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1 © 2008 SJF Advisory Services Presenting to Investors: The Elements of a Compelling Case > Durham, NC New York, NY San Francisco, CA Getting Ready for Equity VANJ December 15, 2009
2 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services Review basics of what investors look for Understand importance of compelling content and effective communication Become familiar with standard investor pitch forms: -Elevator pitch -Executive summary -Investor presentation Understand key elements and goals of each pitch form GOALS
3 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services UNDERSTAND YOUR INVESTOR AUDIENCE All want strong financial returns Each has a specific prospect company profile Each has specific investment criteria Investors have broad expertise - Financial and business expertise - Entrepreneurial experience - Sector knowledge
4 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services WHAT CONTENT SHOULD INVESTOR PITCHES HAVE? Management/ execution Market and growth drivers Product/ technology/service Large and growing market Clear reasons why people will purchase more of the companys product or service Company is different and special when compared to competitors Simple explanation of how product or service works Technology or systems that support it and any relevant patents or protection Financial plans Credible projections of strong financial growth Method of how sales and cash will be generated How invested money will be spent You must have credible content for a compelling investment opportunity Management has relevant sector experience Management has track record of success Management has a clear strategy in place to achieve targets Team works well together
5 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services A TYPICAL QUARTER IN THE LIFE OF A VC… Effective and compelling communication is critical to gain attention Follow up with prospects Meet with 20 Invest in 1
6 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services TOP QUOTES INVESTORS HEAR FROM ENTREPRENEURS Our projections are conservative. Gartner says our market will be $50 billion by Boeing will sign our contract next week. We dont have any competitors. Several firms are doing due diligence. Google is too slow to be a threat. Patents make our business defensible. All we have to do is get 1% of the market.
7 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services STANDARD INVESTOR COMMUNICATIONS 15 to 20- minute presentation of your business and investment opportunity Investor Presentation 1 to 2-page written summary of your business and investment opportunity Executive Summary 2- to 5- minute description of your business and investment opportunity Elevator Pitch Comprehen- sive descript- ion of your business, its market, and its growth strategy Business Plan Time commit- ment: 1-3 hours1-2 days2-4 days1-3 weeks
8 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services THE ELEVATOR PITCH 2 to 5-minute description of your business & investment opportunity The investor should leave your conversation with: Concise, basic description of the business Demonstration of growing demand for product/service and how this will be monetized Sense of your competitive advantage Positive impression of management Attract investors interest, invite further discussion about your opportunity
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10 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services ELEVATOR PITCH KEYS TO SUCCESS Know who youre talking to before you start Practice, practice, practice Recurring questions show whats missing from the core pitch Have a 1- or 2-minute version ready for networking events or impromptu meetings Have a 5-minute version ready for longer conversations or opportunities to pitch Exchange cards, provide Executive Summary, follow up
11 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 to 2-page summary of your business plan, including: Concise, basic description of your product/service Brief description of the team Summary of the growing overall market and your target market Description of the competitive landscape and competitive advantage(s) Achievements to date – market penetration/distribution/financing, etc. Financial summary – historical/projected summary income statement Financing need and use of funds Contact information Demonstrate your understanding of key success factors for your business, make investors want to learn more
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13 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services THE INVESTOR PRESENTATION 15 to 20-minute presentation of your business and investment opportunity Still need to be relatively concise – no more than slides: Problem/solution Product/service Market Competition and competitive advantage Management team Business model and financial projections Milestones/accomplishments to date Use of funds and exit strategy Summary Get investor to seriously consider investment, begin due diligence
14 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services INVESTOR PRESENTATION KEYS TO SUCCESS Dont make slides overly complicated, detailed or busy Graphics can be very effective or just distracting Financials should not be too detailed/hard to read; stick to key metrics (but have detailed backup ready) Keep your financials up-to-date and make sure you meet your projections! A good presentation takes time to create, edit Practice, practice, practice Give presentation to advisors, other friendly audiences for feedback Let other members of the management team speak
15 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services THE BUSINESS PLAN Comprehensive description of business, market, and growth strategy Creating the plan should be valuable to you Should be a useful document to monitor progress Doesnt have to be long and wordy – could be detailed bullet points in a presentation format Some investors will expect this but not all Demonstrate understanding of market, business operations, competitive advantage, growth strategy and business needs
16 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services INVESTOR COMMUNICATIONS: DOS Prepare, practice, update pitches & presentations Meet your projections (dont under-deliver during capital raising!) Be concise in communications, but have backup detail ready Consider and adapt content to your audience Network before youre actively seeking capital Treat no as a feedback and networking opportunity Be confident AND coachable Be upfront about risks, weaknessesand how to address them Research and target the most appropriate investors Personalize all investor communication
17 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services INVESTOR COMMUNICATIONS: DONTS Lie, be misleading or evasive Be overly confident or reject feedback Rely on the product or service alone to entice investors Make up answers Expect fundraising to be easy or quick Be discouraged by rejection (but do learn from it!) Send mass s soliciting investment Send your pitch to
18 © 2009 SJF Advisory Services CLOSING THOUGHTS ON INVESTOR COMMUNICATIONS Effective communication of compelling content is key No guarantees -Securing equity investment is a process that takes time -Important to find a good fit in your equity partner Use what you learn from investor feedback and the process to improve your business
19 © 2008 SJF Advisory Services Getting Ready for Equity > Durham, NC New York, NY San Francisco, CA
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