home.     Tradesy:  Tradesy  turns  your  closet  into  cash.  
  11. 11. 2. The Problem •  Define the real problem/need you’re solving, and for who. •  List current solutions •  Who else is already doing this, and how are they going about it and what are they not getting right or doing wrong?
  12. 12. 3. Solution •  Explain your solution… •  Tell the story of your customer and how customers use/ value your solution.
  13. 13. 4. Market Opportunity •  Define Your Market: What business/space you are in •  Total Market Size: Dollar Size, Your Place/Niche •  Customers: Clearly define exactly who you serve •  Macro Trends & Insights
  14. 14. 5. Product •  Images and visuals are better than lots of text: show don’t tell. •  DEMO of your product
  15. 15. 6. Business (Revenue) Model •  Who is your primary customer & how do you make money •  What is the pricing / model •  Show basic math on revenues and conversion rates •  Life-time value of an average Customer (How many months, how many dollars?)
  16. 16. 7. Marketing & Growth Strategy •  Where are your customers looking today and finding help? •  Where will you get in front of them? •  How will you achieve your target growth rates? •  What are the most important and unique channels and methods you will use to find and win customers? •  How are you doing it differently than others in the space?
  17. 17. 8. Unique Value Proposition & Competition •  Where do you exist in the larger overall Market Space? •  What are your Advantages? Unique Value Proposition. •  How is your place in the market unique to you, and the right one for your company growth and customers? •  Who are the competitors, why have they succeeded, and how do you truly differentiate from them?
  18. 18. 9. Team •  Highlight key team members and their prior positions, successes, domain expertise. •  Demonstrate relevant experience. •  Which roles are the keys to success in your company/ space? •  List your advisors.
  19. 19. Team slide example
  20. 20. 10. Momentum & Traction •  Show your timeline and milestones to date •  Growth metrics are key at early stage •  Revenue and # of customers to date (if exist) •  Highlight press, partnerships, accolades •  Customer success stories and/or testimonials
  21. 21. 11. Financials •  Include 3-5 years of financial projections •  Mention key & critical assumptions in your model of expenses, customer conversion, market penetration % •  Highlight each of these Yearly for at least 3 years: o  Total Customers o  Total Revenue o  Total Expense o  EBITDA
  22. 22. 12. Investment •  State how much Capital you are raising, and with what general Terms: Equity, Debt, Convertible Note •  What is the timing of your Capital raise? •  Who are your existing & notable investors, if any? •  What are your key Use of Proceeds (as % of total raise): o  Founder salaries o  Sales & Marketing o  New hires o  Technology / Product or Service development o  Capital expenses / equipment
  23. 23. Pitch Deck Example
  24. 24. Report
  25. 25. •  DocSend,  a  startup  that  provides  people  with  a  secure   and  private  way  of  sharing  files  like  offer  le?ers  or  legal   agreements,  studied  more  than  200  pitchdecks  to  figure   out  the  right  way  to  graduate  from  bootstrapped  to   seed-­‐funded,  or  from  angels  to  a  Series  A.   •  They  partnered  with  Harvard  Business  School  professor   Tom  Eisenmann  to  look  at  companies  that  had  raised   $360  million  in  total.     What did they find?
  26. 26. Anexos- Startup Studio Monterrey
  27. 27. –  Es un studio de Innovación y Emprendimiento para startups con base tecnológica. –  Mediante un programa basado en mejores prácticas de Silicon Valley y una gran diversidad de importantes recursos, Startup Studio Monterrey apoya a Emprendedores Mexicanos para que transformen ágilmente sus ideas en productos y servicios y sean una realidad en el mercado. ¿Qué es Startup Studio Monterrey?
  28. 28. ¿Qué ofrece Startup Studio? 38 Programa     de  aceleración  de  startups   Espacio  y  cultura  innovadora  y   colaboraCva   Conocimiento  prác#co   mentoría  de  expertos   Networking  con  red  global  de   emprendedores   Herramientas  tencológicas  y   de  negocio   Conexiones  con  empresas  de   la  industria   Exposición     y  promoción   Puente  hacia     ecosistema  de  EUA   Vinculación  con   inversionistas  y  fondos  
  29. 29. 3 9 Aliados estratégicos –  TECNOLÓGICOS —  DE INDUSTRIA —  GUBERNAMENTALES —  ESTRATÉGICOS
  30. 30. Equipos de talento Emprendedor Mexicano que tengan una idea, proyecto o startup con las siguientes características: •  Basados en Tecnologías de Información. •  Enfoque en mercado global—con alto potencial de mercado. •  Alto grado de Innovación. •  Modelo de negocio escalable y sustentable. •  Generación de impacto social y ambiental positivo. •  Equipo dedicado para el proyecto (mínimo 2, máximo 5 integrantes). Recomendacion: multidisciplinario. ¿Quiénes pueden participar? 40