It’s vital to have an excellent pitch and a great group in order to attract investors. However, a well-designed data room can also assist in closing deals more quickly. In this article, we’ll take you through what to include in a startup data room in order to make it as beneficial as possible for potential investors.

The term “dataroom” dates back to the early 1900s, when companies used to print documents and place them in rooms so that potential investors could look them over. Thankfully, we now have the ability to do this electronically through digital investor data rooms. The goal of a data room is to provide one source of reliable information to investors and potential partners. It streamlines due diligence and allows for you to demonstrate to investors and prospective partners that you have systems in place to handle sensitive information, ranging from patents and new product developments to financial performance and strategies for customer acquisition.

It is crucial to select the right software and be sure it is compliant with data security standards like GDPR, FERPA and HIPAA. It’s also vital to have a team member dedicated to managing the data room. Otherwise, it can be difficult to keep up with the influx of contracts, and also ensure that they are properly filed in the right location.

It is best to follow a top down approach to organize your dataroom. This allows you to have an array of folders that correspond to specific types of information or project stages. You should then create subfolders within those folders to arrange the information.