What VCs look for in startup pitches

Reporter: Ritika Puri

Publication: Entrepreneur


Deadline: Jun 12, 2017 7:00 pm

Venture capitalists and investors remain numerous pitches from companies looking for capital. But there are often inhibiting communication challenges between those looking for funding and those in a position to offer it. As a result, potentially viable companies will go un-funded. I’m writing a piece to help entrepreneurs, especially those offering positive societal benefits, structure their pitches more effectively. I’d love to interview investors for this piece. Requirements: 1. Please tell me about yourself and the types of companies you invest in? What makes you passionate? 2. What is often wrong with the pitches you receive? What can founders do to tell their stories better? How do your passions play a role in the narrative that you would like to hear? 3. What have been some of the best pitches you’ve come across and why? 4. Is there a particular story flow that makes a pitch more digestible and impactful for you? 5. What do you wish more entrepreneurs did in their pitches for you? 6. What is the ideal pitch structure? 7. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

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