Section 5: Money Matters

Budgeting and creating a COGs based budget

Managing the budget and finances of an emerging CPG brand can be a challenging and complex task.

If you’ve already gone through the process of research and development, exploring packaging and branding, and investigating indirect vs. direct distribution, you probably know how quickly costs can add up.

Given that the best time to start raising money is about 6 months before you actually need it, it’s a good idea to make sure you have your budget in order.

In this section, we’ll cover the ins and outs of COGs based budgeting for CPG founders, the fundamentals of fundraising in the current economic environment, and some tips on creating a top-notch pitch deck.

Let’s get started.

Understanding the True Cost of Starting a CPG Company

Many first-time CPG founders may not be aware of all the many costs associated with launching and operating a CPG brand. Before getting started, make sure you’ve taken into account the following common costs.

*Note: the following cost averages are just estimates. It’s essential to do your own research before making any financial decisions.

Product Development and Regulatory Compliance

When it comes to product development, costs can vary significantly based on the complexity of the product and the resources needed to bring your product to life. You'll have to consider expenses like raw materials, packaging, research and development, and even the costs of hiring experts or consultants to help you perfect your product.

On the flip side, regulatory compliance is more about covering your bases so you don’t get hit with surprise costs down the line. Failing to meet regulatory requirements can result in hefty fines, product recalls, or even business closure, so it's vital to invest in compliance from the get-go. This might include costs for testing and certifications, hiring legal or regulatory consultants, and training your team to ensure they're up to speed on all the latest regulations. While it might seem like a lot to take on, investing in compliance upfront can save you from some serious financial headaches down the line.

  • R&D, product formulation, and packaging design
  • Compliance, regulatory expenses, and intellectual property protection
  • Before you get into your first retailer - FDA requirements, health check, nutritional value, life expectancy, etc $10k+
  • Industry average: $10,000 - $50,000

Manufacturing, Warehousing, and Logistics

Manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics may seem like the boring part of starting your CPG company, but they form the backbone of your business. It's kind of like assembling a dream team, where each member plays a critical part in achieving success. Manufacturing is the star player, turning your vision into reality with the help of raw materials, labor, and equipment. It's important to find the right manufacturing partner, whether you're self-manufacturing or working with a co-packer, to ensure your product is made to your exact specifications and quality standards.

Then, there’s the dynamic duo of warehousing and logistics. These two work hand-in-hand to make sure your finished products are safely stored and efficiently transported to retailers or customers. Warehousing is all about finding the perfect home for your goods, where they'll be organized, managed, and protected until it's time for them to hit the road.

Logistics, on the other hand, is the mastermind behind getting your products from point A to point B as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. By finding the right partners and solutions in this area, you'll be well on your way to building a smooth and successful supply chain for your emerging CPG brand.

  • Manufacturing costs (self-manufacturing or co-packing)
  • Warehousing, storage, and quality control
  • Third-party logistics (3PL) and transportation
  • Many CPG brands will invest in a co-packer to help them manufacture and package their products. While this can be a big help, co-packers will want to see if you can guarantee volume before they make the upfront investment in you. And even then a co-packer can cost you upwards of $50,0000 just to get started.
  • Industry average: $50,000 - $200,000

Sales, Marketing, and Trade Promotions

You probably already understand the importance of sales and marketing for getting the word out about your product. Just remember, it’s essential to have a solid sales strategy in place, whether you're partnering with brokers, hiring a sales team, or even going the DIY route.

But do you know about the importance of trade promotions? These are special deals and incentives offered to customers to encourage them to purchase your product — think of those signs in your grocery store that offer discounts, low prices, or buy-one-get-one-free deals. While these can be great for encouraging customers to buy your products, it’s important to properly budget for them when calculating your costs and margins.

  • Sales expenses, commissions, and travel
  • Marketing, advertising, and product sampling
  • Trade promotions, free fills, slotting fees, and discounts
  • Industry average: $20,000 - $100,000
Creating a COGS-Based Budget Template

By regularly updating and reviewing your COGS-based budget template, you can track your financial performance, identify opportunities for cost savings, and make data-driven decisions to improve your overall profitability.

Pro Tips for Budgeting and Financial Management

1.  Leverage University Resources for Testing and Feedback

Collaborate with universities that have food science or business programs, as their students can test your products and provide feedback for free. Utilizing their resources and insights can help you save on costs and refine your product offerings.

