I hear a lot about pitch decks lately -- as if that;s all you need to raise capital. It's been my experience that investors ask a lot of questions, they will interrupt your pitch with questions, they'll ask even more afterwards... While the pitches I've watched were often good, the answers to the questions were terrible! It was obvious the team didn't really think through their business or the deal they were looking for. OK, I created the BizPlanBuilder business plan software
-- yes, it's a "template", but using it compels you to consider all aspects of your business, get your team on the same page (imagine the concern investors have when the team isn't!), and assures that you are prepared for the tough questions. An investment is more than a short sprint from meet & greet to pitch to cash in the bank! (Many courses, products, and articles make it seem that simple...) Smart money doesn't cough up cash easily or quickly. The time and effort in 'planning,' that is thinking thru every aspect of your business now and how it will evolve demonstrates its worth over the course of romancing your investors -- The more you have your act together initially, with carefully considered answers to the inevitable questions, will ease the overall process considerably! And you need the advice and contributions of the other guys on this page!