8 Common Elevator Pitch Blunders, and How to Fix Them

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur needs a value proposition statement for his or her startup that can hook potential investors and partners in less than a minute -- the short time you might join them in an elevator on the way to their offices. Skip the sales pitch and avoid preaching.

Inventors: 5 Do’s And Don’ts For Your Elevator Pitch


A well-designed formal presentation can sell investors on your idea, but before you get to that stage, you’ll likely have occasion to provide an “elevator pitch” — a brief, informal statement that conveys your idea concisely and compellingly.

Inventors: 10 Do’s And Don’ts For Your Elevator Pitch

YFS Magazine

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How to Take Your Startup Elevator Pitch to the Top

Startup Professionals Musings

An "elevator pitch" is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator.

It’s Time To Overhaul Your Elevator Pitch — Here’s How

YFS Magazine

Lead business networking elevator pitch marketing networking professional networkingFor many of us, our attention span powers down after the generic, "Hello, my name is Jane. Glad to meet you. What type of business are you in?" spiel.

Watch: (Literal) Elevator Pitch Contest

Austin Startup

During the ATX Startup Crawl, we did a (literal) elevator pitch contest for entrepreneurial guests at the Sputnik ATX stop. Some things to consider when casting your vote : Delivery / performance of pitch Viability of business idea Market opportunity Creativity of startup and passion for idea Consumer surplus [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] Which startup do you think is most worthy of funding, if any?

The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

Up and Running

Whether you are trying to raise money for your business or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals. Here are the 7 key components that every elevator pitch should contain: 1.

Rethinking the Elevator Pitch

Jeff Hilimire

In the post, “This is where I encourage you to pitch your elevator pitch” , Adam talks about the fallacy that he sees in the concept of an elevator pitch. I hate the whole concept of the elevator pitch. But I have never bought anything or hired anyone because of a brief discussion I had on an elevator, escalator or Wonk-avator. The post Rethinking the Elevator Pitch appeared first on Begin the Begin.

Business Pitch, Elevator Pitch, and the LivePlan Pitch Page: What’s the Difference?

Up and Running

What’s a business pitch? The business pitch. When I say pitch or business pitch I mean the short presentation startup founders make for angel investors or venture capitalists. ” That’s what David Rose talks about in his TED talk How to Pitch.

5 Secrets to a Killer Elevator Pitch

Austin Startup

I have given a lot of pitches and seen a lot of pitches and here is what I’ve learned. elevator-pitch entrepreneurship funding pitching startupWatch my video and apply these 5 secrets. It works! Continue reading on Austin Startups ».

Do You Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready?

Up and Running

They call it the elevator speech, or elevator pitch, and it’s a good exercise. I was there last Thursday to hear these two pitches , two of the best from 16 one-minute pitches at the University of Oregon’s New Venture Championship. These are good examples of classic elevator pitches, limited to 60 seconds. By the way, I did a four-part series on my main blog on how to optimize an elevator speech.

Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch


He’s still got the close-cropped haircut of a soldier but instead of an army uniform, Curry […] The post Veteran-Led Startups Debut at the Bunker Austin’s Elevator Pitch appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News At well over six feet tall with a strong build, Rodney Curry, a retired member of the U.S. Army’s 101st airborne division, wears a camel colored bag slung over one shoulder.

Ten minute-pitch: What to I include in my slide deck since it’s not really an “elevator pitch”?


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Network Like A Pro: What To Say!

YFS Magazine

Here are four tips to consider before you put the finishing touches on your elevator pitch. Lead communication elevator pitch leadership networking networking events personal development

How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

Up and Running

I know what it’s like to pitch to investors—both angels and venture capitalists. Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business opportunity to the investors (or less in some cases). First, take the time to put together a pitch deck. Best of luck pitching your business!

Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds

Startup Professionals Musings

An "elevator pitch" is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. entrepreneur startup investor elevator pitch

How to Create an Elevator Speech (With Examples)

Up and Running

An elevator speech is a 30- to 60-second answer to the question, “So, what do you do?” A great elevator speech will spark interest in your business and hopefully lead to a deeper conversation. Elevator speeches are a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. Elevator speech tips.

The Elements That Make Up A Successful Startup Pitch Deck


That, in essence, is what the startup pitch deck is all about. But even a powerful Infographic and presentation tool like Visme won’t be able to help you if your startup pitch deck is lacking in these basic, core elements. by Payman Taei, founder of Visme.

One Page Business Pitch Template Download [FREE]

Up and Running

Before you write your business plan , you should spend some time experimenting with your business idea and gathering your core assumptions onto a one page business pitch. That’s why we created our one page business pitch template.

PitchU Through Online Video With VenCorps And Kauffman Foundation


Crowd-sourced, collaborative venture capitalist firm VenCorps , in conjunction with Kauffman Foundation , is currently running PitchU , an online elevator pitch competition that gives away US$5000 cash to the best video pitch every month.

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FinTech Accelerating Digital Transformation of Banking in Africa

The Startup Magazine

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Do This One Thing Before You Write Your Business Plan

Up and Running

But, until that point, I recommend that you start your planning with a simpler process— a pitch —that will help you develop your business strategy. Building a pitch takes less than 20 minutes. Building a pitch takes less than 20 minutes.

