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Whether you're a first-time creator, a budding entrepreneur, or a serial startup genius, you've probably wondered, "What's the difference between a pitch deck and a business plan?" Which came first? Why would you choose a pitch deck over a business plan? Alternatively, why would you utilize a business plan over a pitch deck? Are business plans obsolete? Is a pitch deck merely a nice business plan? What works best for your startup? And when? Is either necessary? These are crucial questions. Especially if your time is restricted while you create and expand your business.

Before we can answer these questions, let’s talk about what a pitch deck and a business plan are.


A pitch deck is a presentation of 10-20 slides. The pitch deck presentation is either delivered as a pdf to investors to pique their interest in meeting with the entrepreneur, or it is utilized as a visual assistance during a live presentation to investors or other audiences, such as pitch contests. Pitch decks are sometimes used for both.

A pitch deck is used to communicate information about your company. Who it serves and why, the size of the market, your particular sauce, and how you will triumph in that sector are all factors to consider. It lays out a clear go-to-market strategy and dives into the future potential in depth. It is based on your industry study and understanding of your business. A business plan is a well-researched 10–100-page document. The document is designed to keep and detail your company's plans for the following 1, 3, or 5 years. The business plan details the research you've conducted on your industry and rivals. It goes through your sales, marketing, and operational plans. It takes your financial analyses, and assumptions about growth and success, and lays out a road map for where your firm will be and how it will get there.

The business strategy goes into detail about the management team and the specific capabilities they bring to the table. The document normally contains a large number of charts, illustrations, and photographs. However, it relies primarily on language to transmit information. The business plan is a document that potential investors may use as a reference point when considering whether or not to invest in your firm. It is frequently utilized during the due diligence stage of the finance process. A business plan's objective is to guide you and your team members down the path of success over the following several years, as well as to demonstrate to an investor how you intend to succeed with their money.

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