2. Stay Informed About Industry Trends and Best Practices

Participate in trade shows, conferences, and networking events to stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices. Engage with other CPG founders, industry experts, and thought leaders to learn from their experiences and gather insights that can help you make informed decisions.

3. Regularly Review and Optimize Your Pricing Strategy

Regularly assess your pricing and compare it to competitors. Ensure that you're offering value to customers while maintaining healthy profit margins. Consider adjusting your pricing strategy based on market conditions, promotional activities, or changes in your cost structure

4. Maintain a Healthy Cash Flow

Cash flow is crucial for the survival and growth of your CPG brand. Keep track of your accounts receivable and payable, and make sure to collect payments promptly from your customers. Maintain a sufficient cash reserve to cover unexpected expenses, and seek external financing if necessary to support your business growth.

5. Implement Efficient Inventory Management Practices

Effective inventory management helps you avoid stockouts and overstocking, which can impact your cash flow and profitability. Implement inventory tracking systems and reorder points to ensure you have the right amount of product available to meet customer demand without tying up too much capital in inventory.

6. Utilize Accounting Software and Financial Tools

Invest in reliable accounting software and financial tools to streamline your bookkeeping, budgeting, and financial reporting processes. These tools can help you stay organized, generate accurate financial reports, and make data-driven decisions to grow your business.

7.  Consult with Financial Professionals

Seek advice from financial professionals, such as accountants and financial advisors, to help you navigate the complexities of managing your CPG brand's finances. They can provide valuable insights and recommendations to help you optimize your financial performance and plan for future growth.

Budgeting and financial management are essential for the success of any emerging CPG brand. By understanding the hidden costs, creating a comprehensive COGS-based budget, and following industry best practices, first-time CPG founders can successfully navigate the financial landscape and grow their business. Remember to stay informed, leverage available resources, and consult with financial professionals to ensure your brand's long-term success.

The Hidden Costs of Starting a CPG Brand

So you’ve mapped out what feels like a comprehensive COGs-based budget for your CPG brand and you’re feeling confident that you’re in a good spot financially.

While you may have taken into account all the obvious expenses, like manufacturing, packaging, and marketing, there are several other costs that you might not know about.

From regulatory compliance and legal fees to free fills and slotting fees, there are a number of unexpected costs that can quickly add up and impact your bottom line.

We've got your back though. Here are some costs that you should know about.

Understanding the True Cost of Starting a CPG Company

1. Free Fills

Free fills are product samples or promotional items provided to retailers at no cost to encourage them to stock your products. You’re very likely to encounter this at larger stores and/or if you’re a new brand! The costs associated with free fills can add up quickly, especially if you have multiple SKUs and are entering numerous retail locations.

Say, for example, that each Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) costs $10 per case (A SKU refers to a specific product with a unique identification code, making it easier to track inventory levels). If your brand offers 5 different SKUs (i.e. five distinct products or variations of your product) and you’re aiming to get your products in 50 stores that means it could cost you $2,500 just in free fills.

2. Slotting Fees

Slotting fees, also known as slotting allowances, are fees that CPG brands often pay to retailers in exchange for shelf space in their stores. This practice is quite common in the industry, especially when it comes to large retail chains. The fees help retailers offset the risks and costs associated with introducing a new product to their inventory, such as stocking, merchandising, and the potential loss of sales if the new product does not perform well.

For emerging CPG brands, slotting fees can represent a significant financial hurdle. These fees can vary widely depending on the retailer, the product category, and the level of competition for shelf space. In some cases, slotting fees may be a one-time payment, while in others, they might be recurring, based on sales performance or the duration of the agreement with the retailer.

Negotiating slotting fees can be a challenge for smaller brands, as they often lack the financial resources and bargaining power of their larger, more established competitors. But there are some strategies that might help:

  • Understanding the market: Research the industry and product category to determine the typical range of slotting fees for similar products. This will help you set realistic expectations and budget accordingly.
  • Building strong relationships: Developing good relationships with retailers can lead to more favorable terms when negotiating slotting fees. Demonstrating your product's potential and offering support through marketing and promotional activities can help persuade retailers to give your product a chance.
  • Considering alternatives: If slotting fees are prohibitive, explore other options such as offering free fills, in-store promotions, or a higher wholesale margin to incentivize retailers to stock your product.
  • Starting small: Begin with smaller, independent retailers that may have lower or no slotting fees. This can help build brand awareness and prove product viability before approaching larger chains with potentially higher fees.
  • Being prepared to walk away: If a retailer's slotting fee demands are unreasonable or beyond your budget, it's essential to know when to walk away and focus on other opportunities.
3. Trade Promotions

Trade promotions are marketing activities that aim to increase product visibility and sales through special offers, discounts, or other incentives. While they can help drive sales, trade promotions represent a significant cost that emerging CPG brands need to account for when planning their financial strategies.