What to expect when you pitch me your startup idea

Austin Startup

I talk to at least a dozen new entrepreneurs each week and probably review two dozen email pitches. funding entrepreneur startup elevator-pitch entrepreneurshipHere’s what to expect the first time you contact me and how to get the most out of it.

How to use your business plan

Up and Running

He defines the elevator pitch, video pitch, executive summary, PowerPoint presentation, and business plan as different forms. And I like his summary: Imagine a fishing analogy: The elevator and video pitches are lures – used to attract investors.

Top 10 questions on pitching an idea to investors

Up and Running

The best thing you can do to nail an investor pitch is to learn how the process works and be prepared. In a recent webinar, serial entrepreneur Caroline Cummings answered some commonly-asked questions on how to pitch and get funding. Q: When is the best moment for a pitch?

Is a great pitch without a plan even possible?

Up and Running

You’ve got a great business idea, so now all you need is a great pitch, right? A great pitch is important, everyone agrees on that. Think about the content of the pitch and what potential investors are going to want to know. Business Planning business pitch elevator pitch

How to perfect your pitch deck — according to a guy that gets a lot of pitches

The Next Web

One of the most critical tasks startups face, is creating a killer elevator pitch — a short, verbal description of who they are, what they do, and how they are going to succeed as a business.

10 Tips for Making your Startup More Attractive for Investors [Presentation]

VC Cafe

Launch48 is a new kind of micro-incubator taking place over the course of a weekend, which enables entrepreneurs to pitch their concept in one minute, in order to find team mates who are interested in pursuing the idea. Also, make sure you practice your elevator pitch.

The Executive Summary

Business Plan Blog

The Executive Summary should be the “ elevator pitch ” of your business plan that gets investors to take a deeper look in your business plan. Remember that your Executive Summary would be the first convincing “pitch” to your future investors.

10 Tips for Giving Better Work Presentations

Early Growth Financial Services

This actually expands … Continue reading → In the News Start-Up Business elevator pitch entrepreneurs pitching presentations presenting startupOriginally posted in Fox Business Small Business Center Fox Business asked YEC members for their best tips for giving better work presentations. The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

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The Founders: The Problem, The Solution, and Why We Give A S**t

Feld Thoughts

And you get to see the teams struggle with their shitty elevator pitches at the very beginning of the program. Passive puts audiences to sleep; not good in a pitch where you’re asking for money.” Are you watching The Founders Season 3 on TechStars.TV? If not, why not?

6 Value Propositions That Resonate With All Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Senior business leaders, for example, are unlikely to relate when you pitch your latest web app, highlighting the mashup technology, which you derived from early online social networking applications.

The Art Of The Hollywood Hook: How To Grab An Audience In 8 Seconds Flat


Be it a pitch to investors, a company presentation, or an advertisement, if you can’t catch the attention of your audience within eight seconds, you’ve already lost. I’ve pitched to Hollywood directors and Fortune 500 CEOs with very short attention spans.

Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds


An “ elevator pitch ” is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. A good elevator pitch is not just for an elevator discussion. An elevator pitch should always contain the following key elements: Problem-solution “hook.”

7 Must-Dos Before Starting a Company

Up and Running

Sure, you have your elevator pitch and you yourself are the product, but a networking event should be about building relationships and building a network, not the hard sell. There are so many things I wish I’d known before I started my first company.

7 Business Directory Best Practices For Better Visibility & Engagement


Put Your Elevator Pitch Above the Fold. Take the opportunity to deliver a polished elevator pitch that neatly encapsulates your organization’s function and strategy.

Survival Checklist For New Solopreneurs


Hone your elevator pitch, not your sales pitch. An elevator pitch, unlike a sales pitch, is the one you’ll trot out when you look to convert conversations into clientele. by Donovan Janus, founder of 17hats. The hard part is over!

Equity Investment Platform Preparation Best Practices

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the thousands of entrepreneurs who need equity funding to get your startup going (no loans to repay), you are probably overwhelmed at the prospect of finding, contacting and pitching to the huge number of qualified angels and investment groups around the country.

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Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact


This should be your elevator pitch. Of course, this needs to be "elevator size" - 3 to 4 sentences. Here is the most recent version of an all too common email inquiry from a startup founder. I've removed the two words that described the market - otherwise this is verbatim.

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6 Story Attributes Will Highlight Your Business Pitch

Startup Professionals Musings

I say that because I’ve heard too many abstract pitches about the next paradigm-shifting technology, which I can’t relate to, and only a couple with stories that really grabbed me. business Paul Smith pitch storytelling

iRise Studio MX Lets You Prototype iPhone, iPad Apps


“Imagine an elevator pitch where you could pull out your iPhone and show a potential client or funder a simulation that looks just like the app you want to create,” says Emmet B.

8 Smart Tips To Soliciting Friends And Family Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Shy introverts may be great technologists, but they won’t be entrepreneurs until they learn to respectfully ask for funding, after nurturing relationships, and practicing their elevator pitch. Pitch your personal investment and commitment to date.

7 Keys To Selecting A Startup Idea That Works For You

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs develop quick elevator pitches for their ideas, good product and business stories, and are eager for the opportunity to communicate and learn from feedback. A common request I hear from aspiring entrepreneurs is for an assessment of their latest idea.