I was asked to join a panel discussion at Montreal StartUpCamp3 about lessons learned in pitching successfully for financing. Seb Provencher of Praized and John Stokes of MSU (our financiers) were my partners in crime on the stage.
My advice is:
- Do some practice pitches to a small group of the smartest friends you can gather
- Be sure about the core of your product, and be excited about it
- Don’t sell to yourself, sell to the funders
I made a bit of a hash of my presentation, though it turned out fine (I wasn’t really pitching) … violating another important rule:
- be prepared
The other attendees/presenters included: