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Raising first VC round - what to expect?
Raising first venture capital investment round - what to expect? Frequently asked questions and most common mistakes.
Time & Location
24 Feb 2022, 08:00 – 09:00 GMT
About the Event
Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mrt-mkbr-aza
Structured guidance for Early Stage tech entrepreneurs from experienced industry experts based on most frequently occurring questions at Nord Sloane Ventures:
- How is angel investor different from venture capital investor?
- What do you need to know about venture capital deal origination?
- How to prepare like a professional for investor meetings?
- What are the most common due diligence questions?
- What should you know about terms negotiation?
- How to avoid most common fundraising mistakes?
Are you in a rush? Here are a couple of recommendations from our team about investment presentation preparation and overall fundraising process preparation:
a) Investment presentation or "pitch deck" should emphasise main strengths in the first few slides. All claims and facts must be referenced from credible sources. Do not compromise on graphics resolution, it will undermine overall professionalism. Make sure the entire presentation is cohesive, following logical sequence.
b) Long and short presentations. Short version should not exceed 13 slides and it is normally sent as a teaser document. Shorter versions sometimes exclude competitive landscape and financial projections slides. The rule of thumb that we would advise is the following: teaser document should include enough information to spark interest no later than slide 3. If you cannot summarise your proposition well in the short presentation, it will most likely confuse investors in the longer version. As investors do not like wasting time, you better get that short version edgy and memorable.
c) Feedback. You will be given feedback after most pitches, make sure to use it wisely. Take on board all constructive criticism but know the limit. You may end up with 100 versions of the document simply because you tried to please everyone. You may need to create additional one-pager or bespoke presentation to a couple of strategic investors but not for everyone. Get the core right to raise investment, perfecting the document can be endless. Get on with it and close investment round.
d) Keep track of people to whom you send presentations. It is crucial to be on top of your game when communicating with stakeholders, especially investors. Create databases to track all interactions and document versions. The same document will include investor feedback and arising action points. Use CRM, spreadsheets, notepads or whatever makes your productivity tick – this is important. Investors pay attention if you do not follow-up in a timely fashion or approach the same investor via multiple people. Act as a united front with whomever you are fundraising and stay on top your communications.
Good luck with finding your perfect investor match! Still need some help? Send us an email, let's chat about it: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nord Sloane Ventures Team