How to: Create an Investable Pitch by Entrepreneur Center

Entrepreneur Center, Udemy

THE step-by-step guide to creating successful pitches and enhancing your presentation skills

How To: Create an Investable Pitch walks you step-by-step through the most important part of bringing your idea into reality; creating an investor pitch. You will learn The PitchFixer Method which has proven itself many times over by helping startups and entrepreneurs raise millions of dollars of funding.

Throughout the course, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Vanderbilt professors, Master Mentors, CEOs, Lawyers and Financial Gurus will give you insights, suggestions and tactics on building slides and engaging investors before, during and after your pitch.

You will learn and use the same methods and tools The Nashville Entrepreneur Center uses with every entrepreneur that walks through their doors. The track record, reputation and success of The PitchFixer Method makes this course a must.

(Sometimes you need to learn how to create a powerful presentation/pitch deck fast. You may have a pitch or presentation coming up in a few days. If that's the case take a look at Presentation Crash Course.)


Scott Rouse walks you slide by slide through creating an Investable Pitch.

Upon finishing the course you will have a complete understanding of what information your pitch deck should contain and in what order that information should be presented.

Comparing slides from successful pitch decks with slides from some not so successful pitch decks will teach you how to spot and correct the most common mistakes startups and entrepreneurs make during the pitch-building process.

You will learn how much time to spend on each slide. You will discover the key to preparing for questions from investors after your pitch, and you'll learn what questions to ask them as well. You will also discover how and why you want to research the investors you pitch to... And it's not for the reasons you think.


Ever wonder what Investors are thinking? Now you'll know.

When pitching there are many things that click the investor's Gut Feeling Controls to the Something's Not Right Here setting. Even though you're being honest, you may inadvertently do something that tells the investor's Limbic Brain "Look out, this guy's up to something..." From an interrogator's perspective, Scott Rouse will teach you what those things are and how to correct and avoid them.

You will learn where and how to stand and what to do with your hands. You'll learn where to look, who to look at, and for how long. You'll discover the signs that tell you which investors are interested in your pitch, and which investors will waste your time. You will also discover how powerful pauses can be and where to strategically place them throughout your pitch.


With Create An Investable SlideDeck you get complete access to all of the tools and handouts (in PDF form) that are otherwise available only when purchased in The InvestablePitch ToolKit. There are more, but here are some examples of the tools you get:

- The IdeaFrame: The first and most important step for startups entering any accelerator. Quickly and easily create a high level business model for your idea. The information gathered is used to create a pitch that has a credible and powerfully potent punch.

- The PitchMap: This tool allows you to quickly and easily create 15, 30, and 60 second elevator pitches. It also gives you a better understanding of what your Purpose Statement should be.

- The Investable SlideDeck: This gives you a tight, short and sharp description of what each slide should look like and contain as well as the structure of the pitch.


  • What are the requirements?
    • Download the provided tools, worksheets and handouts from The Investable Toolkit.
    • Notebook or Note taking App
    • 3X5 Index Cards
  • What am I going to get from this course?
    • Over 77 lectures and 5.5 hours of content!
    • After completing this course you will be equipped with the same tools and techniques these startups, entrepreneurs and inventors used to create the Investable Pitches that got their ideas funded:
    • - "If our $1.65M Series A is any measure, The PitchFixer Method worked!" - Matthew Rubinstein, Founder & CEO - LiveSchool FUNDED: $1.65M
    • - "The pitch is important and Scott Rouse, using The PitchFixer Method, helped me nail it.” Nicholas Holland, Founder & CEO - FUNDED: $435,000
    • HUMA Chia Energy Gel - The Owen School of Business Management at Vanderbilt Sohr Grant / WINNER $25,000
    • John Mark Eberhardt - GotYouIn / WINNER $5,000 Louisville Pitch Contest / WINNER $10,000 Launch Tennessee
    • Taylor Chapman - EventParc / FUNDED: $200,000
    • - "For me, Scott Rouse and The PitchFixer Method were a blessing." Parish Lusz Founder & CEO - HardMounts - FUNDED: $1.2M
    • Steven Elliott - eClinic - Launch Tennessee / WINNER $10,000
    • Andrew Coulton - Aquation / FUNDED: $75,000
    • - "The PitchFixer Method is the key." Andy Pickens Founder & CEO - Jamplify Winner of the Midem Conference Pitch Competition, Cannes FUNDED: $625,000
    • - "I highly recommend The PitchFixer Method to anyone as a necessity for developing an investable pitch.” Dave Durocher, CEO & Co-Founder - SPLOTHER Winner: NGC - FUNDED: $150,000
    • - "Whether you are a start-up Founder or corporate executive, Scott Rouse and The PitchFixer Method have the knowledge, experience, and tools to help you improve your presentation skills.” LeShane C. Greenhill Co-Founder – Sagents - WINNER Nashville Governor's Conference Pitches
    • - “We brought our story, and using The PitchFixer Method, Scott made it investable." Kyle McCollom Founder Everly - FUNDED: $40,000 Seed Round
    • - "Scott Rouse is a very patient and highly qualified professional instructor. I highly recommend Scott and The PitchFixer Method for any entrepreneur or executive seeking to improve their body language, presentation skills, and looking for immediate results.” Tom White Founder & CEO - iQuantifi - Winner: Best In Show at San Francisco's FinovateSpring. FUNDED: $450,000
    • Teja Yenamandra - / Winner $10,000 Launch Tennessee
    • Jamie Bailey - InitialState Technology / Funded $175,000
    • "Scott’s sense of business, aesthetics and graphic content are unparalleled. He was able to take our core business proposition and “make it sing”. The investor and customer pitches which resulted from consulting with Scott were light years ahead of anything we could have generated on our own. In an very short time, Scott was able to help ERM get its message across in an extremely compelling fashion." Larry W. Bridgesmith, J.D. - Chief Relationship Officer - ERM Legal Solutions. FUNDED: $715,000
  • What is the target audience?
    • Startups, new entrepreneurs and inventors with little or no business background will benefit from this course.
    • Anyone with an idea, product, service or invention will benefit from this course.
    • CEO's of multi-million dollar companies, and even billion dollar companies, have benefited and continue to benefit from this course.
    • Attorneys and legal professionals have and continue to benefit from this course.

