Investor Presentation Development – Technology and IP

For a first presentation, some technically focused strategic funds and some technology companies will wish to see much more technical information. For example, some in the semiconductor industry will prefer to see a one hour technical presentation at the block diagram level.

Investor Presentation Development – Technology and IP

This slide should address:

  • What is the technology, architecture, etc.? Why is it “World Class”?
  • What intellectual property protection does the startup have in place today to protect patents and trade secrets?


  • If the Investor has a serious interest, at some early point they will want to ask about the origins of the technology. Are any of the Company participants still employees of other companies? Did the founders develop the technology using resources belonging to a prior employer? Was there an invention assignment agreement in place with a prior employer that impacts intellectual property ownership? Was the technology presented to and thus offered to any prior employer? If a founder owns the intellectual property free and clear, has it already been assigned to the Company?
  • Legal issues associated with any use of Open Source software are addressed by “X”.

John Gale’s White Paper on Business Plans is Available for Download

This Post is based in part on John Gale’s White Paper, Startup Presentations to Angel/Seed Stage Investors and Partners: Recommendations for Best Practices  This White Paper can be downloaded from:

  • The Business Plans page on this Website
  • It can also be downloaded from this page on the Angel Capital Association website.  The Angel Capital Association is the leading professional and trade association supporting the success of (US) angel investors in high-growth, early-stage ventures

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