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The 8 key essential documents required for startups?


A startup is as a company at its initial stages in its business. When a startup is newly formed it often requires financing either through capital contribution from the company’s owners/ promoters or through investor financing, loan facilities and venture capitalists.

The formation of a startup company is pegged on two considerations namely; registration and incorporation.

  1. Term sheet- This is a nonbinding agreement between parties, having the basic terms and conditions of an investment. The nonbinding effect of a term sheet signifies the avoidance of legal formalities that arise when seeking investment prospects. Once parties have agreed to the terms of the term sheet, a legally binding agreement or contract is then drawn up.
  2. Shareholder Agreement- This agreement states the class and number of shares allocated to each shareholder.
  3. Share Subscription Agreement– This agreement is essential in the transfer of new shares to investors where they inject capital into the business. The company allots shares to them upon revaluation of their total issued share capital.
  4. Contractual Agreements- These are necessary where the startup is entering into obligations for various purposes such as service agreements for services to be rendered, supply agreements for supply of merchandise etc.
  5. Employment Contracts- These are necessary where the startup seeks to hire new staff.
  6. Tenancy Agreements- These are necessary where a startup is renting business premises. It would enter into tenancy agreements with the owner of the property either on a periodic tenancy basis or as a lease.
  7. Non- Competition Agreements- These agreements are also referred to as restrictive contracts. They are entered into between employers and employees where they prohibit employees from revealing trade secrets about the startup to competitors or other outsiders. It also forbids workers from themselves competing with their ex-employer for a certain period of time after leaving employment.
  8. Non- Disclosure Agreement- These agreements create a confidential relationship between an individual with sensitive or privileged information and an individual who will access such information.


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The success of a startup is pegged on how well it protects itself from loss and harm arising from contractual relationships. Such loss and harm is prevented or reduced by having the right contracts in place. At Netsheria International, we offer a wide scope of legal documents that can be tailored to meet the requirements for a startup. For more information, kindly visit our website at www.netsheria.com

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