  • Budget Allocation: When creating a marketing budget, set aside a specific portion for trade promotions. This allocation should take into account your brand's objectives, target market, and overall marketing strategy. It’s crucial to strike a balance between investing in trade promotions and other marketing activities to maximize the brand's reach and impact.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis: Before executing any trade promotion, conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis to estimate the potential return on investment. This process will help determine if the promotion is worth the investment and if adjustments need to be made to the promotion strategy or budget allocation.
  • Promotional Costs: The cost of trade promotions can vary widely, depending on the type and scale of the promotion. Some common expenses include discounts or price reductions, retailer support or incentives, in-store display materials, co-op advertising costs, and promotional items. Brands should carefully consider these costs and their potential impact on overall profitability.
  • Monitoring and Adjusting: To maximize the effectiveness of trade promotions, it’s essential to monitor their performance and make necessary adjustments. If a promotion is not delivering the expected return on investment, it may be necessary to reallocate resources to other promotional activities or marketing channels that yield better results.
  • Long-term Planning: Trade promotions should be viewed as part of a long-term marketing strategy. Emerging CPG brands should create a promotional calendar that outlines planned promotions and their associated costs over an extended period, allowing for better financial planning and resource allocation.

By carefully considering the financial implications of their promotional activities, you can optimize your marketing strategies, maximize your return on investment, and ultimately drive business growth.

4. FDA Requirements and Health Checks

Before entering your first retail store, you will need to comply with FDA requirements and conduct health checks, nutritional analysis, and shelf-life testing. These activities can cost upwards of $10,000 and should be included in your financial planning.

Here are some key aspects to consider regarding the costs of FDA requirements, health checks, and other regulatory requirements:

  • Product Testing and Compliance: you may need to conduct testing to ensure their products meet FDA regulations and other industry standards. This may involve testing for safety, quality, and effectiveness, as well as meeting specific labeling and packaging requirements. These tests can be costly, especially for smaller brands with limited resources.
  • Facility Inspections and Certifications: Depending on the industry and product type, you may need to undergo facility inspections and obtain certifications to ensure their manufacturing processes comply with regulatory standards. This may involve costs related to preparing the facility for inspection, acquiring necessary permits, and maintaining required certifications.
  • Research and Development: In order to create products that comply with regulatory requirements, brands may need to invest in research and development. This can involve hiring experts, conducting research studies, and testing new product formulations or manufacturing processes. These activities can be time-consuming and costly but are necessary to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Legal and Consulting Fees: Navigating the complex web of regulatory requirements can be challenging for emerging CPG brands. Many companies choose to hire legal and consulting experts to help them understand and comply with these regulations. While these services can be expensive, they can save brands from costly mistakes and potential legal issues down the line.
  • Training and Employee Education: Ensuring all employees understand and adhere to regulatory requirements is crucial for CPG brands. This may involve providing regular training and education programs, which can come with associated costs for training materials, employee time, and potential third-party trainers.
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Updates: Regulatory requirements can change over time, and it is essential for CPG brands to stay up-to-date on any new rules or guidelines. This may involve investing in ongoing monitoring, staying informed about industry news and updates, and making necessary adjustments to products or processes as needed.

Launching a successful CPG brand can be an exciting and rewarding journey. But as you've seen, there are hidden costs that can take you by surprise if you're not prepared for them. Being aware of these potential challenges will help you make informed decisions and better allocate resources, ultimately setting your brand up for long-term success.

Supporting materials: ROI Calculator for leveraging a trade promotion management tool

Fundraising Fundamentals

Launching and growing a consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand can be an exciting and rewarding journey. However, securing the necessary funding to fuel that growth can be challenging for many founders.

Let’s explore the different ways you can raise money for your CPG brand.

