Data rooms are widely known to create value for companies that are being acquired, but they also bring immense benefits to businesses that are seeking capital. A virtual Data Room is a central platform that lets you organize share, manage, and store the critical documents an investor would like to look over as part of their due diligence. This can help accelerate the process of fundraising and give investors more confidence in the performance of your company.

Choosing what to include in your investor data room is a daunting task for founders. While the requirements of each business will vary somewhat, most investors will require similar things. To help you get started we’ve compiled a checklist of common documents to include in your investor data room together with suggestions for how best to organise the documents.

A brief introductory pitch deck, which is a simple PDF of your pitch that can be stored in the same spot as your other documents – is the perfect way to quickly engage investors. It’s also a great way to show that you take transparency and communication with investors seriously.

The inclusion of past investor updates proves that you’ve always taken their feedback into account, and are willing to share the information with them even when the results haven’t been great. In addition to providing evidence of your ability to get through difficult times These updates will show the quality of your relationships with investors and help build confidence in the process of investing. The ability to track your data within your Data Room helps you to track which investors are engaged with the documents and how long they’re spending in each folder. This will give you an idea of the level of commitment investors have to investing and provide you with the information needed to make a good decision.