Advertisement

Startups, here's everything you need to know to raise VC funding

Image Credits: Bryce Durbin / TechCrunch

The crew here at TechCrunch has done a lot of writing about fundraising, and how to make an awesome pitch deck over the years. I figured it was time that I put together a collection of all of it in one handy spot.

A lot of these articles are part of TechCrunch+ -- TechCrunch's premium subscription product. I've marked them below so you know which ones you need a subscription to read. Perhaps I'm just a teensy bit biased over here, but I'd say it's definitely worth subscribing to get access to all of this content.

On top of all of the pitching info, with a TechCrunch+ subscription, you get access to a ton of in-depth analysis that'll help you find investors, build a better company and be a more successful founder.


This post has been updated a bunch of times, most recently 19 May 2023

Should you / can you raise money?


Before you start pitching

 


Individual slides, broken down

Some of the slides are trickier than others; I made an annotated template that a few hundred startups have used to raise money successfully, but it turns out that even with a good template, there are pitfalls and things that can go wrong.

Here are a few articles we wrote to help you crack some of the more challenging parts of the pitch.


During the pitch process


Pitch deck teardowns

If you've been looking around on the web, you'll have figured out that it's exceedingly rare to find recent samples of pitch decks that were successfully used to raise money. That's what I'm trying to change with the TechCrunch pitch deck teardowns.

It's a series that's been running for a while, with pitch decks for companies of all different sizes and stages of fundraising. These teardowns include three things I love, three things I'd improve, a bunch of general observations about the deck and the full deck for you to take a closer look at.

Here is a list of the pitch deck teardowns to date:

    1. Minut's Series B stage deck that raised $15M, Published Apr 28, 2022

    2. Momentum's Seed stage deck that raised $5M, Published May 5, 2022

    3. Dutch's Series A stage deck that raised $20M, Published May 12, 2022

    4. BoxedUp, Inc.'s Seed stage deck that raised $2.3M, Published May 19, 2022

    5. Lumigo's Series A stage deck that raised $29M, Published May 26, 2022

    6. Encore's Seed stage deck that raised $3M, Published June 2, 2022

    7. Lunchbox's Series B stage deck that raised $50M, Published June 9, 2022

    8. Ergeon's Series B stage deck that raised $40M, Published Jun 16, 2022

    9. WayRay's Series E stage deck that raised $80M, Published Jun 23, 2022

    10. Wilco's Seed stage deck that raised $7M, Published Jun 30, 2022

    11. Enduring Planet's Seed stage deck that raised $2M, Published Jul 7, 2022

    12. Forethought's Series C stage deck that raised $65M, Published Jul 14, 2022

    13. Arkive's Seed stage deck that raised $9.7M, Published July 21, 2022

    14. Alto Pharmacy's Series E stage deck that raised $200M, Published July 28, 2022

    15. Glambook's Seed stage deck that raised $2.5M, Published Aug 4, 2022

    16. Five Flute's Pre-seed stage deck that raised $1.2M, Published Aug 11, 2022

    17. Mi Terro's Seed stage deck that raised $1.5M, Published Aug 11, 2022

    18. SIMBA Chain's Series A stage deck that raised $25M, Published Aug 25, 2022

    19. Front's Series D stage deck that raised $65M, Published Sep 1, 2022

    20. Helu.io's Series A stage deck that raised $9.8M, Published Sep 15, 2022

    21. Party Round's Angel stage deck that raised $7M, Published Sep 22, 2022

    22. Rokoko's Strategic Extension stage deck that raised $3M, Published Sep 29, 2022

    23. Vori's Series A stage deck that raised $10M, Published Oct 5, 2022

    24. Supliful's Seed stage deck that raised $1M, Published Oct 13, 2022

    25. Palau Project 's Pre-seed stage deck that raised $125K, Published Oct 25, 2022

    26. Syneroid Technologies Corp.'s Seed stage deck that raised $500K, Published Nov 10, 2022

    27. Sateliot's Series A stage deck that raised $11.4M, Published Nov 17, 2022

    28. Juro 's Series B stage deck that raised $23M, Published Nov 25, 2022

    29. Hour One's Series A stage deck that raised $20M, Published Dec 1, 2022

    30. Rootine's Series A stage deck that raised $10M, Published Dec 8, 2022

    31. MedCrypt's Series B stage deck that raised $25M, Published Dec 15, 2022

    32. Card Blanch's Angel stage deck that raised $460K, Published Dec 22, 2022

    33. Scrintal's Seed stage deck that raised $1M, Published Jan 19, 2023

    34. Orange's Seed stage deck that raised $2.5M, Published Jan 26, 2023

    35. Laoshi's Angel stage deck that raised $570K, Published Feb 2, 2023

    36. Spinach.io's Seed stage deck that raised $3.5M, Published Feb 9, 2023

    37. Incymo AI's Seed stage deck that raised $850K, Published Feb 16, 2023

    38. Uber's Pre-seed stage deck that raised $200K, Published Feb 23, 2023

    39. Gable's Series A stage deck that raised $16M, Published Mar 2, 2023

    40. MiO Marketplace's Angel stage deck that raised $550K, Published Mar 9, 2023

    41. StudentFinance's Series A stage deck that raised $41m , Published Mar 16, 2023

    42. Prelaunch.com's Seed stage deck that raised $1.5M, Published Mar 23, 2023

    43. Northspyre's Series B stage deck that raised $25M, Published Mar 30, 2023

    44. Smalls's Series B stage deck that raised $19M , Published Apr 4, 2023

    45. Diamond Standard's Series A stage deck that raised $30M, Published Apr 13, 2023

    46. Honeycomb 's Series D stage deck that raised $50M, Published Apr 20, 2023

    47. Careerist's Series A stage deck that raised $8M, Published Apr 27, 2023

    48. The Perfect Pitch Deck's Seed stage deck that raised $1M, Published May 4, 2023

    49. Fibery's Series A stage deck that raised $5.2M, Published May 11, 2023

    50. Ageras's Private Equity stage deck that raised €35M ($36M) , Published May 18, 2023

    51. Faye's Series A stage deck that raised $10M, Published May 26, 2023

    52. Oii.ai's Seed stage deck that raised $1.85M, Published Jun 2, 2023

    53. CulturePulse's Seed stage deck that raised $1M, Published Jun 9, 2023

    54. Netmaker's Seed stage deck that raised $2.3M, Published Jun 16, 2023

    55. Super.com's Series C stage deck that raised $60M, Published Jun 30, 2023

    56. Nokod Security's Seed stage deck that raised $8M, Published July 7, 2023

    57. GoodBuy Gear's Series A Extension stage deck that raised $5M, Published July 14, 2023

Oh, and if you want to submit your own pitch deck for a teardown, I've written a bit more about how to do that, too.

Industry-specific advice


Is there something missing? Is there an aspect of fundraising you've always wanted to know more about? Ask! I'm easy enough to reach on Twitter (DMs are open!) or throw some words in an email to tc@kamps.org.