1. Bootstrapping

Bootstrapping involves self-funding your business, using personal savings or income to cover initial expenses, and launch your CPG brand. While this approach may be slower and more demanding, it allows founders to maintain complete control over their business and avoids the pressure of external investors.


  • Full ownership and control of your business
  • No dilution of equity or decision-making power
  • No interest or repayment obligations


  • Limited resources and slower growth
  • Personal financial risk
2.   Friends and Family

Seeking financial support from friends and family is another common way for CPG founders to raise money in the early stages of their business. This approach can be a more accessible and flexible funding option, as friends and family may be more willing to invest in your vision and trust your ability to succeed.


  • Accessibility and familiarity with your network
  • Potentially more flexible terms
  • Emotional support from your loved ones


  • Possible strain on personal relationships
  • Limited funds compared to other financing options
3. Bank Loans

Traditional bank loans are a popular choice for many CPG founders. Securing a loan from a bank or financial institution can provide you with a lump sum of cash to fund your business, which you'll repay over time with interest.


  • Access to significant capital
  • Interest rates may be lower than other financing options
  • Builds credit history for your business


  • Requires good credit history and collateral
  • Lengthy application process
  • Monthly repayment obligations
4. Angel Investment

Angel investors are high-net-worth individuals who provide capital to early-stage companies in exchange for equity or convertible debt. These investors often bring industry expertise and valuable connections to the table, in addition to funding.


  • Access to capital and valuable resources
  • Mentorship and guidance from experienced investors
  • No repayment obligations


  • Dilution of equity and control
  • May require significant time and effort to find the right investor
5. Venture Capital (VC)

Venture capital firms invest in high-growth, early-stage companies in exchange for equity. VC firms typically provide larger investments than angel investors and often offer strategic support and resources to help your CPG brand grow.


  • Access to significant capital
  • Expertise and resources from seasoned investors
  • Potential for follow-on investments in future funding round


  • Dilution of equity and control
  • High expectations for growth and performance
  • Competitive and selective investment process
6. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, allow CPG founders to raise money from a large number of people, typically in exchange for rewards or equity. This approach can help validate your product concept and generate early buzz for your brand.


  • Access to a wide audience of potential investors
  • Validates product-market fit
  • Generates early traction and publicity


  • Requires a strong marketing strategy and campaign execution
  • Platform fees and reward fulfillment costs
  • No guarantee of reaching your funding goal

7. Inventory Financing

Inventory financing is a type of asset-based lending in which a CPG company uses its inventory as collateral to secure a loan or line of credit. This financing option can be particularly useful for CPG brands with seasonal sales or those looking to expand their product offerings.


  • Access to funds based on the value of your inventory
  • Can help manage cash flow during seasonal fluctuations
  • May be more accessible than traditional bank loans


  • Requires collateral (inventory)
  • Potentially high-interest rates
  • Risk of losing inventory if unable to repay the loan

Dilutive/ Non-Dilutive
Best For Stage
Speed (1-5)
Full ownership, control, no repayment
Limited resources, slower growth, personal risk
Early stage
Friends & Family
Accessible, flexible, emotional support
Strain on relationships, limited funds
Early stage
Bank Loans     
Significant capital, lower interest, credit
Collateral, lengthy process, repayment
Early to Growth stage
Angel Investment
Capital, resources, mentorship, no repayment4
Dilution, time-consuming search
Growth stage
Venture Capital
Significant capital, expertise, follow-on
Dilution, high expectations, competitive
Growth stage
Wide audience, validation, publicity
Marketing effort, fees, no guarantee
Early stage
Inventory Financing
Funds based on inventory, seasonal cash flow
Collateral, high interest, risk of losing assets
Growth stage

*Note: the speed and strategy scores assigned in the table above are intended only as general guidelines. It’s essential that you do your own research on each funding method before making a decision. The scores are based on the following factors:

- Time required to access funds: How quickly a CPG founder can receive the funds upon deciding to pursue that fundraising method.

- Complexity of the process: The level of effort and resources needed to successfully secure the funding.

- Reliability of funding: The likelihood of successfully receiving the funds once the process has been initiated.
- Level of support and resources provided: The extent to which the fundraising method offers additional benefits such as mentorship, industry expertise, and connections that can help the CPG brand grow.

- Alignment with long-term business objectives: How well the method supports the CPG brand's long-term growth strategy and its potential impact on the company's future direction.

