Backbone view with template not firing events

I’m having some problems with my view handling it’s events. They simply don’t fire.
The view has it’s html from a template that looks like this:

<script type="text/template" id="intro-slide-template">
  <div class="slide intro" id="intro-slide">
    <a href="#" class="startpresentation" id="start-btn">
      <%= startpresentation %>

So far so good.
The view code itself look’s like this:

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  •   /* ********* Slide View  *********  */
        window.IntroSlideView = Backbone.View.extend({           
            initialize: function(){             
                this.template = _.template($("#intro-slide-template").html());          
            render: function(){     
            events: {
                "click #start-btn": "clickHandler"
            clickHandler: function() {
                console.log("IntroSlideView     ::      clickHandler");

    This is how I render the slide to the main app’s view:

    /* ********* App View  *********  */
    window.AppView = Backbone.View.extend({
        el: $("#content"),
        initialize: function(){
            _.bindAll(this, 'render');      
        render: function(){                     
            this.el.innerHTML = "";     
            var slide = this.model.get("currentSlide");
            this.el.innerHTML = slide.el.innerHTML;

    The view is getting rendered to the screen perfectly, and it works just like it should.
    But the click event is not firing.

    When I inspect the slide view object, I can see that it do haves el object with the right HTML in it, including the button that has to fire a click event.

    And when I log the view’s events, I see that they are set:

    click #start-btn: "clickHandler"
    __proto__: Object

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    Try this pattern

    window.AppView = Backbone.View.extend({
      render: function() {
        this.slide = new window.IntroSlideView({ el: this.$(".slide") });
        // ...