4 red flags for VCs when reviewing pitches from deep tech startups

Welcome to our new column by Main Sequence Ventures partner Phil Morle.

Every fortnight Morle will share his wisdom and insights with Startup Daily readers and also discuss it on the Startup Daily show. 

His first column is part of the Venture Capital Primer for Scientists series, based on hundreds of workshops he’s given during his time as a deep tech VC. 

In this essay, we are imagining a pitch from an early stage deep tech company, probably still working inside a university.

An investor red flag might not be obvious to a founder.

Why would it? They build up over years as signals of weakness and they are best avoided. Knowing what they are makes it possible to avoid them.

This is not about how to build a strong pitch. More about avoiding an accidental weak pitch.

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