Terms sheets

Key points

  • A term sheet is a document that describes the key terms of the investment before you pay for a lawyer to prepare them for you.
  • Term sheets allow you to invite potential investors to invest on the same terms (if agreed by the lead investor).
  • Key points of a term sheet:
    • Name of the investor
    • Amount being invested
    • Pre-money valuation
    • The types of shares
    • Provisions around founder lock-in and vesting
    • Investor rights, including the right to appoint a Director (and the Director approval rights)
    • Provisions around governance
    • The rules around issuing and transferring shares
    • It should also have a capitalisation table attached.

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