We've been preparing our valuation model in https://dadpardaz.com and now we would like to start to pitch for investors and get their attention.
I want to find someone to speak with who has this experience before I go to pitch for investors officially. We would like to get feedback about our pitch deck and overall chances of getting funding and any other useful hints/help.
The first step to getting the right feedback for your pitch is to find the people who you think are qualified to comment in the field.
In terms of expertise, you should look for these:
-Previous experience / involvement in startups
-Experience or involvement in VC's or Seed Funds
-A startup mentor
-Someone who acts as a judge in demo days
-Knowledge of the principles that goes into creating a good pitch deck. (I would recommend the book by Jason Calacanis and the part about pitch decks)
-Domain expertise (specific to your domain is ideal but not the most important thing)
You can find these people in clarity.fm (I am one!) as on other platforms such as Upwork & Shapr as well.
Hello! As a Co-Founder and Head of Development, I've created multiple pitch decks and presentations for investors. I've worked with my mentors to make sure that our company's pitch decks and presentations engage our audience.
One thing to note: You can have the best idea in the world, but if it's not communicated correctly, the people you are presenting will not pay any attention or feel inclined to give you money. It's very important to incorporate engaging elements (like a relatable story outlining the problem your business is solving) into your presentation to make sure that grabs your audience's attention. I would be happy to provide some feedback on your deck in a follow-up call!
As far as I know, there is not a formalized service to achieve this. Try tapping into your network and your local startup community to find the following persons to give you feedback. Most people would be willing to take 15-20 min to provide your with feedback.
1. VC Investors - Professional investors see hundreds of pitch decks and know what to look for. They can also give you the investors perspective. This is the most important person to get feedback from.
2. Entrepreneurs who have raised capital - If they have gone through this process, they have likely gone through multiple iterations of their deck. They have the experience of the feedback they received, and what worked for them.
3. Someone who doesn't know your business or your industry at all. The saying "if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" is very true. True pitching someone who have no clue about your space. E.g. Grandparents, kids etc.
I hope this helps.
Does your deck answer following big questions about your start-up - (1) What is your promise to your target customers (2) Does your promise connects with target customers to help generate interest/ enquiry (3) How your solution delivers the promise without fail (4) How do you acquire customers (5) How big is the market and how scalable is the business. These are some of the questions deck needs to answer apart from lot of standard stuff. Would be happy to help further. All the best.
A good place to start would be pitching your friends and family. First, make sure you have a great story and are able to convey what you are building/problem you are solving to anyone. Some investors might not be familiar with your field, thus your first objective should be to convey your product to anyone (a 10 year old should be able to understand what you are doing).
Once you have a great story you can move on to pitching to other founders/investors, there are plenty of experts here on Clarity that can provide you with amazing feedback. Make a list of 5-10 people here on clarity who have experience pitching to investors, set up a call with them and get their feedback.