A recent study by Intuit Canada found that 44% of Canadian entrepreneurs have been turned down by an investor. Up to 68% don’t have a cash flow statement on hand when they pitch, while 35% don’t prepare a business plan at all. One in 10 reported that, when it comes to a meeting with an important investor, they don’t prepare anything at all.
That’s a serious problem says Michele Romanow, serial entrepreneur, frequent angel investor, and the youngest of the stars of CBC’s Dragons’ Den. “Practice, practice, practice,” she intones, cautioning young business-starters against the idea that they can make things up on the fly.