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The Business Plan Pitch

Kirstie Chadwick Director

pitch how your business will solve a tangible problem that exists TODAY!! . team or product • You ARE pitching what your business will do for investors and for customers • SO.Very Important Point • You are NOT pitching a great idea.

metropolitan areas .S.Example • WRONG: – We are the smartest telecom guys in the world and we are gonna install high bandwidth wireless telecom infrastructure in really tall downtown buildings in big cities all over the world • BETTER: – We enable you to use your cell phone anywhere inside every building in all major U.

Five year financial forecast with milestones Investment request with ROI expectation .biz model Partnerships and alliances Sales and distribution plan The experience of the team.Elements of the Pitch • • • • • • • • • • • The Hook. etc. board.pain point or heart grabber Brief description of product/service Brief market description with opportunity Brief description of competition How you are different from other solutions How you will make money .

a referral to others. no one else will be either  Request – Ask recipient for permission to call. or feedback  Short – assume you have less than a minute.Elevator Pitch “Must Haves”  Hook – statement or question that immediately piques interest of recipient  Passion – if you are not excited about your business. and sometimes only time for a few sentences .

We will change the way people invest their money.The Hook • The hook should simply ID the pain you solve – – – – We make Napster legal Have you ever had your cell phone fail inside a building? Imagine a rubber coating that conducts electricity…. • Tag lines can be used as a form of a hook – GE brings good things to light – NY Times – “All the news that is fit to print” – Venture Lab – “Where education is a venture” .

The Product Pitch • KISS – Keep It Simple. Stupid • Kill the geek speak • Focus on customer benefits. not technical benefits • Tell a story that paints a personal picture for your audience .

The KISS of the Devil Too Much Information • WRONG: Our technology is the first integrated and automatic book scanner that will scan and digitize bound documents at a speed of 1.200 PPM at a fraction of the cost of existing solutions based on a disruptive digital imaging technology initially developed at Bell Labs and protected by 12 patents. • BETTER: We capture the future of knowledge by seamlessly digitizing physical libraries at a very low cost. .

. fax and wireless communication devices with our 2048-bit Hellman encryption algorithm that is combined with the latest 168-bit Hellman DES. • BETTER: We allow you to communicate safely on a broad range of digital devices.Geek Speak Is Boring… • WRONG: We provide non-penetrable intrusion detection for digital voice.

Customer Benefits. adaptable Secure networking Improves network performance • Increase your revenues • Reduces your risk • Cut your costs by 30% SO WHAT??? . Not Technical Benefits Technical Benefits Business Benefits • • • • Seamless integration Scalable.

000 hospitals in the U.S. that need the ability to visualize MRI images in 3D . there are 4. • Reference a brand-name customer that is using your product (or that has expressed interest) – The FAA has determined that we are the only security system that is able to rapidly move people through security check points while exceeding their security needs • Quantify your market size with numbers that are from a trusted 3rd party source – According to the American Hospital Association.The Market Pitch – Tie to a Burning Need!! • ID the problem or need you solve in 1-2 sentences – We allow any cell phone to work anywhere inside buildings that utilize our wireless network solution.

Know Thy Competition & Acknowledge It Microsoft You .

but ours is the only one that folds into the PDA device when it is not in use – While there are many wireless router boxes on the market. but we allow children to take an oral dose instead of a shot – There are many flavors of PDA keyboards. ours is able to send signals through cement and steel walls .Neutralize Your Competition • Pitch 1-2 Unique Differentiators that paint a picture – We use the same insulin compound provided in Merck’s drugs.

So. and we will receive a royalty from Dell for each installation . and charge advertisers for each exposure – Our portable fuel cells will be installed in laptops. and then charge a usage fee for all calls that we carry – We provide free access to our medical information website for consumers. How Will You Make Money? (Optional – depends on time and uniqueness of business) • Simple description of your business model • Recurring revenue models are ideal – We will install the wireless network in a building at no charge.

.Why Invest in You? • Fact – investors invest in people. not products – Our founders have over 20 years of combined experience in the telecom industry – Our board includes two top executives in the restaurant franchise industry – Our technical staff has a combined portfolio of over 30 medical device patents – We just recruited John Smith to run our sales team. You may recall that John took Google from $3 million to $100 million in sales in two years.

. Who would you recommend for us to ask to join our board? – Could I have your card? I would like my CTO to follow up with you on your technical questions. What do you think of our business model? – I know you have a lot of contacts in the energy utility business.Will You Help Me? • Always end with a request: – Could I follow up with you at a more convenient time to present our company in more depth? – Given your background. I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

Don’t engage the recipient via questions that request them to engage with you . Take too long to get to the pain/problem that you are solving 3.Top 3 Elevator Pitch Mistakes 1. Focus on selling a cool product/idea instead of on the viability of the business 2.

and Bob Marriott has recently agreed to join our Board of Directors. we are the only vendor that enables communications to penetrate steel and other high density construction materials.An example – Have you ever had your cell phone fail inside a building? – We provide a communications network that enables any cell phone to work anywhere inside all types buildings. and then charge a usage fee for all calls that we carry on our networks – Our founders have over 25 years of design experience in communications systems. – The FCC has determined that over 60% of the 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S. The percentage is even higher in international markets – While there are many vendors that provide internal wireless networks. while ensuring your communications are secure. Can I follow up with you next week to discuss our business in depth? . which significantly reduces the cost of installation – We will install the wireless network in a building at no charge. inhibit wireless or cell phone communications from within. – It is my understanding that you invest in young communications companies.

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