- Flexibility and adaptability: The degree to which the fundraising method can be tailored to the CPG brand's unique needs and circumstances.

Tips on creating a strong pitch

It’s challenging to grow as a CPG brand when you’re low on funding and constantly reinvesting cash into inventory, leaving little to reinvest in growth. This can lead to long cycles of stagnation that are hard to get out of.

Finding the right funding options can net you valuable cash infusions you can invest in new products, market expansion, and marketing campaigns — but first, you have to prove your company’s worth to investors. And that means creating great pitches that showcase why your company is a good investment. 

Investors love a company with a compelling story and a product that solves a major pain point for consumers. You may have both, but you’ll have to convince investors that they’ll see a return on their money. For a CPG company to be appealing to investors, it needs to have the potential to grow into a big brand. This is especially true when you’re looking for investors willing to inject a large sum of cash into your company.

The best way to convince investors that your company is a good bet? Data. Let’s take a look at what information you need to include in your pitch to win them over and get the money you need to succeed.

Fundraising Tips

1. Make a good old-fashioned list

When you're looking for investors, it's essential to know your playing field, so let's chat about how to find the perfect match for your brand.

Start by making a list of your direct competitors, similar brands that share your values, and those that hang out in the same grocery aisle. This list will help you spot investors active in your space and those you shouldn't pitch (maybe because they already invest in companies that are too similar to yours, or because they don’t have enough expertise in your area).

Once you start doing your research, you’ll soon realize that there are different types of funds — there are funds that are category-agnostic (i.e. they’ll invest in anything CPG), some that only invest in companies of a certain size (i.e. only companies who have already raised an A-round), and some that are super niche (i.e. will only invest in plant-based CPG brands).

By narrowing down your list, you'll be able to fine-tune your pitches and get more valuable feedback, saving you time and energy. When reaching out to investors, show that you've done your homework by mentioning their portfolio's similarities to your brand and why you think they'd be a great fit.

It might be best to stay clear of investors who have obvious competitors in their portfolio or lack a strong CPG investment background because their primary focus is on eCommerce or tech companies.

So, to recap:

  1. Audit your brand and create a list of similar businesses to help you identify active investors in your space.
  2. Based on your findings, develop a targeted list of potential investors, filtering out those who aren't a good fit due to conflicts or lack of expertise.
  3. Consider what kind of investors would best complement your brand, taking into account their background and previous investments.

Doing thorough research will help you get a better grasp of potential investors' objectives, preferences, and reputation. This knowledge will enable you to make well-informed decisions about who to pursue and how to personalize your pitch for each investor.

Lastly, as you continue digging into your potential investors, remember to keep detailed notes! You’ll want to keep track of where they’re based, which team members who specialize in your category, and at what stage they’re likely to invest. This intel is crucial to ensure you don't pitch a fund prematurely. Go get 'em!

2. Get clear on your ask

Figuring out why you're fundraising and sharing that with potential investors is super important for your brand's success. With funds being a bit more cautious at the end of 2022, it's key to be honest with investors (and yourself) about why you're raising money.

Are you starting, scaling, saving, or selling your brand? Knowing your goals will help you create a killer and focused pitch and show investors that you've got your ducks in a row.

Pre-Seed Rounds

If you're at the pre-revenue or pre-seed stage, you’ll want your pitch to focus on your amazing team, your product’s advantages, early (positive) customer feedback, and the market size.Give them a taste of what you're all about and show them why you're the next big thing in the CPG world.

When you hit the seed stage, try to grow your revenue as much as possible and show off your product-market fit with high retail sales, loyal subscribers, and glowing reviews.

Series A Rounds

As your brand grows, your fundraising goals will change too. For Series A and bridge rounds, you'll want to show investors that you're ready to expand into wholesale channels and keep those retail numbers high.

At the growth equity stage, it's all about proving you've got a winning product and making a name for yourself in stores all over the country. This is when you'll want to raise funds for staying on shelves, expanding into new channels, partnering with celebs, going international, and launching even more amazing products.

3. Do your own research

When you're searching for the right investors, keep in mind that they should be working to impress you, too. They need to demonstrate their value before you jump into a partnership. Think about your must-haves when it comes to investors, and do some digging on them.

Don't hesitate to ask potential investors for references from founders they've assisted in the past and try to talk to these folks to learn about the investor's follow-through, unique connections, skill set, and communication style.

