The Slide Deck

LeClairRyan is an Entrepreneurship Challenge sponsor and a VT KnowledgeWorks sponsor.  Below is an excerpt from Three Fundamental Tools in The Fundraising Toolbox by Mike Drzal

Here is one of three fundamental tools companies need when they begin to seek outside investment.

3 Fundamental Fundraising ToolsThe Slide Deck. Investors have a limited attention span, so a 40-slide deck will not do. There are only about a dozen or so points that are essential to cover:

Overview
The Problem/Opportunity
The Solution
The (Large) Market
The Technology/Product
Unique Competitive Advantage/Barriers to Entry
Competitive Landscape
Go to Market Strategy
Financial Roadmap (including high level 5-year projections and investment sought)
The Team
Current Status (milestones achieved and pending orders)
Exit (include most likely exit and comparables if available)
Summary (three strongest points and what distinguishes this opportunity from others).

Detail on any or all of these points can be kept in hidden slides, available at the touch of a button in response to a potential investor's question. Excellent presentation skills are a must. Slides are not a crutch and should not be read.

– Excerpt from Three Fundamental Tools in The Fundraising Toolbox by Mike Drzal

Mike Drzal will be delivering the Keynote Address, "Raising Capital: The Fundraising Toolbox," at the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 11, 2012. 

Entrepreneruship Challenge details and registration information.

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