Sep 25, 2012
By John Cho, Partner, KPMG Enterprise
When contending for an investor's attention, don't overlook the importance of arriving prepared or having done your homework. An entrepreneur should combine their passion for their business along with detailed business information. Potential investors want to know why people will care enough about the entrepreneur's product or service to purchase it, as well as how the business will make money.
To appease investors, entrepreneurs should focus on providing the most accurate financial information possible. Pricing, turnover, breakeven points, profit margins, production costs, overheads, competitive market share - investors want this information and more. For example, how will price combine with value to meet the business owners forecasts? How did the entrepreneur arrive at the business's income and cash-flow estimates?
A business owner should present this information accurately, transparently and without equivocation. Investors who discover inconsistencies in an entrepreneur's financials may walk away.
Some other key points to consider:
- Business owners should clearly outline what they intend to do with investor money - additional working capital may call for a different form of financing than the purchase of fixed assets.
- Business owners should explain and discuss their ideas in plain language. They may do business in highly specialized fields such robotics, financial derivatives or nanotechnology, but the language of making money is universal - it is best to keep things as simple as possible.
- Finally, business owners should not become discouraged if their pitch fails. Even unsuccessful pitches produce useful information, and investors should provide solid reasons for rejecting an idea. Entrepreneurs can use this feedback to improve their pitch until they get it right and make a deal that suits them best.
No matter what the outcome, the pitch process is an intense one with much to be learned and gained. Keep these key points in mind when building your pitch and keep pursuing the best possible deal for you and your company.
John Cho is a Partner with KPMG Enterprise™. He can be reached at 416 777 3994 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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