Few tips from our experience in working with entrepreneurs from around the world:
Learn from peers: look for founders and startups in your industry and geography who have got funded. Research or even better, ask them how they did it. Find out the investors names, their portfolio, their expectations. Ask the founders where they failed, learn from that.
Learn the terminology: Read a good number of how-to articles about getting funded, get comfortable with the investment process, the necessary hurdles, learn what is important for investors at different stages. Pinterest and youtube are also good sources for infographics, for a quick self-education.
Learn the standards: Browse through the different models and applications, get up to speed with the tools used in the investors selection process, search for pitch decks from companies close to your industry. Do not copy, just make sure you cover the necessary content and demonstrate you bring a solid market approach.
Learn to present your team and your story. Early stage funding is more about the team capability and passion than about the product. Show grit, vision for growth and track record.
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