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A Guide To Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck

Masterplans has created thousands of pitch decks to help our clients obtain equity investors. Learn our secrets to the best pitch deck ever.

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how to find an investor for your business

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How To Build An Investor Funnel For Your Startup

By partnering with Foundersuite, Masterplans clients get their pitch materials in front of potential investors

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8 Ways to Fund a Startup

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Top 8 Ways to Fund a Startup

You have a lot of different options for capital, including bootstrapping, credit cards, business loans, friends & family, crowdfunding, angel investors, venture capital, family offices and government grants. There are even more, but these are what we’ll...

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How to show at risk investment in your immigration business plan

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How to Demonstrate At-Risk Investment in Your Business Plan

What is “at-risk investment”? If you said, “It’s money I’m at risk of spending on fun things like a new Tesla,” well, keep reading (because that ain’t it).  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, says, “For the capital to be ‘at risk,’...

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A guide to the cash flow statement for startups

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What is the cash flow statement (and why it matters)

If your home-grown business plan financial model is super tripped out with tons of drivers and interlocking financial statements, you can pat yourself on the back and skip over this blog post.

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What in the WORLD is mezzanine financing?

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What is Mezzanine Financing (And Is It Right for Your Business?)

Most entrepreneurs know about the traditional types of funding: debt or equity. But did you know there’s something that combines the two? It’s broadly referred to as mezzanine financing. In this post, I’ll quickly review of debt and equity funding, then...

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How to Avoid a Business Plan Emergency

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5 Ways to Avoid a Business Plan Emergency

Sirens blare and traffic parts. Someone is rushed down the hall to the ER on a gurney. It’s an emergency—a business plan emergency!

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Would you like fries with that? A history of franchises

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A Brief, Non-Boring History of Franchises

Ever dreamt of escaping your cubicle and becoming your own boss?

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What's the Right Amount to Invest for an E-2 Visa?

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How Much Do You Need to Invest to Get an E-2 Visa?

An immigration attorney emailed me yesterday morning to ask whether I’d ever seen a successful E-2 visa case where the investment was under $50,000. My initial response (I'm paraphrasing) was “No. We’ve been hired to write for applicants where the figure...

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7 expenses every startup should consider

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Every new business should think about these 7 costs

So, you wanna start a business, eh? Has the thrill turned into fear yet? Already? Don’t worry; that’s completely normal. It can be intimidating to take a concept and put concrete numbers behind it.

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