Getting the attention of investors takes finesse and a quality business plan. It also takes an “elevator pitch” that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice. If you haven’t heard of the elevator pitch then there’s a good chance you are a young entrepreneur who has a great business idea but are not immersed in the business lingo. All you know is that you need start up funding.
The elevator pitch is a short speech that summarizes your business plan. When we say short, we mean very short. The elevator pitch is prepared for those moments when you have a chance to tell someone about your business idea and have the time equivalent to a short elevator ride. In other words, the elevator pitch should be no more than a minute long. It’s a summary of the summary of a business plan. You can use it during a conversation or online when potential investors ask you to quickly describe your idea.
It can be intimidating to think about compressing an entire business plan into 200 to 300 words. Yet having a well written elevator pitch ready proves two things. First, you are prepared in advance for an unexpected opportunity to sell your business idea and investors appreciate people who are prepared. Second, having a prepared concise statement about your business shows that your business idea is focused. The elevator pitch is the equivalent of a first impression, and you only get one chance to make it.
The best way to approach developing an elevator pitch for investors is to draw from the information in the Executive Summary in the business plan. The Executive Summary concisely highlights the important information in the business plan. Using it as the source document, you can pick the information that will articulate your message in a way that piques the interest of investors. It’s merely an overview designed to start a conversation between an investor and you. Obviously, you cannot include a lot of detailed information in a minute long description, so you need to pick and choose the most compelling information about your business.
The elevator pitch may be short, but it’s a powerful sales tool whether you speak it, email it, or post it on a website.
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