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Top 4 key legal requirements to look out for when registering a startup


A startup is simply defined 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.


A startup company must be registered under the Companies Act 2015. The conditions for registration/ formation of a startup company are: –

  1. The startup company must be formed by one or more persons
  2. The person(s) must subscribe their names to a memorandum of association
  • An application for registration must be lodged with the Registrar of Companies and it shall state: –
  • the proposed name of the company;
  • the proposed location of the registered office of the company;
  • whether the liability of the members of the company is to be limited, and if so whether it is to be limited by shares or by guarantee; and
  • whether the company is to be a private or a public company.
  1. Articles of Association shall also be lodged with the Registrar.

The following documents are required for purposes of registration:

  1. The statement of capital and initial shareholding
  2. Statement of guarantee
  • Statement of proposed officers.


Upon incorporation, the startup becomes a legal person, with rights and obligations of its own, with separate personality from its owners. The effect of incorporation is that the startup exists as a legal person, meaning that it has the right to sue or be sued, can enter into contract, has perpetual succession and it has a separate legal personality from that of its shareholders.


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