10 steps to structuring your funding pitch

When pitching your business to potential investors, too much exuberance can be a bad thing. While passion and enthusiasm are important, investors are looking for evidence of how competent and trustworthy you are. Thorough research and preparation is key to presenting a compelling pitch that shows you understand the market and have realistic expectations for growth. Here, Scarlett Cook shares a guide to structuring your pitch with some top tips for avoiding the common mistakes that signal ov...
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More than $1 billion in new capital has been earmarked for women entrepreneurs. Here's where to find it

Despite outperforming their male counterparts, the odds are stacked against most female founders when it comes to raising venture capital funding. The fundraising process can be gruelling for any entrepreneur. And, in a male-dominated industry, women also face a potential minefield of gender stereotyping and biased attitudes. When pitching to investors, they're often held to different standards than their male counterparts and are treated differently or asked different questions. Some inves...
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12 storytelling techniques to supercharge your pitch

Storytelling is a powerful tool for creating an emotional connection with your audience—and that emotional connection can be crucial to securing funding for your startup. A well-crafted investor pitch needs to hook your audience from the very beginning—and hold their interest until the very end—with a compelling and authentic narrative that generates enthusiasm for your product, your company and your brand. "Facts tell but stories sell," says David Bailey, who shares here the storytelling techni...
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Why "no" is the hardest word for VCs, and how to boost your chances of a "yes"

Startups with high growth potential spend money faster than they can make it, which means early stage founders have to put a lot of time and effort into seeking finance. Every year thousands of entrepreneurs turn to venture capital (VC) firms, yet raising money from VCs is a challenging process and the odds of success are very low. "But if it provides any consolation, it's often as hard for VCs to say "no" as it is for founders to hear it," says Kjartan Rist. Here, he shares the reasons a VC may...
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10 ways women entrepreneurs can outwit “mansplaining” investors

The chances of your startup getting funding from venture capitalists are already very low—and they're even lower if you're a woman. In the male-dominated world of venture capital, gender stereotyping and bias create additional obstacles for women. Not only do female founders land fewer deals, they also get smaller amounts compared with their male counterparts. As a female CEO and investor who helps businesses scale and raise funds, Alexandra Stanton shares here some of the advice she gives femal...
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Jane VC wants to make it easier for female founders to pitch for funding

Despite their growing numbers, female entrepreneurs are still struggling to attract the same level of funding as their male counterparts. Networks play a crucial role in raising capital, yet women often find it difficult to access the right kind of networks to establish their credibility and get in front of the right investors. Here, Cari Sommer shares how the founders of a new venture capital fund are helping female entrepreneurs overcome the additional hurdles they face by building "a new inve...
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Despite what you hear, you don’t need VC funding

Early stage startups can struggle to attract investors, yet the lack of venture capital may be a blessing rather than a curse. While VC funding can put businesses under intense pressure to scale rapidly, bootstrapping forces you focus on how to make money rather than how to spend it. It also allows you to channel your time and energy into building the business rather than expending it on fundraising and investor meetings. Here, founder and CEO Vijay Sajja shares his experience with some top tips...
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Seven different types of investors and how to win them over

No matter how great your idea for a new service or product, you'll need access to capital to get a new business off the ground. Many entrepreneurs start out by using their own savings or credit card. Bootstrapping and borrowing from friends and family will only get you so far however and when it comes to growing the business, you'll need to raise additional funding. "You'll meet many different types of investors for startups," writes James Church. Here, he shares "a few to lo...
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We just raised $21 million. Here's how to spend a massive funding round.

Startup fundraising can be a long, hard slog and it may be tempting to celebrate a successful funding round by going on a big spending spree. However, it's important to remember that venture capital isn't free money. Investment comes with strings attached and a new set of responsibilities. So while you may have to spend money to make money, that doesn't mean you should spend it like a drunken sailor on shore leave. Here, Avi Meir shares his top tips on keeping your costs under control and spendi...
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Alaska is offering entrepreneurs a huge renewable energy opportunity

Launch Alaska is seeking out scalable start-ups with innovative energy solutions to tackle Alaska's energy challenges. As the country's largest, most remote and most sparsely populated state, Alaska has high energy costs and one of the country's highest levels of energy consumption per person. Business accelerator Launch Alaska not only offers coaching and access to decision makers and funding, it's already invested up to $75,000 in each of this year's cohort of alternative energy star...
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