Site For Free Investor Pitch Deck Guide & Templates
No matter what stage you are at, fundraising can be intimidating for startups. While it gets easier as they go through stages, getting funding in the startup cycle is probably the biggest relief for anyone just starting out.
Now, some startups already have mentors to help them prepare for an investor pitch, but not everyone has this privilege.
Not too long ago, an investor pitch training platform called Base Templates was shared in the Entrepreneurs & Startups in Malaysia Facebook group, which in my opinion would be useful for startups in need of of pitch advice.
I am going to list what is free for everyone on the website and what you may need to pay on the platform.
Free practice questions from real VCs and angel investors
For those who have never spoken to an investor before, these over 200 practice questions are almost like exam cards you can practice with before an exam.
Each question comes with an explanation of why it’s being asked so startups can understand the reasoning behind them and know what happens if they’re asked the same questions in an actual pitch.
From 10 minutes spent through these questions, most of them mainly relate to the financial technicalities of your business, your knowledge of your market and your industry, and how you would deal with hiccups along the way. .
Here are some examples of question cards:
While preparing for these questions is a no-brainer for those about to present them, there are a few questions here that touch on the more personal aspects of a founder.
Although one thing I noticed is that some questions are quite similar to each other but worded differently like this:
From all of these questions, it’s safe to say that when it comes to preparing for a pitching event, founders should keep in mind to fully understand their market and industry as much as their startups, be very honest. and prepare to become personal.
A free 75-page presentation guide
The most extensive accessible part of this platform is the free PDF of the pitch deck guide which you can download here.
The content in this guide explains how to create a concise and holistic presentation of less than 20 slides, as well as the design, delivery, presentation speech, and a startup fundraising vocabulary.
For the pitching deck, they will outline how you need to present each slide, which includes the problem, solution, business model, market (why now), customer acquisition and demand (how much you need), for to name a few. .
While these are the most important things you should include in your pitch deck, they have also been developed on optional slides that you can include in your pitch deck like your product, traction, milestones, exit strategies, partnerships, etc.
For all of these slides, they also include a few design layout options that you can choose from, depending on how you want to present your data.
Another useful thing that I found in this guide was their advice on how to create the most suitable designs for your patio. They explain how you should research your page margins, color scheme, font size, visuals, and slide transitions or animations.
At the end of the chapter, they also included resources where you can create or find a color palette, find new fonts, find free or paid images (depending on your industry), how to replace words with icons, and how to create product screenshots. They are almost all free.
The rest of the guide then explains how you can practice your pitch, how to approach the type of investors for your start-up and a dictionary from A to Z on everything related to investor pitch.
Examples of actual presentations from Airbnb, Tinder, LinkedIn, etc.
While you can learn from the free overview guide on how to create a pitch deck, there are also real-life examples from over 150 startups like Airbnb, Tinder, LinkedIn, Shopify, Buzzfeed, and more.
You can also filter these references by selecting the area you want to refer to as well as the step (pre-boot, prime, series A, series B or later stages).
From what I’ve found, the industries with more extensive credentials are tech, fintech, e-commerce, media, healthcare, and SaaS.
For each of these companies, they’ll also include a brief overview of how much they’ve raised and what funding is coming from this pitch deck (if they know it).
I’ve looked through the big names for real-life pitch examples, and until now, I thought Airbnb was the one that best represented their guide’s content among the rest.
Many of these slides were also taken from startup startups in the early 2000s, so note that their designs aren’t as up-to-date as you’d expect them to be.
You can probably guess from the free content I’ve developed and the name of the site that their main paid feature is pitch deck templates.
So far they have 4 models that you can buy which are:
|Pitch Deck template (compatible with Slides, Powerpoint and Keynote)||Variety of templates you can build your pitch deck from||RM198 to RM401|
|Fundraising Concept Template||A place for you to consolidate all your documents, negotiations, conversations, etc.||RM117 to RM239|
|Presentation template||To help spruce up your slides and create a consistent theme||RM117|
|Figma Pitch Deck Template||The pitch deck models as the first option but you will have to create it on Figma||Free for 12 slide version, RM158 for full version|
Other paid features of their platform include a custom pitch deck design and pitch deck feedback that you can receive within 3 days for RM603.
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From what I’ve seen, if you’re planning to pitch a pitch deck through this platform, it’s just as important to browse the actual pitch decks in your industry as it is to read their free pitch guide.
Their pitch deck guide only provides generic advice applicable to all industries, so it’s important to check how this important information has been conveyed in actual pitches related to your industry.
- You can read more about the basic models here.
- You can read other articles on investors that we have written here.
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