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Business Planning Guide: Pitch Decks

Why do you need a Pitch Deck or a Pitch Presentation?

In addition to a fully fleshed out business plan or business model, you will probably need to condense this information into a pitch deck or a pitch presentation. When you are seeking outside capital from venture capitalists or angel investors, they are going to want you to pitch your company to them opposed to sitting down and reading your business plan. In addition to securing outside capital, a pitch deck or a pitch presentation can also be used to approach other clients or customers if your business sells B2B (business-to-business), and these presentations can also be used to approach companies in complimentary lines of business for strategic partnerships.

Video Courses on Pitching and Presenting

Books and eBooks

There are several books and eBooks in the Library Catalog on how to craft a pitch and how to make convincing business presentations. Click on the subject headings below to find our books and eBooks on this topic. 

Business Presentations

Sales Presentations

Business Communication

Pitch Deck and Pitch Presentation Templates

Sample Pitch Decks

Another great way to get ideas for your pitch deck or presentation is to look at the presentations that successful companies have presented to investors. Click the link that says "The slide deck we used to raise half a million dollars" below to see the slideshare presentation of Buffer's pitch deck from their first round of VC funding. On the right hand side of this page, there will also be links to pitch decks from other successful companies.