SECTION 1: Introduction & Syllabus
  • Meet some of the Investors and Mentors you'll be hearing from
  • Introduction
  • The Investor Questions
  • SECTION 2: On Your Mark - The Tools
  • Course instructor, Scott Rouse, gives a TEDx Talk on Body Language.
  • Michael Burcham Explains The IdeaFrame
  • The IdeaFrame PDF
  • PitchMap Explanation Video
  • The PitchMap
  • SECTION 3: Get Set - The Foundation
  • Investor/Mentor Advice on Your 1st Time Building a Pitch
  • Basic Structure of The Investable SlideDeck
  • The Information Download (Index Cards)
  • Purpose Statement/Tagline
  • Startups on Pitching - Building the 1st Pitch Deck
  • Slide Building 101
  • Body Language - Your Mindset for The Pitch
  • Before We Dive In
  • SECTION 4: Go! - Creating The Story
  • SLIDE 1 - The Intro Slide
  • Take Charge Of The Room - Body Language
  • Michael Burcham - CEO Nashville Entrepreneur Center
  • SLIDE 2 - Problem
  • Body Language - The Investor's Body Language
  • David Furse - Professor, Owen School of Business Management at Vanderbilt
  • Building Excitement And Interest - Body Language
  • Townes Duncan - Solidus Company
  • SLIDE 3 - Solution
  • Investor/Mentor Questions - Pitch Engagement
  • PITCH: Zingfin
  • SECTION 5: The First Turn
  • Shawn Glinter - Master Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Body Language - The 7-38-55 Rule
  • SLIDE 4 - Why Now? Explain why market conditions are right today
  • Julia Polk - Angel Investor, Financials Mentor
  • SLIDE 5 - Business Model / Pricing, Customer acquisition & value
  • Body Language Frankenstein; How And Why It Misinterprets
  • Be Honest Or They'll Know - Body Language
  • Landon Gibbs - Rolling Hills Ventures
  • What It's Meant To Be & What It's Supposed To Be
  • SLIDE 6 - Underlying Magic & Technology / How it works
  • Mark Montgomery - Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of FLO Thinkery
  • PITCH: Utilize Health
  • SECTION 6: The Last Turn
  • SLIDE 7 - Marketing & Sales / Distribution methods, Advertising etc
  • Business Plan Basics
  • Vic Gatto - Solidus Company, JumpStart Foundry
  • Don't Turn It On - Body Language
  • SLIDE 8 - Competition / Who has one like this & why yours is better
  • Startups on Pitching - What Are You Thinking 60 Seconds Before You Pitch?
  • Don't Break Your Mirror - Body Language
  • SLIDE 9 - Intellectual Property / Your Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
  • Sometimes It's The Person Pitching, Not The Idea...
  • Body Language Frankenstein & The 7, 38, 55 Rule
  • The Pitch From A Mentor's Point Of View - Shawn Glinter
  • Ease Them Back Into Cognitive Mode - Body Language
  • Tod Fetherling - Investor, Chairman & Founder of Stratasan
  • PITCH: RocketRaise
  • SECTION 7: The Homestretch - Preparing to Ask
  • SLIDE 10 - Team / Who they are & what they do
  • Consistent Confidence Is The Key - Body Language
  • Investor/Mentor Questions - Financials
  • SLIDE 11 - Projections & Milestones / Simple 5 year financial forecast
  • "Here's What's Gonna Happen Next" - Body Language
  • Alison Lynch - Serial Entrepreneur
  • SLIDE 12 - Status & Timeline / Where are you now, how much has been spent so far
  • Body Language - Watch For The Cues
  • SLIDE 13 - Momentum
  • Tell Them "Why" - Body Language
  • PITCH: InvisionHeart
  • SECTION 8: The Finish Line - The Ask
  • The Investor's Body Language Frankenstein
  • Are Investors Engaged With Your Pitch?
  • SLIDE 14 - Summary & Ask / Your ask and what you'll do with it
  • Is The Investor Interested Or Skeptical?
  • SLIDE 15 - The Outro Slide / The Last Thing Investors See
  • Create An Unspoken Bond - Body Language
  • PITCH: NewsBreak
  • SECTION 9: Victory Lap
  • Prep For Pitch
  • PITCH: iQuantifi
  • Startups on Pitching - What if You Get Lost?
  • PITCH: dVisit
  • You're Ready To Pitch, Now What?
  • QUIZ
  • SECTION 10: Graduation
  • Wrapping Up The Course
  • Dates:
    • Free schedule
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    • Language: English Gb


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