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Funding Guides Published:  Oct 22, 2019 2 min read

The 25 step guide to completing your first funding round

We prepared this handy overview of all the things you’ll need to do for a seed funding round. Some items are things you can complete right here using the SeedLegals platform, others are just advice or links to further reading.‍

Get Investment Ready

1. Get knowledgeable on the legal process and jargon

Refer to our guide on legal terms jargon explained

2. Decide what deal terms you’re looking for

Check out these SeedCamp guides on: How much money you should raise and How to value your company

3. Find the right investors

4. Get investment ready – prepare for your pitch deck

5. Check whether you qualify for SEIS / EIS

Refer to the SeedLegals EIS / SEIS Quick Guide

6. Negotiate with your potential investors

Agree the Deal

7. Create your new articles of incorporation

Here’s why your articles need amending

8. Build your cap table to reflect existing and new shareholding

9. Create Shareholders & Subscription Agreement

10. Key team members to sign IP assignment agreement

11. Team to sign employment & service agreements

Close the Deal

12. Complete the disclosure letter

13. Complete representations & warranties

14. Hold board meeting to approve funding and share issue

15. Create a shareholders’ resolution

16. Inform shareholders and investors what’s needed from them

17. Get deal approval

18. Sign shareholders agreement

19. Send signed forms to all parties for countersigning

20. All parties return countersigned forms

21. Investors deposit goes into your company’s bank account

22. Create, sign and send out shareholder certificates

23. Update your company share register

24. File SH01 form with Companies House

25. Get back to your real business!

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