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Organic growth has made all the difference for my company. Since its start in 2010, Fresh n' Lean has delivered more than 7.2 million organic meals that are free of pesticides, hormones, GMOs, and other additives. The business itself has grown organically, too, without the help of any outside capital.

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It's not every day that a TV show can offer its audience tried and true tips for succeeding in their real-life endeavors. However, that has been one of greatest selling points of the popular reality series Shark Tank which showcases rising entrepreneurs pitching their business concepts to a panel of renowned investors, referred to throughout the show as "sharks." The entrepreneurs who step into the shark tank not only offer up their best business pitches, but must also come prepared to answer more cuthroat questions on their company's services, practices and revenue. While every contestant aspires to get any one shark to bite, thus enabling them to walk away with financing for their company, it is no surprise that convincing more than one shark to invest is far more challenging.

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Fundraising isn't always fun. It can be a long, agonizing, and often emotional process. Emails go unanswered; pitches fall on deaf ears; and many times investors just don't get it. This constant feedback loop (or lack thereof) can be taxing on even the most seasoned pro and can push founders to believe that they have to change and become more aggressive, tougher, and do anything possible to get to that yes. Don't fall into this trap. Here's how to remain true to yourself and feel confident in your own story and pitch.

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If you have ever worked a desk job then you know how exhausting it can feel to be sitting down for hours at a time. You get up every now and then and walk to the water cooler just for the opportunity to stretch your legs, but ultimately this daily routine begins to have noticeable effects on your health, often making you feel more lethargic. For Shivani Jain, a then college student at the University of Chicago, interning at a corporate office meant sacrificing the healthy and active routine she once knew. During her junior year of college, it was then that she and two of her peers, Arnav Dalmia and Ryota Sekine, noticed how sedentary their lives had become and collectively thought to create a product that would bring movement to you.

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Ask any woman who has ever attempted to raise funds for a business venture and she'll have a least one story of the sexism she faced in her pursuit. Whether it's being treated like a child; having failure rather than success assumed; or suffering through a public "show us your pregnant belly" request during a meeting, women have endured it all. It's preposterous really, considering that it's 2019. But it's true.

You're exhausted.

You've been at this project for hours on end, and nothing seems to be working.

The copy is stuck.

The title is a big fail.

And for some reason, you can't think of one brilliant, funny, or even semi-not-cringe-worthy to say to your audience.

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