Investors require a lot of information to do their due diligence. Therefore, it is essential to establish your data room as soon as possible after you start your fundraising efforts. By including all of the necessary documents, you can accelerate the investment deal process.
It is also recommended to include an index or table of contents for each section of the data room to facilitate navigation. Private equity firms will appreciate the quality of documentation that is easy to navigate. In addition, it is crucial to highlight any changes to information since the initial upload of a particular document. This shows that you are up to date and shows your willingness to provide transparency throughout the entire process.
Investors frequently request historical and/or future financial statements. This will allow investors to check your numbers’ accuracy and ensure that they are in conformity with your pitch deck. Additionally, if you are providing projected financials, it’s recommended to include the assumptions, sources and reasoning behind the projections in the data room.
Some founders include other materials, such as resumes of the key members of the team including employee stock agreements, documentation regarding hiring. This will help investors get an overview of the company and its employees. Additionally some entrepreneurs may include an analysis of the market or a growth strategy to show that the company is in a position to succeed in its business.