Have you ever heard the notion: Don’t re-invent the wheel? (or in Danish - “Du skal ikke genopfinde den dybe tallerken”) - I’m a fan. Don’t try to re-invent sliced bread or anything else that doesn’t need reinvention.
Rule of thumb: Keep it Simple!
A few days ago as preparation for the upcoming SCALEit with Innovationsfonden I started a blog post called “what your pitch deck should look like” - before I finished, this showed up in my Facebook feed:
So I will not re-invent sliced bread or the "deep plate" but for now just encourage you to follow the links and learn from others who have a strong and good recipe for a pitch deck.
Just follow these guidelines and you should be on the safe side.
Direct link to: Google Slides Template
And remember that the art of pitching is a sequence - so please “don’t boil the ocean” stick only to the stuff that’ll take you to the next meeting or follow up question. You should be able to finish your presentation within 5-10 minutes and allow enough time for potential questions.
And if you want to check how you can design a better pitch deck our friends from Y Combinator have created this little very educational piece.
Disclaimer: These decks are for Y Combinator’s Demo Day. A lot of startups are pitching for a lot of investors - so simplicity is key! You may want to add a little extra complexity but proceed with caution.
Read, learn, adopt!
You think SCALEit would be something for you? Let's find out.
... and just seconds before clicking the "Publish" button this post showed up in my Linkedin feed: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for your Startup Investor Pitch Deck