Externally-focused plans draft goals that are important to outside stakeholders, particularly financial stakeholders.
These plans typically have detailed information about the organization or the team making effort to reach its goals.
A pitch deck is a slide show and oral presentation that is meant to trigger discussion and interest potential investors in reading the written presentation.
The content of the presentation is usually limited to the executive summary and a few key graphs showing financial trends and key decision making benchmarks.
This allows success of the plan to be measured using non-financial measures.
Business plans that identify and target internal goals, but provide only general guidance on how they will be met are called strategic plans.An externally targeted business plan should list all legal concerns and financial liabilities that might negatively affect investors.Depending on the amount of funds being raised and the audience to whom the plan is presented, failure to do this may have severe legal consequences.This situation is complicated by the fact that many venture capitalists will refuse to sign an NDA before looking at a business plan, lest it put them in the untenable position of looking at two independently developed look-alike business plans, both claiming originality.In such situations, one may need to develop two versions of the business plan: a stripped-down plan that can be used to develop a relationship and a detailed plan that is only shown when investors have sufficient interest and trust to sign a Non-disclosure agreement.An "elevator pitch" is a short summary of the plan's executive summary.This is often used as a teaser to awaken the interest of potential investors, customers, or strategic partners.During the dot-com bubble 1997-2001 this was a problem for many technology start-ups.Reference class forecasting has been developed to reduce the risks of cost overruns and revenue shortfalls and thus generate more accurate business plans.Operational plans describe the goals of an internal organization, working group or department. The content and format of the business plan is determined by the goals and audience.For example, a business plan for a non-profit might discuss the fit between the business plan and the organization's mission.