It’s the big day.  You and your partners have prepared your slide deck, you have your executive summary printed, and are ready to share your amazing investment opportunity.  Here are five simple tips that will help to give your presentation an edge on the competition: 1. Tell us what you do within the first 10 seconds. The first words […]

There are certainly more than just seven mistakes that you can make when pitching to investors, but these seven could definitely be the nail in the coffin that prevents you from getting a deal.  An entrepreneur that makes any one of these seven is demonstrating a lack of experience as well as a strong naiveté.  […]

This was me about 10 years ago: Hi, I’m Colleen. I’m an entrepreneurship professor. I listen to ideas all day long and I can’t get enough of them. I dream about my students ideas and wake up with new ideas to tell them. I obsess about it. I sometimes forget to eat when I’m working with student entrepreneurs. I love […]

No one reads anything other than the first few lines of any article.  I’m willing to bet, you probably won’t finish reading this post. The same goes for business plans. The harsh reality is these days, no investor will read a business plan.  You are lucky if they read more than the first page of your […]

Our semester at Chico State just wrapped up.  As part of my final exam, the students are required to pitch their concepts to a panel of external judges from the community.  We call it “Minnow Tank” because it is set up like the TV series “Shark Tank,” but it isn’t as rough. However, the judging panel […]

This week I attended a local venture capital association meeting where I watched a few companies pitch their investment opportunities. One of the presentations was a classic case of what I call a: “Ok, but what do you DO? Presentation.” As I reflect on the over 1,000+ business plan presentations I’ve seen in my day, it […]

Last week, I attended a venture capital/angel investor conference in the Bay Area and part of the event involved entrepreneurs pitching their concepts to the panel of VCs and angels. If you read my first post, you already know that there were quite a few mistakes made by these pitching entrepreneurs. In fact, there were […]