Ask investors for a list of introductions they'd make if you joined their portfolio. This will help you gauge the depth and value of their connections before partnering with them. Create a list of areas where you'll need support in the next 3-18 months, and try to align your investors' abilities and networks with those needs.

Keep in mind that if they can't help you with everything, they should at least know

4. DON’T send generic emails (no matter how tired you are)

When you're reaching out to potential investors, whether through cold emails or forwardable intros, always remember to make them feel special.

Most of the email can be the same for everyone, but be sure to personalize it with their name, fund, and a couple of reasons why you're particularly interested in meeting them.

Here's a simple template to get you started:

  • Introduce yourself and give a quick lowdown on your brand, including your products, value proposition, market size, and so on.
  • Share some highlights of your progress so far, like major retailers you've partnered with and your 2022 revenue.
  • Include a brief mention of how much you're raising and some key reasons why, such as retail expansion. If you've already got a term sheet from a lead investor, you can mention your valuation here; if not, just leave it out for now.
  • Finally, let them know why you're eager to meet them. Maybe their fund's focus aligns with your brand, they're known for offering great retail strategy advice, or you admire certain brands in their portfolio and want to follow a similar growth path. Perhaps you even share a personal connection beyond just professional interests.

Just remember to keep it friendly and genuine, and you'll be well on your way to making a great impression!

5. Proper communication is key

Before wrapping up a pitch call or meeting, you'll want to get a sense of whether the investor is keen on learning more about your brand.

Here are some tips to help demonstrate your interest and attention:

  • Pay attention to the questions they ask, especially if they want more info that's not in your pitch deck. Let them know you'll follow up with those details.
  • Casually ask about their usual timeline and process for evaluating investments, as each fund has its own unique way of working together to analyze companies.
  • Check if they need any extra info to help decide if your brand fits their fund. At this stage, your main goal is to secure a second meeting – it's rare to get a term sheet after just one call. They might give you an answer right away – a fast "no" is actually helpful, as it lets you focus your energy on other funds.
  • If they're interested, you can offer to send samples or give them a discount code to try out your products and experience your customer journey. If they pass on your brand during the call or meeting, still send a follow-up thank-you email. You never know – you might have another opportunity to work together down the road.
  • Offer to add them to your progress update list so they can stay in the loop. Use tools like Beehiiv to track who's engaging with your updates and who might be worth reaching out to when you're ready to raise again.
  • Don't shy away from contacting them in the future. Ask what metrics they'll be looking for when they consider investing, and keep that info handy for your investor target list.
  • Engage with them on social media platforms like LinkedIn or Twitter, and interact with their content to stay connected.

Remember, keeping the conversation friendly and genuine goes a long way in building a solid relationship with potential investors!

What should I include in my pitch?

Here's a list of the key slides to include in your deck when pitching to VCs. Feel free to play around with the order, merge some slides, or leave out a few.

Keep in mind, you need to show more traction than vision early on in your deck to grab that VC meeting!

  1. Vision: Share your mission, the problem you're solving, and how your product improves lives. Don't forget a pic of your products!
  2. Traction: Show off your sales, doors you sell in, and highlight your top retailers and channels.
  3. Momentum: Share your recent wins, like new products, retailer launches, or any big PR moments.
  4. Timeline: Showcase your growth journey and the major milestones you've achieved since launch.
  5. Products & Unit Economics: Briefly present your products, pricing, costs, and margins. Mention any unique business model aspects, too. You’ll want to highlight metrics like: your total number of online customers and the number of retail stores that sell your product. It also pays to compare your product to the competition. Do you offer a premium product with high margins, or do you compete on price and offer an affordable product? Show potential investors how your product stacks up—the features, benefits, and what makes it unique. 
  6. Sales Pipeline: Share what's next for you in retail, and include a simple chart of where you're at with different retailers.
  7. Financials: Investors will want to see a detailed overview of your financials that clearly demonstrates signs of profitability. If you aren’t currently profitable, show them the path you’re taking to get there in the near future. Highlight your revenue, operating expenses, and net profit after everything is said and done. If you currently have other funding, potential new investors will want to see a cap table showing how the other investors will be impacted in the current funding round. Your cap table tells funders who owns how much of the company and how future rounds will dilute the equity current shareholders own.

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